- Cleveland Cavaliers
- August 20, 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers, also called the Cavs or the Cavaliers, are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1970, they compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Eastern Conference Central Division, currently coached by Tyronn Jamar Lue. They won the 2016 NBA Finals championship, five Conference titles and seven Division titles.
The Cleveland Cavaliers colors are wine, gold, navy blue and black; while their logo represents a gold sword piercing the wine-colored letter “C”. The Cavs current home arena is Quicken Loans Arena, also known as “The Q”.
The Cavs started their career in the 1970-71 NBA season, as an expansion team, during which they finished in last place with a 15-67 won-lost record. The following four seasons went just as bad, until the 1975-76 season, when they won their first division title and their first playoff spot in 1976. Led by head coach Bill Fitch, the Cavs defeated the Washington bullets with a 4-3 victory in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The three last-second game-winning shots by the Cavs became known as the “Miracle of Richfield” (Richfield was the location hosting the team’s home arena, Coliseum, at that time). During the Eastern Conference finals they lost to the Boston Celtics in six games.
The Ted Stepien era
Nick Mileti sold the team to Ted Stepien in 1980. During his ownership, which lasted three years, he made a lot of questionable and inexperienced trades and changes in the coaching staff that dramatically affected the team. The Cavs dropped to the bottom of the League, finishing 15-67. Financial difficulties arose inevitably and during the years of Stepien’s ownership, the team lost about $15 million. In 1983, he sold the team to George and Gordon Gund.
Ten consecutive playoffs appearances
The Cleveland Cavaliers made the playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons: 1984–85 and 1997–98. . During the first part of the 1990s, the Cavaliers also made the playoffs for five consecutive years, however, in the 1998-99 season, they went a disheartening 31-50, followed by 30-52 in the 2000-2001 season. The team eventually fired their head coach, Randy Wittman, who was replaced by John Lucas.
LeBron James – the number 1 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft
After decades of struggles, brighter times came for the Cavs in 2003, when they acquired the first pick in the 2003 NBA Draft Lottery, choosing Akron native and future NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), LeBron James. In 2005, they hired Mike Brown as head coach and added other reputable players to the team, such as: Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden and Anderson Varajao.
These changes brought them five consecutive playoffs (2006 – 2010) and their first NBA Finals appearance (2006-07), during which they lost to San Antonio Spurs. In the 2008-09 season, they marked a new record, with a franchise-best 39–2 record at home and ending the regular season with 66 wins and only 16 losses. The Cavs lost the Eastern Conference Finals to the Orlando Magic.
On 8th July 2010, LeBron James publicly announced that he would live the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat. After his departure, the Cavs went 97–215 and missed the playoffs each season.
The Cavs win the 2016 NBA Finals championship
After four seasons spent at the Miami Heat, LeBron James returned to the Cavs. Led by him, the Cleveland Cavaliers made four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, all of them against the Oakland based team, the Golden State Warriors. It was for the first time in the NBA history when two teams had to play against each other for four consecutive years. Nevertheless, the Cavs won only one time out of four, during the 2005-16 season. The 2016 NBA Championship winning marked the Cavaliers’ first title in franchise history.
On June 22nd 2016, over a million people were estimated to have attended a victory parade in downtown Cleveland to celebrate their victory, as it was the first time in 52 years that a team representing the city had won a title in the country’s four most popular professional team sports leagues.
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