Bryan Colangelo has admitted to tanking. Solomon Thomas Jersey . The former Toronto Raptors general manager spoke to the MIT Sports Analytics Conference in Toronto on Friday where he said that he intended for the Raptors to finish as close to the Eastern Conference basement as possible in the lockout shortened 2011-12 season in hope of winning the NBA Draft lottery. "Admittedly, I will say, I tried to tank a couple years ago," said Colangelo to the conference. "And I didnt come out and say, Coach (Dwane Casey), youve got to lose games. I never said that. I wanted to have him establish a winning tradition and a culture and all of that, but I wanted to do it in the framework of playing and developing young players, and with that comes losing. Theres just no way to avoid that, but I never once said, Youve got to lose this game." The Raptors finished the 2011-12 season 23-43, good for 11th in the Eastern Conference, 12 games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the final playoff spot in the East, and the eighth-worst record in the NBA. The team neither rose, nor fell in the lottery, receiving the eighth-overall pick in the 2012 draft where they selected Terrence Ross out of the University of Washington. The 2007 NBA Executive of the Year (with the Phoenix Suns) was speaking on a proposal currently in front of the NBA Board of Governors which would see the draft lottery and any incentive to bottom out eliminated. Colangelo was relieved of his general manager position last May in favour of Masai Ujiri and eventually resigned his post as Raptors president the following month. Reuben Foster 49ers Jersey .com) - Ben Lovejoy tallied a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks cruised into the All-Star break with a 6-3 victory against the Calgary Flames. Ahkello Witherspoon Youth Jersey . Louis still looking for a way out of Tampa Bay, the 38-year-old NHL veteran isnt showing his cards.INDIANAPOLIS - The Detroit Pistons keep winning and Brandon Jennings hot hand has been a big part.Detroit has picked up victories in 10 of their last 12 games and Jennings has averaged 21.6 points in that run. Friday night, he scored a season-high 37 points to lead Detroit to a 98-96 road win against the struggling Indiana Pacers.If I see couple shots falling, everyone knows Im going to keep shooting, Jennings said. I was able to get into a rhythm and also find guys, so everything kind of worked out.Jennings made eight 3-pointers to tie his career high, but it was his missed layup that set up the win.With 23.9 seconds left and the score tied, Detroit (15-25) called a timeout. Jennings took the inbounds pass and held for the last shot. He drove to the bucket but missed. Andre Drummond was there for the tip-in with 0.3 seconds to go.We set it up for Brandon to get to his left hand and for me to really set myself up for an opportunity to tip the ball, Drummond said. Brandon did a good job of dragging Roy Hibbert out to try to block the shot. (Jennings) told me he was going to shoot it high so I put myself in the right position to get my hands on it.Drummond finished with a 16-point, 16-rebound night.The 6-foot-11 centre had struggled of late scoring just 7.2 points in the last five games, which led to a talk with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.I dont think my talk had anything to do with it, Van Gundy said. We talked, we showed (him) some things (on film). I had nothing to do with it.With Drummond and Greg Monroe, who finished with 11 points, finding success in the paint, Jennings took advantage of shooting opportunities. Ahkello Witherspoon Womens Jersey. That was especially true in the pivotal third quarter, when he scored 19 of Detroits 30 points to give the Pistons a 79-76 lead heading to the final period.With just under six minutes to play in the third, Drummond converted the old-fashion 3-point play to start a 10-0 run that drew Detroit even with Indiana at 68. Jennings scored the other seven.It was the second consecutive game that the Pacers opposing point guard had season-best games. On Tuesday, Minnesotas Mo Williams scored 52.We played against some tough point guards, Hibbert said. Me, myself, has to do a better job of containing the guards and not letting a guy like Jennings get off.The centre led Indiana (15-26) with 14 points and had the opportunity to score the go-ahead bucket, but was called for the offensive foul to set up Detroit to have the ball with the shot clock turned off.Games have been like that for us lately, but were learning how to close them out, Jennings said. 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