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Bobcats lose 23rd straight, fall to Knicks to set record for futility

Apr 26, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

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The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history.

Charlotte fell to the Knicks by 20 points, 104-84, on a night when the Knicks basically gave their best players a night off. On a night the Bobcats should have played with desperation, they were passive and just missed good looks.

It was their 23rd loss in a row and leaves them with a 7-59 record, a .106 willing percentage. Before the Bobcats, the 1972-73 Sixers were the worst team in the NBA with a 9-73 record — a .110 winning percentage. The Bobcats were worse. They are now the worst.

The coach of that Sixers team was right, they did have more talent.

These Bobcats were not going to be good — they rightly realized before the season started that if they kept their entire roster together and everything broke right they could maybe grab the last playoff spot in the East. But if that is your ceiling, it’s a smart long term to get bad and draft high. It can work and turn a team around.

Of course, part of the reason the Bobcats are here are picks like Adam Morrison No. 3 overall six years ago, and other picks like Alexis Ajinca. They moved their 2010 first round pick for Tyrus Thomas. While they have made some decent picks, they have missed on plenty.

This season disaster came with that as the foundation. They moved Tyson Chandler for the contract of Erick Dampier and then cut him, saving owner Michael Jordan a lot of money. They traded Gerald Wallace to Portland (for two first round picks). They did not re-sign Raymond Felton. They planned to give big minutes to rookies Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo.

But they took a couple steps so the team would not be historically bad this season —it’s just all of those backfired. They brought in Corey Maggette (in a trade for Stephen Jackson) to put points on the board, but he could not stay healthy. Boris Diaw won the “Shawn Kemp Memorial Award” for being the most out of shape after the lockout. Second place may have gone to teammate DeSagana Diop.

From bad decisions to bad choices by players to bad luck it all snowballed into the worst season in NBA history.

For their reward, the Bobcats will have a 25 percent chance of landing Anthony Davis with the top pick. Do that, and a lot of this will be forgotten.

  1. jimbo75025 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Sigh. MJ should have suited up tonight and tried to help avoid this distinction. At 50+ probably would have still led the Bobcats in scoring.

  2. 27xwschamps - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    7-59 !!! WTF !!!!.. Hey mike u should b ashamed o ur self !!! Sell ur part o team and go the hell away. U SUCK like zeke as a exec… 😡😡

  3. BigBeachBall - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    demote the bobcats to the d-league and promote whoever wins this year’s d-league championship… either the d-fendors or the toros

    If the bobcats can win the d-league championship next year, then they can get back into the NBA….if they don’t then, they would be stuck in the D-league until they can win a d-league title….

    this idea would make the d-league more money and it would generate more interest in the lower tier franchises….

  4. lemfax - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    The fact: Great Player cannot be a Good Owner

  5. fanz928 - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Sign yi jian liang trade for oj mayo draft anthony Davis = 2013 playoff team

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Saw a shot of MJ in the luxury suite last night. Doesn’t look like he’s worried about it.

  7. drewsylvania - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Any team that tanks should NOT have a shot at the #1 overall pick.

    • franchiseplaya - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      i’d honestly have to say that out of all the teams that missed the playoffs, the ‘cats were the one team that probably didn’t intentionally tank, they were just that bad.

  8. franchiseplaya - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    contraction anyone?

    to be honest i was really rooting for the bobcats to win last night. to be the worst team in the L in a season is demoralizing enough but to be arguably the worst team of all time? ouch. I don’t really wish that distinction on them. its not like there are a bunch of unlikable guys on that team but i guess somebody has to be the worst.

  9. drunkenjunk - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I really hope they get Davis and Cho can turn it around. It’s like the 0-16 Lions, more pathetic than funny.

  10. borderline1988 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    This is completely MJ’s fault.
    There is not one legitimate NBA starter on this roster (maybe besides for a healthy Maggette but that’s arguable at best). Mostly because MJ traded them all away.

    I like both Kemba Walker and Biyombo – young competitive players but they simply do not have the top-tier talent needed to be effective starters. They’re great guys, just not good enough.
    Same with DJ Augustin – solid backup PG material but not a starter.

    The Bobcats literally have nothing. It will take them years to rebuild. Anthony Davis would be a start, but remember, he’s not exactly gifted on offense. He looks like a Dwight Howard, just not nearly as strong.

  11. rollteal - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    They really are awful I’ve sadly watched a few of their bloopers and it just shows how watered down the Associations talent pool is they are not the Charlotte Hornets of the 90’s.

  12. ragingmouse - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    It’s more the( blocoats )
    How do lose so many games and play in the pro leagues?

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