“When you say you’re tanking, if you’re going to say by playing a different player on the bench is tanking,
Hey, I said that. Where are you going with this?
well, that’s a heck of an indictment on that player,” Frank said. “You’re saying that guy’s not worthy of being in the NBA, because that’s what you’re saying.
I certainly didn’t say anything like that, and I think Frank knows that. When a team is truly trying to win games, some players deserve more minutes than others. That doesn’t mean the players less deserving of minutes don’t belong in the NBA. It just means they don’t deserve big NBA minutes. There’s a clear difference.
I believe Frank expects every player to play hard . I believe Frank expects every player to do his best to help the Pistons win. I believe Frank’s main goal, once he chooses the players to take the court, is guiding them to victory.
But Frank isn’t stupid.
He knows that a lineup that includes Vernon Macklin and Austin Daye is less likely to win than a lineup that includes Ben Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. It’s a form of tanking, not the most egregious form, but a form nonetheless.