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Commish: Tanking doesn't exist

Updated: March 13, 2014, 9:39 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- You call it "tanking."

NBA commissioner Adam Silver calls it "rebuilding."

That's what the league's new boss said Wednesday when asked whether the NBA needed to do more to discourage teams from pinning their hopes on the draft lottery. Limiting the definition of tanking -- at one point referring to it as "the T-word" -- to intentionally losing individual games, Silver says he doesn't think it exists.

"The coaches and players, or some subset of that group, ...

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