April 17, 2007
This is my follow-up to the conversation from Mike and Mike on Monday. Let's call this the Greeny plan in honor of Mike Greenberg. Greeny was upset that there was even talk of the Celtics not playing to win, instead trying to secure more opportunities to win the draft lottery.
David Stern is a man of great integrity and he has done a super job of marketing the league. So let's send this plan off to him …
Work a deal out that of the teams in the lottery, the team with the most wins gets the most balls in the hopper. That would give incentive to win games down the stretch instead of trying to have a worse record. Eliminate any chance of a team sitting out players and not trying 100 percent to win. Why would you want to reward a team for not trying to win games?
You'd better get as many Ws as possible.
I can hear people screaming that the idea is to provide balance, give the guy on the bottom a chance to improve and move up in the world. Let teams spend money and get players via free agency to elevate their status too.
It is vital to protect the integrity of the game, so the Greeny plan gets my ringing endorsement.
Hey Greeny, share that with your listeners and viewers and get their thoughts…
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979. Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.