The NBA flat-out called out the Chicago Bulls for tanking

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League reviewing Bulls' lineup as talk of tanking picks up

The dialogue between league officials and the Bulls was cooperative and productive, with the league providing advice and the Bulls open to guidance on the nuances of the new rest rules, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver is looking to take a hard stance on teams tanking and underlined this by recently hitting Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with a $600,000 fine for publicly admitting that he told his players "losing is their best option". One of them is Robin Lopez, who has been informed that he will receive some court action this weekend during their games.

For players like the Chicago Bulls' Robin Lopez - a reasonably good player in a bad team - tanking could be seen as a disservice to him and a waste of his time as a player in the world's premier league.

Well, nevermind-what's silly about it is the fact that the Bulls are resting healthy players.

Paxson says the league communicated with the team after the All-Star break about those two players and their diminishing roles. The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 last month after he said on Julius Erving's podcast that he talked to his players about how it was in the organization's best interest to lose games down the stretch.

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

"Our young guys will still obviously get an opportunity to play", Hoiberg said. Lopez and Holiday will both be back in the line-up on the Bulls next road trip, beginning Friday in Detroit.

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

The Bulls now hold the 8th-worst winning percentage in the league, giving them only a 2.8% shot at the first overall pic.

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