I’d like to pick this thing apart like an autopsy. The Bobcats 2012 season was dreadful. I guess you have to still call it 2011-2012 season, because the Bobcats actually played 3 games before New Year’s Day. But does it really matter?
Actually, yes. It does matter because likely the most significant positives came in those first two games. The Bobcats actually won against Milwaukee in that first game, and former Bobcats Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston. The next game, it took a Dwayne Wade last second shot to beat the young Bobcats. Wade showing “the Superman” to Cam Newton, who was in the crowd, hopefully cheering on his hometown Bobcats, was an indelible image from the season.
No, those were the salad days. When the season was young. If you look at the big picture of the season, you see one glaring, overwhelming, undeniable truths that will likely not be pushed aside for years, if ever: The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history.
“The worst,” isn’t defensible. You can’t make claims like “Well, they show some promise and if it weren’t for….” No, you can’t defend the Bobcats of the 2011-2012 season. Epic futility, even in a shortened season, with a young team in flux, isn’t able to be cast aside like it was expected or a link in a chain of events that was somehow planned.
Tanking couldn’t be the reason for the lowest winning % in NBA history. Michael Jordan claims that the Bobcats weren’t even going for the most ping-pong balls. So, worst in the league, not a goal, worst ever? Far from it. I still argue we’re talking about Michael Jeffery Jordan here. He’s one of the world’s greatest competitors. They invented the quote “I don’t care if you’re playing basketball, checkers, tidly-winks or whatever, he hates to lose,” about the owner of the Bobcats. But, we all also know that his exploits as owner and executive haven’t come close to what he did as a player, even in his time with the Wizards. That says a lot.