Former Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo was the NBA Executive of the Year in 2007. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Former NBA general manager Bryan Colangelo admitted on Friday that his team tried to tank games in order to get a better draft pick.
Colangelo made the comment at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. He says the tanking occurred in the lockout-shortened season of 2011-12, when he was the general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
Colangelo, who was also the GM for the Phoenix Suns for 11 years, left the Raptors as GM and president last summer.
The Raptors finished that lockout-shortened season 23-43 under coach Dwane Casey.
"Admittedly, I will say I tried to tank a few years ago," Colangelo said, via ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.
The team ended up selecting guard Terrence Ross with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.