Too early for teams to ponder tanking
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Some tremendous young players are about to take over the league, and they won't be deterred by a depressing won-lost record.
By March and April, stone-cold reality will have coaches and club executives looking hard at the standings and how they affect the lottery.
The Warriors did a masterful late-season tank job to make sure they got a first-round draft pick two seasons ago, and it paid off handsomely (Harrison Barnes).
At a time when truly gifted centers are nearly extinct, Davis is a shot-blocker with a shooter's finesse and, as we saw against the Lakers, the ability to take off from the free-throw line for a soaring dunk.
On NBA TV, former coach Mike Fratello called Davis "a franchise player."
-- Interesting to hear TNT's Charles Barkley claim Miami "needs" Greg Oden to bolster its front line and stay ahead of the NBA pack.
Oden did throw down a dunk in a preseason game, prompting teammate Shane Battier to experience "the most emotion I've ever felt in an exhibition, just to
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