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The Cleveland Cavaliers are a professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association or NBA. Also known as the Cavs, the team is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and are members of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Central Division. The Cavs play all of their home games at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, which it also shares with a number of other professional sports teams based in Cleveland. If you are a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers and would like to learn more about the team, its history, and how to get your hands on the best Cleveland Cavaliers tickets, click here.
About the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are an American professional basketball team that competes within the NBA. The team was originally founded in 1970 and started out as an expansion team.
Their history has been marked by periods of excellent play as well as slumps. Their strongest era has undoubtedly been since they acquired LeBron James in 2003. The team had also had a number of NBA legends play for them including Walt Frazier, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Brad Daugherty, Shaquille O'Neal, and Nate Thurmond.
Over their 46 year history, the Cavs have won five Central Division championships in 1976, 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2016. They have also won one NBA Championship in 2016 as well as three Eastern Conference championships in 2007, 2015, and 2016.
The team’s official colors are wine, gold navy blue and white.
The current team manager is David Griffin and the head coach is Tyronn Lue.
The History of the Cavs
The Cleveland Cavaliers were originally formed as an NBA expansion team in 1970. Over the course of the 46 years that they have been a team, the Cavs have displayed stretches of both fantastic and forgettable play.
When the team was first founded, it was under the ownership of Nick Mileti. In those first few years, the Cavs stretched their muscles and attempted to create a strong name and reputation for themselves. By 1976, the team won their first division title.
At the time, the head coach for the team was Bill Fitch and some of the star players on the team included the likes of Nate Thurmond, Austin Carr, Jim Chones, Bobby "Bingo" Smith, and Dick Snyder. Their head coach came to be remembered and immortalized by an incident known as the "Miracle at Richfield". This was in reference to a time when the Cavaliers faced the Washington Bullets and defeated them 4-3. They won their last game against them, Game 7, under almost miraculous circumstances. In the last four seconds of the game, Snyder scored a shot and led the Cavs to a 87-85 victory over the Bullets.
However, the Cavs were about to enter one of their poor periods of play shortly after. Due to a long list of injuries, the Cavs would begin to perform poorly and would lose the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics, 4–2. One of their star players, Chones, had sustained an ankle injury which many thought led to the Cavs demise. Many believe that the team would have won the 1976 NBA Championship had the injury not occurred. This loss led to the team performing poorly for the rest of the 70s, and eventually, Fitch resigned.
The Contentious Years
In the 1980’s, Ted Stepien took over ownership of the team. Under his leadership, the Cavs suffered immensely. Stepien was actively involved in hiring and firing numerous coaches from the team. He also made a number of poor trade and free agent signing decisions. The Cavs would go on to lose a number of their first round draft picks due to Stepien’s inability to trade. So disastrous was Stepien’s approach that the NBA actually introduced the "Ted Stepien Rule" which essentially prohibited teams from being able to trade away their first round draft picks in consecutive years.
During this era, the Cavs suffered both on and off the court. Local support for the team dwindled and the team went on to lose over 50 games in three straight years. In fact, the Cavaliers held the record in the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons for the NBA's all-time longest losing streak for 24 straight games.
If the Cavs were to survive, they needed an ownership change. By 1983, George and Gordon Gund came in and purchased the team. They still went through numerous coaches in order to fix the damage that had been done in the Stepien era. A change of fortunes came in 1986 when the team acquired four key players, Larry Nance, Brad Daugherty, Ron Harper, and Mark Price. At this point, Lenny Wilkens was brought on as the head coach. This combination of players and leadership led the Cavs to eight playoff seasons over the next nine years. In three of those seasons, the Cavs had 50 or more wins. This was the strongest the Cavs had been in a very long time.
After this period, the Cavs went through another slump until the early 2000s.
Their fortunes dramatically changed in 2003 when they acquired LeBron James.
Current Big Three Era
After a contentious period where James left the Cavs to play for the Miami Heat, he finally returned to Cleveland in the 2014 offseason.
The Cavs now looked to create a power team with James as well as power forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving.
Fans and the media have referred to this trio as the Big Three. The trio has led the Cavs to back to back finals appearances in the NBA in both 2015 and 2016. They went on to win the 2016 finals which was their first title win ever. They also became the first team in the NBA to win the finals after coming back from a 3-1 deficit. This effectively ended the Cleveland sports curse, because this was the city’s first championship in professional sports since 1964.