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  • Robert Nemiroff
Robert Nemiroff

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How easy is it to lose a basketball game, assuming both sides want to lose? Now, let’s be clear: I do not advocate trying to lose in any sport. Please take this essay primarily as a source of amusement – an intellectual exercise, if you will. Actually trying to lose is not only bad sportsmanship, but it may be cause players to be suspended, coaches to be fired, and teams to be fined and even disqualified from leagues. Quite possibly, trying to lose may actually be illegal. At its worst, someone might get hurt and the perpetrator may even get jail time. However, imagining that everyone is OK with trying to lose, and that no one gets hurt, then let’s have some fun and see what can be done to lose a basketball game.