Coach K: 'Shame on whoever' tanks in NBA
Mike Krzyzewski doesn't think NBA teams should tank in order to improve their chances of landing Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Julius Randle.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, however, doesn't think NBA teams should tank in an attempt to land one of the talented freshmen.
"As an American, I wouldn't like to think that an American team would want to lose or create situations where you would want to lose," Krzyzewski said following Duke's 94-83 loss to Wiggins and Kansas.
"I can't even fathom -- I can't go there. I can't believe that that would happen. Maybe I'm naive and I'm going to go read a fairy tale after this."
The soaring draft stocks of Wiggins, Parker and Randle have led to widespread speculation that some NBA teams will intentionally lose games this season to increase their chances of a high lottery pick in the 2014 draft.
General managers and scouts from all 30 NBA teams were in attendance Tuesday for the college hoops doubleheader, named the Champions Classic, at the United Center in Chicago.
Wiggins scored 22 points -- including 16 in the second half -- in the Jayhawks' win. But Parker also was spectacular for Krzyzewski's Blue Devils, finishing with 27 points and nine rebounds in the nightcap.
"The hype, it was big. I just tried to block it out," Wiggins said. "The names on jerseys don't say Parker and Wiggins; it says Kansas and Duke. At the end of the day, it's not one player that's going to win; it's one team."
GM's wish the draft was tomorrow— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 13, 2013
Hall of Famer Magic Johnson also tweeted about the talented freshmen.
I don't think I've ever seen as much talent in 2 college basketball games as I saw last night in Chicago.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 13, 2013
Parker, Wiggins, Randle...it doesn't matter which player you think will be the #1 pick they're all special players in their own right.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 13, 2013
Wiggins, Randle and Parker are ranked first, second and fourth, respectively, in the latest NBA draft Big Board from ESPN's Chad Ford. But Krzyzewski still cannot condone any teams intentionally losing to procure more draft lottery pingpong balls.
"If that is happening, shame on whoever is doing it," Krzyzewski said.
Kansas coach Bill Self, however, does not believe that NBA teams are tanking games.
"I don't think anybody's tanking," Self said Tuesday. "I know that guys like to play and compete, and I guess you can make sure that you don't play certain guys, which I don't think has happened."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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