Found July 31, 2013 on Celtics Life:
At the beginning of the month I wrote a piece called "History Lesson: A revealing look inside the 1996-97 tank job."  It was a miserable year that I would never want the Celtics to repeat.  Yesterday Mike Dyer discussed why Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo will prevent the Celtics from tanking this year.  I am adamantly opposed to tanking.  There is no guarantee being really bad will ever make you really good; sometimes it just makes you the Toronto Raptors.  But if you believe Boston's best path towards banner #18 is losing on purpose this year to try to get the best draft pick possible, here are some numbers I dug up that may sway you: The NBA draft lottery began in 1985.  In the 28 years of its existence the team with the worst record has gotten the #1 selection only 4 times (14%). Since this is a deep draft, maybe the C's would be fine with the second, third or fourth pick?  Of the 84 players chosen in spots 2-4 since 1985, only two of them have ever won a title ...
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