There's a dirty word that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver really hates saying.
It's been something the league has been trying to find a way to eliminate for a while.
Silver sees it as bad for business when teams make it incredibly obvious that they want nothing to do with winning during the season, instead opting for piling up losses and a chance to increase those ping pong ball odds and land a higher draft pick in the summer.
In his courtside interview with our Chris Miller Wednesday night though, Silver was asked about how teams like the Sixers have handled their rebuilding, and he wasn't shy about his dislike for "The Process".
He even said the dirty word at one point.
"I haven't made a secret out of the fact that, in terms of the so-called 'process', we actually just changed the draft lottery. Not that the team (Sixers) did anything wrong, they took advantage of existing rules, but in fairness to other teams in the league you now have a team in the 76ers who had one of the worst four-year records in the history of the league. And that's not good for anybody" said Silver.
The rule changes Silver is talking about will reduce the odds so that the teams with the three worst records will share the same chance of receiving the No. 1 overall draft pick.
This starts in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Will it really deter teams from trying to increase their odds? Maybe slightly.
The fact is though, that unless you're a franchise that can afford to pay multiple superstars in free agency, drafting young talent is the way to build a winner.
"I accept that a certain amount of rebuilding needs to happen, and is appropriate," Silver added. "But you want to have continuity, you want players to feel like they're part of something".
Silver went on to say that players don't tank, which is true. Organizations just put out talent they see as inferior, hoping they'll just be able to ride out the season and look towards the future with better odds at improving.
Look at not only the Sixers, but also what they're building in Minnesota. Heck, the Warriors (before signing Kevin Durant) built a championship team through the draft.
Creating a winner takes years, and the way to preserve it is with young talent through the draft, which is something the Wizards now have locked up as well.
As for the future of "The Process" and "tanking", there's really only so much the NBA can do to avoid it.