Clippers and Bobcats, Oh My: The Best and Worst of the NBA

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by Kolby Solinsky

Editor, White Cover Magazine

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If you’re a Cheesehead from Green Bay or a Canadian in mourning over another season (pretty much now) lost to pettiness and squabbling, you may be unaware of this… but the NBA is currently the best and the worst league in professional sports.

You have the Los Angeles Clippers. The longtime jokes of the National Basketball Association. The punchline on the bumper sticker of everyone’s 1998 Pontiac Sunfire. The Wile E. Coyote to the Lakers’ Roadrunner. The Clippers have won 16 straight games and have looked good doing it. They’re first in the NBA with a record of 24-6. It’s the best story in a league ripe with good stories in 2012, and we’re almost at the end of that era.

Then, you have the Charlotte Bobcats, and it’s not surprising to hear just how futile and impotent they really are. With 18 straight losses, the Bobcats are lost and bound for Glory Holes (that’s not a good thing, if you understand the reference).

Even worse than that is this: the Bobcats are not last in the NBA.

No, for the first time in, like, ever, Charlotte actually started this season off okay. Enough to spot themselves they idiotically and spectacularly fell from whatever they must have thought was Heaven. In the Eastern Conference, the Bobcats are actually third last. Both the Wizards and the Cavaliers trail them.

Washington is last with a record of 4-24. Yes, that’s right… Almost the exact opposite of the Clippers at the other end of the totem pole.

Here’s SB Nation’s Joshua Priemski of Rufus on Fire after the Bobcats lost their 15th straight game on December 23:

“Oh, hi Bobcats. What’s that you’re carrying? A whip? Oh! Okay, I’ll bend over. It’s my fault you’re this bad.”

Priemski prefaced that astute metaphor with a real psychological term. Surely, it describes better than almost anything the somehow-still-present loyalty of Charlotte’s fanbase to their woeful and downright despicable Bobcats. The only things to embarrass that city more are Bachelorette Emily Maynard and the 2012 Democratic Convention.

Stockholm syndrome: Psychological phenomenon described as “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.”

Meanwhile, life has been okay in L.A.

While the Lakers are finally climbing out of Buffalo Bill’s soap pit, the Clippers are revived and looking like a revolution.

And, while the Bobcats are one loss away from a winless December, the Clippers are one win away from a perfect one.

Huzzah, NBA. You love you. We hate you. We love you.