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Bobcats on track to end up as worst NBA team ever
NBA » If Charlotte loses last six games, it clinches worst winning percentage in NBA history
First Published Apr 17 2012 02:35 pm • Last Updated Apr 18 2012 03:53 pm

Charlotte, N.C. • The dreaded day for the Bobcats is fast approaching: When Charlotte could earn the dubious distinction of becoming the worst team in NBA history.

Guard Matt Carroll warned his teammates about it two weeks ago. He knew then if Charlotte didn’t win a game it would risk becoming an historic embarrassment.

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If Charlotte loses its six remaining games the Bobcats will finish with the worst winning percentage in league history (.106), a dubious honor that’s currently held by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who finished 9-73 (.110.)

"We are desperate to get a win," Carroll said. "No one wants to be known as the worst team in NBA history. I’ve been talking about this with guys on the team for last two weeks telling them we at least need to get one more win. I think guys at first heard it but weren’t thinking it was going to happen.

"But now everybody is aware it could happen, so we better get a win."

It won’t be easy.

The Bobcats (7-53) host Chicago on Wednesday.

After that they close this lockout-shortened season against Memphis, Sacramento, Washington, Orlando and New York.

On paper, Washington, which has the second-worst record in the league, would seem to be the best chance at a win. But the Wizards hammered the Bobcats by 28 points just last week in Charlotte.

The Bobcats, who are playing without leading scorer Corey Maggette, have shown no signs of being able to win a game and are mired in a franchise-record 17-game losing streak.


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On Sunday they lost by 12 to the Boston Celtics even though they rested star players Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. The following night the Bobcats lost to a New Orleans Hornets team that sat its top two scorers in Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman.

So Charlotte’s rallying call has become: Just win one, baby!

"I would love to get a win — that’s our goal," coach Paul Silas said. "We can’t make open shots right now. We just have to keep fighting. You look at our roster and we are trying, but it’s awfully tough.

"It’s tough on the players, it’s tough on the coaches and it’s tough on the people upstairs" in management.

Silas said the record losers is a title nobody wants their name associated with.

"Nobody does but if it happens, it happens," Silas said. "You do the best you can. Somebody has that record now and they didn’t want it either. But it happens. I just hope we’re not associated with it."

Silas has tried to remain a positive, steadying force for the Bobcats.

He’s been around some other bad NBA teams before but has always seems to persevere.

"That’s just the way I am," Silas said. "I’ve been through so many trying times in my life. To be where I am now it’s because you fight through it. If you become negative and cease to fight that’s when you’re going to lose — and I’m not going to lose. And I’m not going to let my players get to that point either."

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