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Coach of ’72-73 Sixers says Bobcats have less talent

Apr 24, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

Derrick Brown, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker AP

Until this year, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers were the model of futility — 9-73. A .110 winning percentage. A team led by Fred Carter and John Block (when Block was healthy) that had a lot of role-playing veterans on the downside of their career.

But if Charlotte loses its final two games — at Orlando Wednesday and at home against the Knicks Thursday — they will set the new record. Michael Jordan’s team (he is the owner) will be 7-59, a .106 winning percentage. The Bobcats best chance for a win seemed to be Monday night, but they got beat handily by a weak Wizards team. The record seems there.

Kevin Loughery coached the 76ers for half of their ill-fated season, he’s seen the Bobcats and he thinks his team was better, he told Fox Sports Florida.

“Talent-wise, they might be the worst team ever,” Kevin Loughery, who coached the 76ers during the second half of their Keystone Kops-like campaign, said of the Bobcats. “We had more talent than they did.”

Not sure that the fine folks at NBA2K12 are going to program that one up and play it out for us to see who wins. The Bobcats average loss is 13.9 points per game compared to 12.1 for the old Sixers squad. (I would love to see the per possession stats here, but the league did not track offensive rebounds at that point, which makes estimating pace impossible to do accurately.)

Loughery was Jordan’s first coach in Chicago. He feels for him.

“They’re just playing with a lot of 10-day contract (type of players) now,” said Loughery, speaking by phone from Atlanta, where he is now retired. “That’s difficult… I know it’s just miserable what they’re going through for (Charlotte coach) Paul Silas, who’s a great guy, and (owner) Michael Jordan, whom I coached. I just hate to see this happen to them.”

Jordan has certainly helped bring this on himself. He is a small market owner without deep pockets who can’t afford to go into the red. The result is an inexpensive and young roster lacking veterans or stars — he is hoping to build through the draft. Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo are the first two, but you know Jordan thinks he will look smart if they land Anthony Davis in June.

For now, the Bobcats just look pathetic. And with less talent than any team in NBA history.

  1. 00maltliquor - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    You know you got the worst team in history when you got Gerald Henderson as your best player. That’s not a knock on Henderson, but realistically he’d be any other teams 7th-8th man at best.

  2. kingbeason52 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Ugghhh..this sucks..

  3. lakerluver - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    If you don’t have very, very deep pockets (Cuban pockets!) maybe you shouldn’t own a team. MJ has failed historically as an owner. If he had deeper pockets MAYBE he could turn the Bobcats around. Other than that, his only chance is to hit it big in the lottery. I love A. Davis but is he a grand slam hit? Or a guy who’s gonna be good but not a franchise type player good? And what if the Bobcats don’t get the1st pick?

  4. jumbossportsblog - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • granadafan - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Stop repping your own blog.

      • jumbossportsblog - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:18 AM

        I am nor repping anything. I just simply reblog things for my friends on fb who dont have time to go searching for such stories bottom line.

      • aqzi - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        So why don’t you tell them you reblogged this on jumbossportsblog on their facebooks?

  5. djp141 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Kevin Loughery shouldn’t feel bad for Michael Jordan. MJ gutted this team so that he could have more ping pong balls. The joke will be on Bobcat fans when someone else wins the lottery.

  6. ncarolinarn7 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Michael has done many things well. Front office and owner to date not so much. If he doesn’t have the dough to run the team then sell them Mike! This is basketball country and this is shameful if you ask me.

  7. manuelvargas1203 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Bobcats should
    – draft anthony davis
    – trade augustin for kendal marshall
    – trade bismack for tyler zeller
    – sign jeff green to be the starting small foward
    – sign chris kama to start at the center
    – sign andre miller to start at the point and mentor marshall
    – make kemba walker a sixth man scoring guard
    – sign couple more vets to help young guys

    miller/ marshall

  8. lakerluver - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Dude, this ain’t fantasy basketball. Do you really think they can make all those moves?!!

    • cosanostra71 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      its totally realistic what are you talking about dawg

  9. jordanaires - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    The bobcats are an embarrassment. Have you seen their arena during games? It’s nearly empty. MJ should either hire a real GM and then get out of the way or sell the team.

  10. jordanaires - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Hmmm. Contraction sounds pretty good.

  11. bearsstillsuck - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    We’re not your friends so you don’t have to tell us.

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