No it's not akin to taking a knee. When in football you take a knee, your possession is guaranteed the last possession so you're just running out the clock. The scenario I was talking about is when there is more time left in the game than the shot clock. So the possession is not the last possession of the game. The only reason they're doing it is to not run up the score. However, the losing team gets the ball back and more often than not, they use the last seconds to take an uncontested layup despite the fact that the other team is dribbling the clock out. It's like "oh we're sorry for beating you. Here, take the ball...we won't take anymore shots, but feel free to score an extra basket despite our mercy."