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Bobcats in bad company: Worst teams of all time?

  • The NBA's best owns the NBA's worst
  • Michael Jordan is at the helm of the Charlotte Bobcats
  • They join a long list of franchise failures
Bobcats in bad company: Worst teams of all time?

The power of Air Jordan wasn’t enough to lift the Charlotte Bobcats. The team is officially the worst in the NBA. With Thursday night’s 104-84 loss to the New York Knicks, the Bobcats are the answer to the trivia question “What NBA team has the worst winning percentage of all time?”

Somewhere the Philadelphia Sixers’ fans are celebrating after having relinquished the title it earned for its 1972-73 season.  As Sports Illustrated put it, “The 1972-73 Sixers weren't just bad—they were horrid.”

It takes a lot of work to usurp that kind of failure. But the Bobcats were able to do it with arguably the basketball’s all-time greatest player at the helm, Michael Jordan. Jordan may have been the center piece of the Chicago Bulls 1990s dynasty, but as the Bobcats’ owner he isn’t getting any MVP accolades.

But don’t worry MJ -- you’re team isn’t alone in its spectacular failings. Rejoice in the fact these other teams are just as bad as the Bobcats, if not worse.

Detroit Lions

Detroit is full of problems and the 2008 Lions offered no hope for the struggling city. The team was winless with a 0-16 record. Apparently, lions aren’t as strong as one would think.

One writer asked, “How can Detroit go winless in today’s NFL?” The answer was with ease. The upside to this sad story is that the Lions always will have a place in the history books for this “accomplishment.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The excitement of getting an NFL franchise must have waned quickly for Tampa Bay. In the team’s infancy it earned the NFL’s longest losing streak. Between 1976 and 1977 the Bucs lost 26 games. Its first win finally came against the Saints.

The Saints

You just lost to the team with a 26-game losing streak. People referred to you as the Aints and even your fans wore paper bags over their faces to conceal their identities. That’s the Saints history.

Today the Saints are easy Breesy and former Super Bowl champions. But, the New Orleans franchise began with a 3-11 inaugural season and a string of playoff births with no wins. But their fans never stopped believing.

Baltimore Orioles

The Washington Post called it “a season to forget.” In 1988 the team had an abysmal record that saw 20 straight losses. In a game against Milwaukee, the Orioles posted zero points to the Brewers 12.

The season ended with 107 losses and Baltimore remained winless even in its final game against the New York Yankees.

New York Mets

Before the Amazin’ Mets, the team struggled in its 1962 season. It finished with just 40 wins and 120 losses.

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