Cleveland Cavaliers: Are They the Worst Team In the History of the NBA?

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Cleveland Cavaliers: Are They the Worst Team In the History of the NBA?
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Admit it: for just a brief, very brief, moment, you actually thought this season wouldn't be so bad for the Cavs, after all.

They started things off with a rousing, season-opening win over the Boston Celtics.  They won three straight games, all on the road, in early November.  There they stood on Thanksgiving weekend, after a win over Memphis, at 7-9.

Sure, it wasn't great, but after losing LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, and coach Mike Brown (ok, mostly LeBron) over the summer, things looked bleak, and 7-9 was at least something.  They actually were only a game and a half behind LeBron's new team, the Miami Heat, in the Eastern Conference standings, as the Heat struggled out of the gate and found themselves at just 9-8 as of that same Thanksgiving weekend.

Of course, everything changed after that.  LeBron came back into town for the first time, and the Heat steamrolled the Cavs, 118-90.  From then on, it's been a true tale of two cities.  Cleveland has lost an astonishing 35 of 36, including an NBA record 25 in a row (and counting), while Miami went on to win 21 of 22.

Now, we have to start asking the inevitable question: Are this season's Cavs the worst team in NBA history?  In order to answer it, let's look back at some of the saddest teams of years gone by.

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