For the past two seasons the Cleveland Cavaliers were the best team in all of pro basketball in the regular season and stood atop of the rankings. They have gotten to the Eastern Conference finals in 2008 but lost to the Orlando Magic. They went to the Eastern Conference semi-finals in 2009 but were trounced by the Boston Celtics. Lebron then gave up on his hometown team and in front of the nation, dissed his team and took his talents to South Beach.
With the departure of James, everything collapsed. Zydrunas Ilgauskas also took his talents to South Beach. Delonte West had all sorts of personal problems and was eventually traded. Anderson Varejao was lost for the season due to injuries. Mo Williams also spent time on the shelf. Shaquille O'Neil went to Boston to be their jolly green giant.
All of a sudden, the Cleveland Cavaliers have gone from title contender to lottery team practically overnight. They still had decent pieces left such as Anderson Varejao, Booby Gibson JJ Hickson, Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison and Ramon Sessions but injuries and poor performance especially in crunch time have combined to produce a twenty-six game losing streak that matches the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the worst in Pro Sports History and is the worst losing streak in NBA history. This streak obliterates the twenty-four game losing streaks by the 1982-83 Cleveland Cavaliers and 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies.
Coincidentally, Byron Scott was a part of that 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies expansion team. Making history in sports is always nice but making this kind of history is outright embarrassing. All of a sudden, the media was all over this team chronicling their downward spiral to mediocrity. This was even worse. Now the whole nation was aware of Cleveland's dire situation.The suffering ended with a hard fought overtime win against the Los Angeles Clippers. Yet, this does not prevent the 2010-11 edition of the Cleveland Cavaliers from joining in the annals of sports history as one of the worst teams of all time.