The Cleveland Cavaliers are an American professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in Cleveland, Ohio. They began playing in 1970. They play their home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, originally known as Gund Arena and later as Quicken Loans Arena. They now have one NBA championship won in 2016 with the help of LeBron James.
|Arena||Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse|
|Team colors||Wine, gold, navy blue, black|
|Main sponsor||Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company|
|General manager||Koby Altman|
|Head coach||J. B. Bickerstaff|
|Ownership||Dan Gilbert (majority)|
Gordon Gund, Usher Raymond (minority)
|Conference titles||5 (2007, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)|
|Division titles||7 (1976, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)|
|Retired numbers||8 (6, 7, 11, 22, 25, 34, 42, 43)|
For years, the team had little success, although with players such as Brad Daugherty and Mark Price, they had some success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992, where they lost to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls.
In 2003, the Cavaliers won the NBA Draft lottery, and chose LeBron James with the first pick. James became a star, and the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals for the first time in 2007. However, they lost to the San Antonio Spurs, 4 games to 0. This was the only time that the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals until 2015
James's contract ran out in 2010, and James decided not to sign another contract with the Cavaliers. Instead, he would play for the Miami Heat where he lead the team to four straight Finals, winning two of them. The Cavaliers were immediately a worse team. At one point during the 2010-2011 season, they lost 26 games in a row. This set a new NBA record for the most games lost in a row.
After the 2013–14 season, James' contract with the Heat ended, and he decided to return to the Cavaliers. The team, which in the meantime had added rising star Kyrie Irving and would soon add another star in Kevin Love, once again became NBA title contenders. Despite Irving and Love being out with injuries, LeBron lead the Cavaliers to a 2–1 lead, but lost the 2015 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors in six games, and won a rematch against the Warriors in the 2016 Finals after coming down 3–1 being the first team in the NBA Finals to do so. The championship was the first ever for the Cavaliers, and the first for any major sports team in Cleveland in over 50 years. However, the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in 2017 and 2018 Finals. James once again left the Cavaliers and joined the Los Angeles Lakers where he won his fourth championship in his second season with the team.
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Over the years, the club's colors – "wine and gold" – have become almost analogous to the team's actual name. The Cavaliers are the "Wine and Gold" in the same way that Ohio State is the "Scarlet and Grey," the University of Michigan is the "Maize and Blue" or the Oakland Raiders are the "Silver and Black."
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