There is no easy answer to tanking in the NBA — if there was it would have been fixed already.
Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban went on the Dan Patrick Show Monday and said there may not be a way to fix it — franchises that are struggling sell their fans on hope, of striking it big in the lottery and that changing the team’s fortunes is a real hope. If you fix the incentives to tank but kill the idea of bad teams having hope then you have messed with their business model. And the NBA is a business first and foremost. Don’t ever forget that.
Cuban and Patrick also discuss the one-and-done rule nobody likes — Cuban again advocates for the D-League as a path — and some other NBA topics.