"I think this is not a wasted season because who knows how good we can be?" Jordan said before it started. "We've got some good pieces that can help us get to the playoffs. I'm not waiting until next year. I think we have a good quality basketball team this year."
The won-loss column says otherwise.
Jordan led the Bulls to an NBA-record 72 wins during the 1995-96 regular season. Meanwhile, the Bobcats are 185-290 in six seasons under Jordan and have only made the postseason once. They've never won a playoff game.
Charlotte became the butt of jokes this season.
"It has been tough, but we are just trying to move forward," guard D.J. Augustin said before Thursday's loss. "Many people are laughing at us and making (the losing streak) as a joke, but we take it very seriously."
Even Jordan's friends and colleagues have been critical of his job performance.
"I think the biggest problem has been I don't know if he has hired enough people around him who he will listen to," NBA analyst Charles Barkley said during a radio interview on ESPN. "One thing about being famous is the people around you. You pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check. They want to fly around on your private jet so they never disagree with you. I don't think Michael has hired enough people around him who will disagree."
One thing everyone can agree on: This was not a season to remember.
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