That's the thinking: lose games so they wouldn't have made the playoffs and consequently qualify for a higher rookie draft choice. That thinking also applied to the Bears who would have grabbed number one draft position (instead of the third) if they had lost some games on purpose.
thinking showed up, for example here from one of Chicago's best sports writers and plenty of others. But there's a name for that: Throwing the game.
I'm as frustrated as anyone about the Bulls and Bears mediocre and dismal performances respectively. I agree with about every criticism made about front-office ineptitude, lousy draft picks and ho-hum playing. But throwing games is cheating. A lousy example to teach the kids. And a insult to the players. If it were me, the criticism that I didn't try to throw a game would only make me try harder.
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