For ages, we've been hearing the meme that it's terrible to be "in the middle of the pack" on the "treadmill of mediocrity" and that it's better to just lose. It's gotten such wide-spread acceptance that now Magic Johnson is joining the bandwagon:
“I hope the Lakers lose every game,” Johnson told Newsday. “Because if you’re going to lose, lose. I’m serious. … You can’t be in the middle of the pack. You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick.”
But there is no "treadmill of mediocrity". There is only a "Hamster Wheel of Insanity."