As Jason Lee said in “Vanilla Sky”, and a lot of other less-qualified sources have probably echoed through the ages, “Just remember: The sweet is never as sweet without the sour.” I already finished counting down my list of the Top 100 Moments of the ’10-’11 NBA Season, and that sure was fun. But that’s not the whole story of the season, is it?

It seemed only right, then, that I take some time to salute the miseries of the ’10-’11 season — the occurrences that made you take a step back and say “Whoa, I’m glad that’s not happening to my team” (Or, alternately, “WHY THE FUCK IS THIS HAPPENING TO MY TEAM!!?!?!??”). The bad plays, the injuries, the displays of poor sportsmanship, the controversies, and everything else that made you wonder if it wouldn’t be too late to catch the last few minutes of The Vampire Diaries instead. Take a look at the bottom 40, and realize that even in something as horrifying as an NBA lockout, there is mercy:

40. The hole in David Lee’s elbow

39. Carlos Boozer’s no-show in the playoffs

38. Quinton Ross and Stephen Graham start in the same game for the Nets (in December!)

37. Michael Beasley chews out a teammate for not playing defense

36. Justin Bieber wins MVP at the All-Star Celebrity Game (Scottie got robbed!)

35. Vince Carter reaches 20,000 points, nobody notices or cares

34. The Sixers’ succession of embarrassing late-game collapses

33. Allen Iverson goes to Turkey, flops, gets injured, plans another NBA comeback

32. Bad Russ

31. Rip Hamilton benched for trade rumors

30. Mike Bibby gives up $6 million to have historically bad post-season

29. Caron Butler goes under the knife, loses season

28. CP3 or Dwight: Who’s next to go?

27. DeMarcus Cousins and the likely first of many suspension-worthy offenses

26. Eric Gordon goes down just as the Clippers start to get good

25. Toronto’s three-pointer streak finally snapped

24. FREE TYRUS THOMAS

23. LeBron and Wade segregate Bosh to his own press conferences

22. The Blatche-McGee fight nonsense

21. Pau Gasol’s post-breakup playoff funk

20. Tim Duncan gets old

19. Magic-Knicks at MSG gets postponed due to asbestos leak

18. The Timberwolves’ season-ending 15-game losing streak

17. Ron Artest and Glen “Big Baby” Davis get blocked by the rim

16. Donnie Walsh gets shown the door

15. Shaquille O’Neal limps to the finish line of his career

14. The Wizards’ 25-game home losing streak

13. Rudy Gay: Out for the year

12. Kevin Garnett pisses everyone off

11. “Look at all those beautiful black bodies!”

10. Yao’s career possibly over

9. MELODRAMA

8. The Pistons’ practice walkout

7. Magic trade for Arenas, J-Rich and Turk, doom team to years of mediocrity

6. Knicks get crushed in first two playoff home games at MSG in seven years

5. Jerry Sloan’s “Did I Jump or Was I Pushed?” retirement

4. Greg Oden and Brandon Roy: Better luck next year, Blazers fans

3. Andrew Bynum turns heel in Game 4

2. The Cavs historic’ 26-game losing streak

1. LeBron’s second (or third) consecutive season ending with a perplexing, unsatisfying playoff exit

Comments (13)

  1. What about the NBA buying the Hornets? That was uncool.

  2. How is 37 a bad thing? Dude should have been playing D…

  3. aw, c’mon! i was eating!

  4. mike bibbi is the definition of loosing. had one good postseason back in scaramento, stupid gms believed he can do it again and again… no team will win with him. ever.

  5. ^^^
    I mean losing.

  6. phew. glad the cavs 55 point loss to the lakers didn’t make this list.

  7. The number one worst thing about the nba should be: …. DAVID STERN

  8. Phil Jacksons last game ever is a terrible blowout with Bynum going nuts.

  9. David Stern is consistently the worst thing about the NBA season. It would make me feel good to watch him suffer.

  10. Nah, that 55 point game was during the losing streak. So was the karma tweet and Andy’s injury. Take that one late December win against the Knicks out of the equation and you also have the embarrassing December 2nd loss to the Heat at home.

    What an awful Winter for the Cavs.

  11. #1 worst part of this season was knowing that it could be the last one for a while.

  12. what about FREE PEJA?

  13. Definitely a season to forget for my Cavs.

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