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SBD/April 27, 2012/Franchises
Hitting Rock Bottom? Bobcats Finish Season With Worst Record In NBA History
Published April 27, 2012
NOT SOMETHING TO CHERISH: Bobcats coach Paul Silas said, "The season itself was a long haul for all of us -- upstairs and downstairs. Being the worst team in the history of the game is not something you cherish." Before last night's game, Bobcats G Gerald Henderson addressed the crowd, saying, "I know it’s been a tough year. We’ll be working all summer to turn this thing around" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/27). The AP's Steve Reed writes this year's Bobcats were "everything Jordan wasn't as a player -- unproductive, uncompetitive and unwatchable." With the current roster, the Bobcats "lack a face for the franchise, at least on the court." Reed: "All that's on Jordan. His reputation as an executive continues to take hit after hit" (AP, 4/27).
ON THE AIR: Regarding TNT airing the Bobcats' record-setting game Thursday, NBA TV's Jared Greenberg asked, "How do you arrange this: Knicks-Bobcats season finale?" TNT Analyst Charles Barkley responded, "I think the commissioner was mad at us." Barkley, in regards to Jordan, "Michael Jordan is one of my great friends. He's getting killed, and rightfully so, because the Bobcats stink and he has to take full responsibility for that. ... I hate to say that, but he deserves it. They have not done a good job. I mean, that's embarrassing, the situation they're in now, but you just got to take it" ("NBA GameTime," NBA TV, 4/26).