March Badness: NBA Finding It’s Not Easy To Stop Tanking

FILE – In this Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban watches from the crowd during NBA All-Star Saturday in Los Angeles. When the Dallas owner went on Hall of Famer Julius Erving’s podcast in February and said he told his players that “losing is our best option,” the league fined him $600,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.” That put a spotlight on the Mavericks. So if they were planning on packing it in and trying to add more young legs in the draft for Nowitzki’s expected swan song, suddenly they had to change plans. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can’t be fooled.

He knows when teams aren’t giving an honest effort, when they are out there playing but not playing to win.

“It’s pretty obvious,” Nowitzki said.

While easy to spot, tanking is not so easy to stop, the NBA is finding. READ MORE>

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