When the highly respected Greg Popovich "strategically" sat Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker against us earlier this year, despite jeopardising (and ultimately sacrificing) an 11(?) game winning streak, would you have called that tanking? Or would you feel more comfortable looking at it as a strategy for short-term loss vs. long-term gain? Coaches employ strategies like this all the time. Maybe they are trying to rest their players, or prevent injuring key guys in games that "don't mean anything" (define that how you will) I think in these cases, the coach/player/team is making a decision that will put them in the best position possible going forward, even if that means losing in the mean time. So if you want to call it "strategy" feel free, if you want to call it tanking, go right ahead, its merely a matter of semantics, but I think the purpose is the same either way.
I can understand that people now are rooting for Caleb Canales, and many are excited about the things he's trying to do with this team, such as playing guys in spots where they want to be, putting new wrinkles in the offense, bringing enthusiasm back to the team, etc. But I think some of you are missing the point. With the exception of the feel-good game against the Bulls
, we need to continue to lose games, we need to "TANK" the rest of the season!
Now that we have cleaned house, there is zero sense in trying futily to win this year, I mean whats the point? so we can get into the playoffs!?! Even if we did, how would that benefit us next season? It wouldn't, in fact it would only hurt our rebuilding efforts by making our 1st round pick less valuable. We have no chance of getting the #1 pick with NJ's pick (which I still can't believe we were able to steal!) we need our own pick this year to be as high as possible, to give us the best chance at possibly winning the draft lottery and getting the #1 pick again. Wouldn't that be the sweetest bit of basketball karma ever if we landed the #1 pick after losing Greg and Roy? Absolutely! Therefore, it would be in our best interest to stop winning anymore games this season.
If you had disagreed with this "strategy" before the incredible trade deadline house-cleaning, I might have been able to listen to your argument (even though I wouldnt agree) but now, NO WAY. Anyone who disagrees at this point is either ignorant, just plain crazy, or has a lot of money invested in season tickets this year and is understandably aggravated with the current situation (I truly do understand). So I say have fun watching Caleb experiment with the team, savor that one win vs the Bulls, but really root for the Blazers to LOSE the rest of our games this season. Now lets employ some long-term "strategy" and start tanking!