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The Cleveland Cavaliers

I really feel for the Cavs. 25 straight losses is more than demoralizing. After LeBron left the Cavs, I knew that they would struggle; but not this bad. Unfortunately, key injuries to a few of their better players have taken a toll on the team. I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel for them. It’s just going to get worse.

It’s easy for a team to give up and stop trying when the cards are stacked against them. But I don’t hear that sentiment from Antawn Jamison: “[Now] we’ve just got to keep competing. We’re doing something we love to do. I tell people every day, ‘If this is the only problem I have to worry about, I wouldn’t want to take it, but I’ll take it.’ A lot of people are doing a lot of things and have worse problems than what we have.”

Jamison’s attitude is commendable. He’s not denying how terrible and unsatisfying it is to taste defeat night in and night out. He hates the fact that his team now holds the NBA record for futility. But he tries to put his troubles into perspective, realizing that what he is going through is nothing compared to the struggles that so many others deal with on a daily basis.

When we struggle and hit hard times, one of the more effective coping methods is to place our difficulties in its proper context. Try looking at all the other struggles people are dealing with everyday and be thankful for what we have.

That doesn’t mean we should not or cannot ask for a better lot. As I have mentioned before, we all have an individual relationship with God and we should feel comfortable asking Him for anything that we desire.

However, framing our struggles in the proper context gives us a healthier perspective on life and allows us to function normally and professionally.

If the Cavs lose on Wednesday to the Pistons and on Friday to the Clippers, we may have one of the more intriguing NBA games of the year on Sunday, when the Cavs host the Wizards. The Wizards have not won a road game this year and the Cavs will have lost 27 games in a row.

That is one game that I don’t want to have to put into perspective!

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