Michael Jordan's No. 23 has long been synonymous with greatness. By Thursday night that number could have a completely different meaning for him.
His Charlotte Bobcats face their 23rd consecutive loss and would finish the season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106) if they don't beat the New York Knicks on the final night of the shrunken season. And that would mean the man recognized globally as the greatest basketball player ever would be the not-so-proud owner of the worst NBA team ever.
A spectacular resume that includes six NBA championships and five league MVP awards would also include one very forgettable season for the record book.
It's been 39 years since an NBA team finished with a worse winning percentage than the Bobcats. In a full season, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers finished 9-73 (.110) in a full regular season.
In this lockout-shortened regular season, the Bobcats are a woeful 7-58 - and they are every bit as bad as the numbers indicate.