I've never watched an NBA game just hoping for a team -- any team -- to lose but that will likely change on Saturday.
I've never watched an NBA game solely just hoping for a team -- any team -- to lose but that will likely change on Saturday. That's when the Philadelphia 76ers could surpass the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA record of 26 straight losses that dates back to the 2010-2011 season.
No surprise, that was the season right after LeBron James left and took his talents to South Beach.
Right now the 76ers are tied with Cavs. The 76ers are at home Saturday night against the 26-45 Detroit Pistons.
Of all the records I want the Cavs to hold, this certainly isn't one of them.
And it's not as if others haven't tried to be as bad as the Cavs in the past.
The 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats lost 23 straight and the 1972-73 76ers had 20 straight losses. And if I can inject some football into this, know that the Cavs/76ers 26-game losing streak right now ties the 1976–77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest losing streak in any American professional team sport.
The 76ers' losing streak started Jan. 31.
I don't think it would help for the Wachovia Center to play the Rolling Stones' "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" because, as you know, one line reads "Can't you see I'm on a losing streak." I have no compassion for the 76ers fans. I just want that horribly embarrassing record to no longer be associated with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Speaking of the Cavaliers, I went to college with Cavs star Austin Carr, I was there when Nick Mileti opened the Richfield Coliseum with Frank Sinatra in 1974 and I went to a lot of Cavs games that year when the Cavs went 40-42 and just missed the playoffs.
I was also there for the "Miracle of Richfield." In 1975-1976, the Cavs won the series against the Washington Bullets, 4–3. Because of the many heroics and last-second shots, the series became was dubbed the "Miracle of Richfield."
They won Game 7, 87–85 on a shot by Dick Snyder with 4 seconds to go. But injuries took their toll, especially to Jim Chones, and the Cavs lost to the Boston Celtics in Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs.
The Richfield Coliseum is no more and the Cavs play at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. LeBron isn't likely to come back either but I would just like to see that losing record get tagged with some other team's name.
If you aren't doing anything Saturday, please cheer for detroit to beat the 76ers. I would greatly appreciate it.
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