- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 24, 2009


“The next Tiger Woods, maybe …” — 18-year-old amateur Danny Lee on his aspirations after becoming the youngest winner in European Tour history Sunday at the Johnnie Walker Classic

TAKE YOUR PICK: Which team will finish with the NBA’s worst record?

Sacramento (12-45): The league’s worst defensive team, the Kings rank 29th in points allowed and 30th in field goal percentage defense. And that was before the franchise’s recent salary-dumping spate of waive-and-trade fever.

Oklahoma City (13-43): The Thunder are sloppy with the ball, and there’s nothing remotely resembling a center in Oklahoma City. Other than that, the Thunder have a nice, young nucleus in Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook.

Washington (13-43): The Wizards have been gutted by injuries. But be honest: Was there a legit point guard or center on the roster at the start of the season? And lest anyone attempt to soothe his franchise-spiraling angst with visions of the No. 1 draft pick, the owner says he can’t or won’t pay for that play. Enjoy.

L.A. Clippers (13-43): Al Thornton and Eric Gordon are surrounded by the league’s most impressive array of fossils. The Clippers would have one heck of a 2000 roster.

Memphis (15-40): Grizzlies management is in heated talks over whether it should draft James Harden or Al-Farouq Aminu in its obvious quest to field a team composed entirely of shooting guards and small forwards.

Our take: Wow, there are some true horror shows this season, but the race for the extra pingpong balls is going to devolve into a two-team stink-off between the Wizards and Kings. In the end, we like the Kings to emerge with the crown of calamity. After all, how can anyone compete with a starting frontcourt of Francisco Garcia, Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes?


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