Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Chicago Bulls reportedly warned by National Basketball Association about seemingly tanking

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With this in mind, it has been revealed that the National Basketball Association has sent a warning to Chicago Bulls about resting healthy players in games over the last few weeks. The league decreased the odds of the team with the worst record winning the lottery, and the NBA's Board of Governors gave Commissioner Adam Silver authority to fine teams that violate the new guidelines about resting players.

Chicago has rested veteran center Robin Lopez for six straight games and wing Justin Holiday five of the past six, instead starting David Nwaba (and playing heavy minutes for their young guys such as Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and Lauri Markkanen who could be part of their future). "We respect the communication and cooperative dialogue with the league and will adhere to their recommendation going forward.", via Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago.

After playing and starting for the Bulls in their first 57 games of the season, head coach Fred Hoiberg made a decision to sit him in their last six outings, and allow their young guns to gain more experience on the court.

The NBA has warned the Chicago Bulls for resting healthy players in what appears to be an attempt to lose intentionally to boost their chances of a top draft pick, according to several reports on Tuesday, including the Chicago Tribune.

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"After healthy dialogue, the league determined that their situations fall into the "player rest" policy".

Do the Bulls start Lopez and Holiday, but play them 15 minutes or so a night and then get the young guys in? The Bulls changed course on their plans to continue sitting Lopez and Holiday in the past day, league sources said.

"It's a little bit of a insane situation", Lopez said.

The Bulls have lost six of seven, and now sit at 21-42.

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