Look at it this way, Bobcats fans: at least “.106 winning percentage” doesn’t make for a very catchy derisive chant. Not only is Charlotte officially the worst team ever, with 23 losses to close out the season (23—the Irony-Meter’s on 10), one month-old Bobcats fans everywhere are wondering if the Bobcats will ever win a game in their lifetime. At least Scott Fowler should be happy. The Charlotte Observer columnist wrote an idiotic article on Saturday hoping that the Bobcats would lose out in order to achieve a sort of “worst-ever” celebrity status. “Make this season one for the record books,” Fowler wrote, “and then rebuild.” Call me crazy, but I see no upside in being associated with the worst-ever team.
Actually, Fred Carter would call me crazy. The unofficial spokesman for the 1972-73 76ers, the NBA’s now-former worst-ever team, really did seem to revel in the notoriety. Back in 2010, when the Nets were threatening to displace the 76ers as the worst-ever team, Carter told the New York Times that he hoped it wouldn’t happen. “Immortality only comes in so many different ways,” Carter reasoned, sounding disturbingly like how I imagine Charles Manson looks back on the Tate-Labianca murders. Then again, Carter also claims credit for being the person who invented the fist-bump, so he might be a few beers short of a six-pack. I’m even slightly worried that Carter might take out a lawsuit against the Bobcats for a combination of defamation and copyright infringement.