Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Worst Owners in Sports (NBA Edition)

            Here's another edition of "Worst Owners in Sports." This edition looks at the worst owners in the NBA. This was a hard post to do because most of the bad NBA owners like Donald Sterling and Bruce Levenson were either weeded out or sold the team. Anyways, here's a look at some of the worst owners in the NBA right now.

  1. Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets (formerly the Charlotte Bobcats): Charlotte's actually looked very good this year. However, they do have a few detriments under Air Jordan's watch, most of them as the Bobcats. They had the worst win percentage in one season, posting a 7-59 record and a .106 win percentage in 2011-2012 (the season was shortened due to a lockout). They've gone through six head coaches since 2004. None of those coaches had a winning percentage over .500 during that time. They never won a playoff game as the Bobcats, having been swept in both of their playoff appearances. Still, it appears that the Hornets are headed in the right direction in an Eastern Conference that's wide open. 
  2. Glen Taylor, Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves currently hold the longest postseason drought in the NBA at 12 seasons. They're already out of contention for this year's playoffs and Timberwolves fans don't know when things will turn around. Since their last playoff appearance in 2003-2004 (they lost to the Lakers 4-2 in the Western Conference Finals), they've had a record of 325-625 (including this season). That results in a win percentage of .342. It's nice that they brought back a 'Wolves fan-favorite in Kevin Garnett, though. 
  3. Joshua Harris (Apollo Management Group), Philadelphia 76ers: Ever since Harris bought the team from Ed Snider in 2011, this once-proud franchise has trended down very quickly. Not long ago, it was the 76ers who upset the No. 1 seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs (2011-2012). Now, they've regressed with every passing year, currently standing with a record of 9-66 (they started the season 1-30). Their 'star' player, Jahlil Okafor, got suspended for a fight in Boston. Things have gotten so bad in Philly that they've hired Jerry Colangelo as the Special Advisor to the Managing General Partner and Chairman of Basketball Operations. With an insane amount of draft picks gone awry or traded away in the past few seasons, it's no wonder Philly fans are turning their backs on this franchise at the moment. 
  4. Special Honorable Mention: James Dolan, New York Knicks: While his New York Rangers have had significant success in the NHL, Dolan's New York Knicks have been a different story. Carmelo Anthony has been every bit of dysfunctional as a Knick. Phil Jackson hasn't been able to rein in the team. Derek Fisher, who was supposed to help turn this team around, is instead fighting with Matt Barnes (he's been replaced by Kurt Rambis). Players like Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire haven't panned out for the Knicks. It's been an absolute circus for Big Apple basketball.
            Other Honorable Mentions (that aren't so special): Richard DeVos (Orlando Magic), Stan and Ann Walton Kroenke (Denver Nuggets), Robert Sarver (Phoenix Suns)

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