The 76ers just went a whole month without winning a single game (0-11).
All I can say is that Sam Hinkie better know what he’s doing, because if this plan of his doesn’t work, he’ll have wrecked our team for no reason.
This may just be me that feels this way, but block/charge calls are stupid. Mainly charge calls. I’m sorry, but in what universe is standing there considered good defense? It’s stupid. You shouldn’t get rewarded for making absolutely no effort to do anything. All this nonsense about legal guarding position, having your feet set…it’s stupid. I say once the dude leaves his feet, no charging calls. Kudos to all the defenders who got posterized instead of standing there still (or moving out of the way).
I found this thing called TrueHoop on ESPN - it’s like a network on blogs or something. Here’s a sample: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/40381/fix-tanking-grade-on-a-curve (Notice the side section labeled “HoopIdea on tanking” and the bulleted list of links, which I’ve been reading all day). Also, http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/category/_/name/tanking has like any blog entry with tag “tanking”
Say what you want about baseball, but it has the best all star game by far. And this is because the all star game is played like a normal game would be played (just with better overall rosters). In a regular game, the pitchers try to get the batters out, the batters try to get hits or walks, and when necessary the fielders try to get runners out. None of these significantly change during the all star game.
But take a look at the other sports and their all star games. Basically, anything that involves extraordinary effort is out. Defense requires effort, and this just isn’t going to happen. Beyond just effort, defense in football or hockey often means inflicting pain in some form, which carries significant injury risk. And again, not happening in an exhibition game. So these games are shells of themselves without defense.
Baseball doesn’t really have significant injury risks, other than pitchers and their arms I suppose. But they usually only pitch an inning or two, and most pitching injuries are developed over long periods of time (talking like a few months, not a few innings). But batting involves more concentration and hand-eye coordination than physical exertion, so no reason to not do so wholeheartedly. And most physical effort from there involves running (the bases, the field) which isn’t “difficult” either. So the gameplay doesn’t suffer.
To end, let me just especially call out the NBA all star game - there isn’t that much injury risk and defense doesn’t particularly involving hitting like football or checking like hockey. There’s no reason the game shouldn’t resemble an ordinary NBA game, other than people just not wanting to try on defense. Maybe if they tried a little harder, the game would be more watchable.
So I was watching the end of the Boston U vs U of New Hampshire hockey game, and Boston U pulled their goalie down 4-3, and then iced the puck by accident. So, of course, for the faceoff, the goalie was back with 5 skaters. This is the rule.
But why is it the rule? I think the rule should be, if you ice the puck, your skaters have to remain on the ice, no exceptions (barring serious injury needs). (As an aside, which skater is allowed to come off the ice? Does the team get to pick?). Even further, if a goalie commits a penalty, he should have to serve his own time. Put in the backup. And if you don’t have one, stinks for you now, doesn’t it? Better tell your starter to not take a penalty under any circumstances. Goalies shouldn’t get to escape justice. And the penalty box is great justice - you commit a penalty, you have to sit in the box in shame for the duration of the man advantage. Genius.
Goalies should have to serve their own penalties just like pitchers should be forced to bat.
This is not a perfect solution at all and has its own set of problems, but I think every team in the lottery should have the same probability of getting each lottery pick.
The draft lottery would look like this: first, each team gets a 1 in 14 shot for the top pick…after that pick is determined, each remaining team gets a 1 in 13 shot for the second pick, and so on.
While there is still incentive to tank (purposely field a subpar team in efforts to lose and get a higher draft pick), you only have to tank to a “miss the playoffs” level and not to the “we lost consecutive games by more than 40 points” level. There’s no incentive to accumulating as many losses as possible, as long as you miss the playoffs.
Some problems include “legitimately bad” teams (teams that aren’t tanking, but suck anyway), but any solution to tanking is probably going to include this issue. It’s also possible a good team suffers like a terrible season-long injury to a good player, misses the playoffs, and gets the number one pick.
And unlike other plans I’ve heard, this one is simple enough to possibly happen.