The Charlotte Bobcats, owned by Michael Jordan, didn’t just have a bad season like almost every other team has once in a year. They had the worst season in NBA history, going 7-59; a win percentage of 10.6% compared to the previous mark of 9-73 (10.97%) the Philadelphia 76ers set during the 1972-1973 season.
Owner Michael Jordan, just so you hear it one more time, is not just usually regarded as the best NBA player of all time. He is part of the team that owns the best record in the history of the league; The 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls, going 72-10 on their way to the NBA title and a second three-peat era.
Paul Silas has been in charge of the Bobcats during the last season and a half. He took over for Larry Brown mid-way through the 2010-2011 NBA season after a rough start, finishing with a 25-29 record. This season, he didn’t have much to work with, as the Bobcats played with a 5-man unit most of the time consisting of DJ Augustin, Gerald Henderson, Corey Maggette, Tyrus Thomas and rookie Bismack Biyombo.
DJ White and Derrick Brown took over the starting spots at forward for Maggette and Thomas, the only true veterans on the team. Near the term tanking in the NBA dictionary, you’ll find the Bobcats logo. From a team that won at least 39% of their games between 2006-2011, including the franchise’s first playoff appearance in 2010, the Bobcats sunk like a rock to the bottom of the league.
It seems the team did their closest impression of a clearance sale these past couple of seasons, as Jordan also got rid of Larry Brown, now the SMU head coach. Brown had some harsh words regarding the MJ regime in Charlotte. He’s not the only one pointing blame-filled fingers at Michael Jordan, the majority owner and head of basketball operations.
It’s been the same routine every year from the critics. Jordan doesn’t care that much about his team, despite supposedly being the man in charge with making the decisions. Rodd Higgins and Rich Cho are also there, and maybe Jordan relies too heavily on them instead of trying to actually get his hands dirty and put in some more work. I’m pretty he doesn’t like losing, and losing money.
Considering they were horrible, the Bobcats didn’t do that bad in the tickets department, selling around 77% of their arena seats each night. It’s among the worst in the NBA, just above the Nets and Pistons, but at least they didn’t finish last in that department as well.
They averaged a league low 87 points per game, only one of two teams to score less than 90 points a night this season (the Hornets, formerly of Charlotte, are the other team). Their point differential average? Another low, another negative record, losing by an average of 13.1 points per game. Their defense allowed 100.9 points per game, fourth worst in the NBA.
They shot a league worst 41.4% from the field, allowing 47.5% for their opponents, just slightly better than the Kings. They were the only team in the NBA to shoot below 30% from beyond the arc (29.5). Their top scorer was Gerald Henderson, averaging 15.1 points per game. Nothing to write home about.
Brown accused Jordan of not being there for his head coach. A owner, GM and Head Coach need to be in complete sync, always together. I just didn’t have enough time with MJ. Jordan later answered, denying Brown’s accusations. It’s sad to think he was actually trying and just did a really poor job, because destroying the squad in two season by sending away their best players simply made no sense. Maybe finishing last, worst of all-time, will be some sort of wake up call.