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Published: Monday, Feb. 10 2014 8:52 p.m. MST

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JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

Both teams need to lose for the lottery sweeps. Which one will win in spite of orders from management to "play it close to the vest".

Objectified
Tooele, UT

It's a common misconception that management of any team will actually come right out and tell their players to throw games in order to draft better.

And even if they did, there's too much to lose for individual players to actually do so. If players don't perform well and look good, there is an enhanced possibility of being cut from their team. And if they haven't been playing well, there's also a good chance no other team will pick them up, thus ending their basketball careers. The same reasoning applies to their coach.

A coach could put in combinations of players that will lessen their chance of winning, but no individual players are going to not do their best. It wouldn't be worth risking their entire careers to not do so. It's just common sense if you think about it.

Once a team no longer has a chance to make the playoffs, there are some fans who propagate the rumors, or perhaps even the hope, that the team will then lose often enough to get a better draft pick. But to do so purposely makes very little sense from the participant's viewpoint.

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