During the 2011-12 NBA season, the Charlotte Bobcats set a record for the lowest winning percentage (.106) in the history of the Association. The 7-59 record would be frustrating for anyone who was a part of that season, so just imagine how one of the most celebrated athletes ever would deal with being involved with losing like that.
That celebrated athlete is none other than Bobcats owner and six-time NBA Champion Michael Jordan, who admitted that during last season’s futility record-setting run, he became so frustrated that he switched from his usual court side seat next to the team’s bench to the luxury box high in seclusion midway through the year.
Jordan does know that fixing the problems with the team won’t be an overnight solution, but also said that he is willing to do whatever it takes to correct it.
“I’ll spend the money, that’s not even a question, if a person fits what we want to do and it makes sense. But I don’t think it makes sense to be in a luxury tax situation and fighting for the eighth spot in the playoffs,” he said.
“Are we a playoff team? C’mon, we can’t expect that. But we need to get the ball rolling in the right direction. I’m not real happy about the record book scenario last season. It’s very, very frustrating…I don’t anticipate getting out of this business. My competitive nature is I want to succeed. It’s always been said that when I can’t find a way to do anything, I will find a way to do it. I didn’t get in the business to try to get out. Grant it I want to turn this thing around as fast as possible but obviously this is a process. I’m committed to it and I want to pass it down to my family members or my kids. I want this to always be in Charlotte.”
The Bobcats tip off their 2012-13 season Friday night at home versus the Indiana Pacers, a team who is expected to contend in the Eastern Conference this season.