March 21, 2018

Bulls to adhere to NBA rules about resting players, tanking

08 March 2018, 02:50 | Lena Norman

Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

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And the Chicago Bulls happen to be the team in their cross-hairs.

With no shot at the postseason and a tight race determining which teams will have the best shot at the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, some teams are looking to win the race to the bottom. Players such as Cristiano Felicio and David Nwaba have been placed in the starting lineup in games down the stretch in favor of veterans such as Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday, both of whom have been inactive for most of the games since the All-Star break.

The league seems to be very serious on the tanking issue across the league.

"We have been careful to distinguish between efforts teams may make to rebuild their rosters, including through personnel changes over the course of several seasons, and circumstances in which players or coaches on the floor take steps to lose games", Silver wrote in the memo, obtained by USA Today Sports.

The Bulls have reportedly received an odd warning from the National Basketball Association. Rest is OK, but resting healthy players too much or at inopportune times can be seen as bad for the league.

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"After the All-Star break, we had communication with the league office about Robin and Justin's roles", Paxson said. The NBA has reacted similarly in the past when contenders rest multiple healthy players on the night of a national TV game.

In as politically correct terms as possible, Paxson essentially says the Bulls got called out for tanking.

The Bulls now hold the 8th-worst winning percentage in the league, giving them only a 2.8% shot at the first overall pic.

The NBA is getting serious about its crackdown on tanking as they warn the Chicago Bulls organization to stop resting healthy players. However, despite all of the losing lately, they have just the eighth-worst record overall.

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