Friday, April 27, 2012

Party Foul: Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats

Violation: After a losing to the New York Knicks 104-84 on Thursday night, the Charlotte Bobcats completed the 2011/2012 season with a .106 winning percentage. This makes them the worst team in the history of the NBA, beating out the mark set in 1972/1973 by the Philadelphia 76ers (.110). During their historic 7-59 season, they compiled 22 losses by 20 points or more, was the worst scoring team in the league, and was the worst shooting team in the league.

Explanation: The loss was also their 23rd consecutive loss overall. Coincidentally, the same number their owner, Michael Jeffrey Jordan, made famous. The Knicks actually tried their best to help the Bobcats out too. They sat Carmelo, Baron, and Tyson, started Josh Harrelson (who?), and played Dan Gadzuric (who?) and Jerome Jordan (who?). After setting the new record for futility, Coach Paul Silas stated, "I have to commend the guys. They gave me everything they had and I can't fault them one bit for what happened. If they hadn't played hard for me and their attitudes hadn't been right then that's different, but they were positive and did everything that they needed to do."

The only thing I can say to that is -- poor guys.

In total, the Bobcats are 185-290 in six seasons under Michael Jordan, and have made the postseason only once where they were swept.

Punishment: I wish the leagues in America had the relegation system the soccer leagues in Europe implement. Charlotte would instantly be demoted to the D-League, while either the Austin Toros or the Los Angeles D-Fenders would be invited to the NBA next year (yes I really did look up what's going on in the NBDL just now).

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