Charlotte Bobcats Set the NBA Futility Record
(Charlotte, N.C.) -- The nightmare season for the Charlotte Bobcats is finally over. The team set a new standard in the NBA, but for all the wrong reasons. After ending the season on a 23-game losing streak, they finished with the lowest winning percentage by a team in NBA history.
Overall, the Bobcats finished 7-59, which is a "winning" percentage of just .106. Because of the NBA's condensed season due to the lockout, they avoided another futility mark. The original record was set by the Philadelphia 76ers during the 1972-1973 season. That team went 9-73 over the course of a full 82-game season and had a winning percentage of .110.
The Bobcats also tied for the third-longest losing streak in NBA history. They need to lose the first four more games of the 2012-2013 season to break the record set by the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers.
"Going 7-59 like we did is not what we planned on doing," Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson said. "This doesn't sit very well with me. These last 10 games, we've really tried to get after it, compete and not get that record. It just didn't happen for us. We just didn't have enough. We couldn't come up with the plays."
The team's dubious achievement could be called ironic because team owner Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to an NBA-record 72-10 record, good for a .878 winning percentage in 1996.
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