|Photo: Associated Press - Chuck Burton|
That's it, folks.
The Charlotte Bobcats, the champions of mediocrity have immortalized themselves in the NBA record books.
Wait, mediocre is an adjective that's far too positive when describing the Bobcats' 2011-12 campaign. Mediocre is the adjective those 'glass half full' Bobcats fans (if there are even any of them left) use to describe their team's deplorable season.
Mediocre basically means neither good nor bad.
The Bobcats were nowhere near good, but they most certainly were bad.
After finishing with a less than inspiring (7-59) record and a 0.108 winning percentage, the 2011-12 Bobcats have now dethroned the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who boasted a 0.110 winning percentage and were dubbed by some as the "Nine-and-73-ers."
Needless to say, not exactly the company you want to be in.
But how did this happen? How did a team, with the greatest player to ever take the hardwood in Michael Jeffrey Jordan as its owner, continue to lose night after night after night?
Well, for one thing, Jordan, despite all of his accolades he earned as a player, won't be adding 'Executive of the Year' to his trophy case anytime soon.
Outside of rookie point guard and former UConn star Kemba Walker and maybe Congo's Bismack 'Infant Ibaka' Biyombo, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone on Charlotte's roster that's worth a name drop. Corey Maggette aka "Chocolate Thunder" was supposed to be Charlotte's veteran leader and volume scorer.
Instead, he's eating up just over $10 million in cap space while averaging a mere 15 points per game on 37% shooting.
And then you have athletic beanpole Tyrus Thomas. The 25-year-old former LSU product made over $7 million this season while averaging a pathetic 5.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over the 54 games he played in.
But it's not all bad. Okay, it kind of is.
But still, you have to believe that the Bobcats having finally hit rock bottom, haven't we?
Hopefully, this 'Self-Destruct for Anthony Davis' campaign will pay dividends when the NBA Draft Lottery rolls around.
If not, Michael Jordan's greatest challenge will seem even more impossible than it already does.