Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Chicago Bulls reportedly warned by National Basketball Association about seemingly tanking

Chicago Bulls reportedly warned by National Basketball Association about seemingly tanking

With valuable lottery balls and a shot at a potentially franchise-changing first overall draft pick at stake, some teams do what they can to lose in the short-term in the interest of future success.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Chicago Bulls received a warning from the league about resting healthy starters, namely Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday.

The Chicago Bulls will start playing Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday again after receiving a reminder from the league about player rest and tanking.

As the talk surrounding tanking reaches a fever pitch around the National Basketball Association, the Chicago Bulls have had an ongoing dialogue with the league office regarding the best way to handle the final 19 games of the season.

After playing and starting for the Bulls in their first 57 games of the season, head coach Fred Hoiberg chose to sit him in their last six outings, and allow their young guns to gain more experience on the court. They host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

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Teams can't sit healthy players for high-profile, nationally televised games.

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. It was a tough situation for Lopez, but he accepted it like a true professional, as he understands the direction the Bulls are headed.

"No, I don't think so, " Hoiberg said, when asked if this messes with what the Bulls wanted to get done on developmental front the remainder of the year.

The Chicago Bulls have now the league's eighth worst record. There were five teams tied with 20 wins right behind the Bulls, who are trying to see how some of their younger players perform with bigger roles. "That's still what we're doing".

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