Michael Jordan is regarded as the greatest basketball player of all-time. His Charlotte Bobcats, on the other hand, are one loss away from becoming the league’s all-time worst team.
Fox News reports that if the Charlotte Bobcats lose tonight against the New York Knicks, they will finish with a winning percentage just above 10%, the worst in NBA history.
If the Bobcats lose tonight they’ll finish with a .106 win percentage, eclipsing the worst team in NBA history, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers who finished with a 9-73 (.110) record.
Guard D.J. Augustin said:
“It has been tough, but we are just trying to move forward. Many people are laughing at us and making (the streak) as a joke, but we take it very seriously. We are just trying to stay positive and play hard until the end.”
Some blame the Bobcat’s problems on the fact that Jordan is surrounded by a bunch of “yes men.” The NBA legend told the Observer that his supporting staff has no problem telling him no.
“It’s absolutely wrong that I don’t want guys to challenge me… The idea that people can’t do that is just wrong. Curtis (Polk, team vice chairman) has worked with me for over 20 years and he’s never had a problem telling me, ‘no.’ Rod (Higgins, president of basketball operations) has no problem telling me no. Fred (Whitfield, team president) has no problem telling me ‘no.’ And Rich (Cho, the team’s general manager) is about as direct and candid a person as you’ll ever meet.’’
If the Bobcats lose tonight they will finish the season with 23 straight losses. The Cleveland Cavaliers set the record for consecutive losses last year with 26.
But there are some perks that come along with being the worst team in the NBA. The Bobcats have a 25% chance of landing the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft (and would likely take Anthony Davis) and they are more than $20 million under the salary cap which means they could pick up some free agents (Steve Nash?).
Coach Paul Silas said that he hopes to avoid the distinction of becoming the NBA’s worst team with a win tonight. Silas said:
“If we play like we played (against Orlando in Wednesday night’s 102-95 loss) I think we’ll have a chance… If we get a win it will be the best thing that has happened to us all season.”
Do you think the Bobcats will be able to turn it around next year?