Let's say you want to go about securing a top-five lottery pick, maybe even looking to do so for several years in a row. How might you go about doing that?
Ask Michael Jordan, for starters.
He seems to have it down to a science. Except the 2009-10 season, in which the Charlotte Bobcats put together a reasonably competitive .537 winning percentage, the team has won fewer than 40 percent of its games in four of its eight seasons. It's never finished better than fourth in the Southeast Division.
Of course, MJ didn't take over until 2010, so he can't be blamed entirely. The decision to start from scratch and rebuild was probably a good one at the end of the day. This franchise was headed nowhere fast otherwise.
And one man certainly can't do it alone. Losing is every bit the team effort that is winning. From the top down, struggling organizations suffer from a range of hazards, some systemic and others fueled by especially bad apples.
Here's a look at the anatomy of the worst team ever.