by Craig Kwasniewski
In the NBA not every night is FANNNTASTIC. Some nights a really bad team rolls into town, bringing a completely unwatchable game. Season ticket holders give those games away as birthday or Christmas gifts. Usually corporate ticket holders "donate" the tickets to charity for a write off and publicize the deed more than a Katie Holmes pregnancy. If you ever go to these games, you see that more than half the fans are school groups, charity groups and church groups. These are the Charity Cases, teams so bad that the tickets are given away.
Here are my top five Charity Cases:
5. New Orleans/Oklahoma City/Baton Rouge/Las Vegas Hornets: There are more city names than season ticket holders who actually care to watch the game. They are even having trouble giving away tickets to home games in Baton Rouge.
4. Portland Trailblazers: Team Scared Straight could turn any troublesome child in the right direction. Added bonus, financial lessons on the perils of guaranteed contracts.
3. Utah Jazz: Nothing more exciting that watching clean cut white guys playing fundamental basketball and being caffeine free. Added bonus, enough available seats that an entire Mormon family can attend.
2. Atlanta Hawks: The veterans of this list now that the Clippers are a playoff contender. Hard to believe that in the 80's this was one of the most exciting teams to watch. Dominique Wilkins must be rolling over in his grave.
1. Toronto Raptors: Since the modern day Dominique (Vince Carter) left town, this team is the least watchable NBA team. Much like the Canadian Dollar, worth 40% of the entertainment.
Charlotte Bobcats (Secret Bonus Team): Don't let the awful jerseys, the expansion tag or the low home attendance scare you. This is actually a decent team to watch. They are deep in athletic players and play an uptempo game. If your boss gives you these tickets, go to the game.