I wonder will the Charlotte Bobcats get to put an asterisk by this season’s win total since their record-setting season of futility didn’t happen during a standard 82-game season?
Doubtful that would matter much to the people of Charlotte who have had to endure this miserable 7-59 debacle that has been the Bobcats’ season. Even worse though is the fact that this team doesn’t look to make any significant improvements anytime soon.
Basketball doesn’t have a draft system that automatically rewards the worst team with the top pick like football does. Indianapolis Colts’ fans have known for months that their team would be able to draft Andrew Luck with the first pick in the NFL Draft since the Colts were a league-worst 2-14 last season.
Sure Charlotte will have the best chance to win the pick but the NBA’s lottery system rarely awards the worst team with the first pick.
In other words the lottery system is doing what it was designed to do. The lottery system was put in place to discourage teams from deliberately tanking the season in order to acquire the draft’s best player.
And no matter how much we loved Michael Jordan the player or root for him to be successful as an owner, this is not the time to reward him for his incompetence in running this franchise.
Although they weren’t regular participants in the playoffs this team was pretty good before Jordan decided to break it up. He chose not to resign point guard Raymond Felton and he traded Emeka Okafor, Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace.
He signed under-achieving Tyrus Thomas to that ridiculous contract and released productive forward Boris Diaw. Judging by the questionable moves he has made so far, it’s doubtful that even if the Bobcats were able to draft this year’s consensus number one that Jordan would be able to surround him with talent.
And that may be a blessing for Kentucky’s Anthony Davis who everyone believes will be the first pick in the draft. Forcing him to play for this pitiful franchise is a fate that even Jordan himself shouldn’t want to subject a talented player like Davis to.
It would help if Jordan realized that every franchise has to crawl before it walks. It only took the Bobcats six years to make it to their first playoff appearance. It took the Minnesota Timberwolves eight years to earn their first playoff berth and the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies took nine years.
Of the eight teams that have been added to the league since 1980, only two of them have won championships. The Mavericks are the oldest of the expansion franchises and they just won their first championship last year. The Miami Heat were added in 1989 and they won their lone championship back in 2006.
The six expansion teams that remain have two Finals appearances among them and both of those were by the Orlando Magic. Not to say that Charlotte has to wait as long as Miami and Dallas waited to win a title it should be understood that you don’t put together a championship team overnight.
But Jordan stated when he traded fan-favorite Wallace to the Portland Trailblazers that he wasn’t content just competing for the eighth spot in the playoffs every year. That’s sad when you consider that Jordan the player didn’t give up so easily.
Especially when he was getting thwarted by the Detroit Pistons who stood in the way of his Chicago Bulls’ championship hopes for three years straight. Before that they were knocked out twice in a row by the Boston Celtics.
Bottom line is that Jordan the player didn’t come into the league knowing how to win championships he had to learn from his many failures. Maybe one day Jordan the owner will realize that he needs to keep his good players around long enough for them to learn from theirs.
Roosevelt Hall is an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and an NBA Blogger for The Sport Mentalist 2. He is also a Sports Reporter for Pro Sports Lives. He can be contacted at RHall_TPFB@Yahoo.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist.