What if LeBron’s decision left Cleveland without a team?

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Lebron JamesNot five, not six, not seven…not Championships for the Miami Heat, but years without a Cleveland  Basketball team?

The  Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA record losing streak (26) tied them with the NFL‘s  Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest streak across all four major sports in the modern era.

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Think LeBron James is the villain now? Imagine if the NBA removed the lovable losers from the city of Cleveland.

The NBA is talking contraction and what if “The Decision” of LeBron to take his talents to South Beach left the Cavs out in the cold without an NBA team?

The “super” team aspect has caused complete chaos, as the joining of LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh has caused a perfect storm on the shore of Miami, but left a natural disaster to clean up in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers went 0-16 in January, just the third time in the last 20 seasons a team went win less over an entire month and the only thing that stopped this streak from being 37 straight was an overtime win against the  New York Knicks.

While this losing streak will go down in history, it was the Cavaliers who also held the previous record for consecutive losses in 1981-82, losing 24 straight during two seasons.

Last season, NBA Commissioner David Stern held two days of meetings with league owners and stated that the owners are in a “diseconomic situation,” with projected league-wide losses of about $340 million to $350 million this season.

In order to somehow combat these losses, Stern has said that the NBA is looking to cut player costs by $750 million to $800 million.

Another option is contraction. According to Stern, the NBA is open to it.

With the NBA players joining forces and making these “super” teams, the NBA’s timing of contraction talk could be just smoke screens and mirrors to scare owners who are not pulling in a profit. But if it becomes a reality, could Cleveland be one of them?

More than half of the NBA teams are currently forecasted to lose money this season and a number that could be contracted including the Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats.

The absence of James has undoubtedly reduced the number of tickets purchased, which has also affected the concessions and jersey sales and the Cavs are becoming one of many NBA teams struggling to survive.

Think LeBron is hated by Cleveland now? Wait until he is winning championships and Cleveland is losing a basketball team.

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