Odds & Ends: Celtics, Tanking, Luxury Tax

As the season continues the rumors of NBA teams “tanking” increases. Nate Duncan of Hoopsworld cannot recall a season where tanking was prevalent so early in the year as it has been this season.  Duncan also joins fellow Hoopsworld writers Jessica Camerato and Alex Kennedy to debate whether tanking is bad for the NBA. Mark Heisler of the Orange County Register argues that no teams should tank this season because this draft does not include the superstar player that years prior contained.

  • Currently playing for a team rumored to be tanking this season, Gerald Wallace of the Boston Celtics tells Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer that he has accepted his new role on NBA rosters as a mentor and trade chip.
  • Another Celtics player, Avery Bradley, recaps the Celtics off-season transactions to ESPNBoston.com’s Louise Cornetta while adding this season’s goals include “to go to the playoffs and win the championship”.
  • On the opposite end of teams that are tanking, Marc Stein of ESPN.com updates which teams are pursuing an NBA championship so aggressively that they will be paying luxury tax this season.

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