Should the Chicago Bulls have lost on purpose?

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.

Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade during the Chicago Bulls media day in 2016. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade during the Chicago Bulls media day in 2016. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

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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  • Unless the draft lottery is fixed to get Chicago the #1 pick despite a 1.72% chance, it doesn't make much difference if they get the 14th or 15th pick.

    Last year they got Denzel Valentine at the 14th pick, and I don't recall him doing much of anything this season.

    And, technically, the players don't have to cheat. Management could have been like the Cubs, who traded away Scott Feldman a couple of times and said "we had to trade Jeff Samardzija" (but note that the Sox had about the same draft picks as the Cubs, and Billy Beane was stupid enough to trade Addison Russell in the Jeff trade), or be like the Nets and sit out everyone (although there was controversy when LeBron and then Golden State pulled the same thing on national ABC broadcasts).

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