Let’s face it. When you post the worst record in the history of pro basketball, there really isn’t anywhere to go but up for the Charlotte Bobcats.
In fact, if history tells us anything, it’s that most of pro sports “worst ever” teams get better sooner rather than later. The ’73 Philadelphia 76ers went 9-73. At the time it was the worst record in NBA history. The ’76 version of Philly went 46-36. In just three years, they improved by 35 wins.
In 1976, the Tampa Bay Bucs went winless. Three years later, they were a 10 win football team. The 1972 New York Islanders went 12-60-6. Three years later they started a trend of 13 straight winning seasons.
More recently, in 2008 the Detroit Lions went winless. Last year, three years since that awful season, the team won 10 games.
For whatever reason (and I did not pick these teams on purpose, I just went through the internet and randomly selected some of the worst teams ever) it looks like it takes three years to turn historically awful sports franchises into, at the very least, winning teams.
The Bobcats, believe it or not, have a chance to continue that weird trend. They drafted to solid players this year, they’ll be bad enough next year to land a top five pick and they’ll probably be in the top ten again two years from now. If they draft well, that third year should be a good one.
I haven’t seen one yet, but Bobcats fans should put a billboard up outside of the Cable Box that read’s “No MJ on Draft Day. Keep Calm and Trust Cho.”