What exactly IS "tanking"?

Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by PtldPlatypus, Apr 15, 2024.

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What exactly IS tanking?

  1. Management dispatching the best players and bringing in youngsters

    12.5%
  2. Management faking/exaggerating injuries to reduce win probabilities

    93.8%
  3. Management/coaching prioritizing development over victories

    6.3%
  4. Coaching staff benching top players to make winning harder

    68.8%
  5. Players choosing to sit out/play soft, not trying to win

    6.3%
  6. Something else that I will explain below so it can be added to the poll

    6.3%
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  1. PtldPlatypus

    PtldPlatypus Let's go Baby Blazers! Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Perhaps not a "well thought poll", but I figured I'd try. Pick your favorite 2-3 options.
     
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  2. Tince

    Tince Well-Known Member

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    Options 2/4/5 would fit my definition of tanking, even though I don't think option 5 is happening in the league.

    Options 1/3 seem more like "rebuilding" than "tanking".
     
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    kjironman1 Well-Known Member

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    I could go with the top 4. Hope I never see 5.
     
  4. Chris Craig

    Chris Craig (Blazersland) I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    See the 2023-2024 Blazers
     
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    Whyachi Well-Known Member

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    Using "live by the 3, die by the 3" on a Blazers team lacking skilled shooters from deep. Coach Billups wants his guys to keep firing away, even if Portland bricks 10-15 in a row.

    Mosh pit offensive rebounding. When the opponent grabs a defensive board with room to manuever, opponent fast breaks are frequent and successful.

    Get back get back! Pull up game highlights, and you'll see non-turnover opponent fast breaks. Where'd all the Blazers go ?? Oap.. there's a 4th Blazer lightly jogging back.
     
  6. Natebishop3

    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    Only in the second half.... so technically just the 2024 Blazers.

    I don't think we were tanking in the first half when we were playing Simons/Ayton/Brogdon/Grant.
     
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    I think when people get angry about tanking they're talking about options 2 and 4. When the best players on the team are held out when they are able to play, in an effort to increase losses and therefore lotto odds.

    I don't think rebuilding, even a youth rebuild is considered tanking but it does quite often end up with a team getting pretty high lotto odds.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that most fans who complain about tanking really hate the inorganic nature of trying to lose by not putting your best players out there.
     
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    e_blazer Rip City Fan

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    I agree with Tince's and blazerkor's posts. Let's get real though, until the league sends out a warning and comes down hard on teams that employ tanking practices, it's going to continue. The potential rewards are too great.
     
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