It seems everyone has a solution on how to stop NBA teams from tanking games to improve their draft position.
The discussion has picked up this season as the Philadelphia 76ers, who traded two of their best players for minimal return, tied the NBA record for consecutive losses at 26.
Most ideas tinker with the NBA’s lottery system, which gives the worst teams the best chance of winning it.
Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive, who is always looking to be at the forefront of new-age thinking, has a plan to keep front offices from doing all they can to pile up losses.
Ranadive calls it the “V-Plan” and believes it would change how teams approach the season and the rebuilding process.
“Part one is that we freeze the draft lottery order at the All-Star break,” Ranadive said. The rationale is if the lottery order is set then, teams would not have incentive to dump players at the trade deadline simply for the purpose of tanking.
Ranadive’s plan also would feature a way to keep every team engaged to the season’s end by keeping them all eligible for the postseason.
“Then part two is at the end of the season the top seven teams in the East and the top seven teams in the West make the playoffs,” Ranadive said. “And then for the eighth spot, the remaining eight teams (in each conference) have a college-style sudden-death playoff at a neutral place.”
Parkinson’s awareness – Former Kings power forward Brian Grant was at Wednesday’s game to help bring awareness to the Brian Grant Foundation, which promotes those with Parkinson’s disease living active and healthy lives.
Parkinson’s is a disorder of the brain that leads to tremors and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination.
Grant, the eighth overall pick in the 1994 draft by the Kings, was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s in 2008 after retiring from the NBA.
Bollywood time – The Kings hosted “Bollywood Night” on Wednesday, a celebration of Indian culture and cinema.
The players wore shooting shirts with “Kings” written in Hindi, and fans received T-shirts in various colors with “Kings” written in Hindi.
Ranadive’s daughter, Anjali, sang as part of the halftime festivities.
Ranadive is the first Indian-born NBA owner.
Two players ailing – Isaiah Thomas missed his fifth consecutive game because of a right quadriceps contusion, and coach Michael Malone said an MRI confirmed a “very” deep thigh bruise.
Aaron Gray missed his second straight game because of a stomach illness.