Michael Jordan’s Bobcats are worst team in NBA history
With the No. 23 on his jersey, Michael Jordan became one of the greatest basketball players of all time, winning six NBA championships and five MVP awards.
Now that number has taken on a whole new meaning.
The Charlotte Bobcats, which are owned by Jordan, lost their 23rd consecutive game Thursday evening against New York, finishing the season with a record of 7-59 and the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106).
The record previously belonged to the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who were 9-73 (.110).
Jordan did not talk to the media after the game.
Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson said the season was “unacceptable.”
“These last 10 games, we’ve really tried to get after it, compete and not get that record,” Henderson said. “It just didn’t happen for us. We just didn’t have enough. We couldn’t come up with the plays.
“When you look back at it and see we lost 59 games, you always think ‘We could’ve won one more.’ ”
The Bobcats lost 22 games by 20 points or more and were last in the league in shooting percentage and scoring.
Jordan’s experience as an executive couldn’t contrast more with his success as a player. While with Chicago, he led the Bulls to an NBA-record 72 wins during the 1995-96 regular season
NBA analyst Charles Barkley has a theory on why Jordan may be struggling in his new role.
“I think the biggest problem has been I don’t know if he has hired enough people around him who he will listen to,” Barkley said in an interview on ESPN radio.
“One thing about being famous is the people around you. You pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check. They want to fly around on your private jet, so they never disagree with you. I don’t think Michael has hired enough people around him who will disagree.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.