In the 1972-73 season, the Philadelphia 76ers finished the season with a 9-73 record, setting one of the most ignominious records in NBA history.
Forty-eight games into the season, the New Jersey Nets have won four times. Those old Sixers are getting the champagne ready.
The 72-73 Sixers opened the season 0-15; coupled with a four-game losing streak at the end of the Sixers' previous season, their 0-19 losing streak is tied for the ninth worst in NBA history. Not to worry—their 20-game losing streak later that season set the record for fifth worst in NBA history.
The 2009-10 Nets started this season with an NBA record 18-game losing streak. They've had two other 10-game or more losing streaks this season, and they still have 30-some games to play.
When ESPN's John Hollinger writes that the Nets might break the Sixers' all-time losing record, you pay attention.
With that said, here's a look at how the Nets fell so far so fast, what brought them this far down, and whether or not they'll replace the 1972-73 Sixers by owning the worst single-season record in NBA history.