We have two teams now, the Knicks and the Jets, who have all but declared their intentions to tank. The Jets are careening toward having open tryouts to fill out their roster, and the Knicks are doing everything shy of forbidding their players to shoot in order to pile up losses and improve their status for the future.
Carmelo Anthony hates this idea, and so do I: The Cubs proved that tanking (even if they never used the word) can yield the ultimate reward. But that is one outlier among many tankers.
Besides, we have had plenty of lousy teams around here the past 30 years, all of those awful seasons coming organically, without any outside help, and those teams ought to be able to show us a roadmap of just how valuable it is to be vile before you become viable again.