With no shot at the postseason and a tight race determining which teams will have the best shot at the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, some teams are looking to win the race to the bottom.
The Bulls have lost 14 of their past 17 games and publicly stated in mid-February that they would begin sitting Lopez and Holiday.
The league seems to be very serious on the tanking issue across the league.
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Well, nevermind-what's silly about it is the fact that the Bulls are resting healthy players. The report was later confirmed by ESPN, who received comment from the Bulls.
"After the All-Star break we had communication with the league office about Robin and Justin's roles".
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The NBA and commissioner Adam Silver formally informed team owners about resting healthy players - perhaps an effort to diminish the league-wide verbiage of "tanking" - after the league moved up the start of this season to spread games out for coaches and players. "We respect the communication and cooperative dialogue with the league and will adhere to their recommendations".
In as politically correct terms as possible, Paxson essentially says the Bulls got called out for tanking. The team has lost five of the six games in which he Saturday Justin Holiday, who is averaging 13 points per game, has only played once since the All-Star break.
The Bulls, like many teams around the league, are focused on this spring's upcoming draft lottery and have made it clear that they want to see how younger players on their roster do with extended minutes.
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The Bulls, who are 21-42, now sit in the eighth position in the draft lottery.