Michael Jordan’s NBA life came full circle last night in Charlotte. Jordan, who played for the greatest NBA team ever (1995-96 Chicago Bulls), is now the not-so-proud owner of the worst team the League has ever seen in its 66-year history.
The Bobcats’ 20-point loss to the visiting New York Knicks last night was their 23rd in a row, and etched their names in the history books. They finished the season with an incredible record of 7-59.
The Charlotte Observer examines the carnage:
Twenty-three consecutive losses later, the Charlotte Bobcats made NBA history. They haven’t won since March 17 and they won’t win again for at least seven months. This season-closing loss – 104-84 at home to the New York Knicks – means they finish the season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history. A 7-59 record in this lockout-shortened season (a .106 winning percent) slips below the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73 (.110).
“The season itself was a long haul for all of us – upstairs and downstairs,” said coach Paul Silas, who might have coached his last NBA game. His contract expires after this season. “Being the worst team in the history of the game is not something you cherish.”
Jordan watched his team reach this unenviable mark from a luxury suite.
The Bobcats will look to improve through the NBA Draft this summer. After the season they’ve just had, there’s nowhere for them to go but up.