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Cleveland Cavaliers

American professional basketball team

The Cleveland Cavaliers are a team in the National Basketball Association in Cleveland, Ohio. They began playing in 1970. They play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena. They now have one NBA championship won in 2016 with the help of LeBron James.

Cleveland Cavaliers
2019–20 Cleveland Cavaliers season
Cleveland Cavaliers logo
ConferenceEastern
DivisionCentral
Founded1970
HistoryCleveland Cavaliers
1970–present[1][2]
ArenaRocket Mortgage FieldHouse
LocationCleveland, Ohio
Team colorsWine, gold, navy blue, black[3][4][5]
                   
Main sponsorGoodyear Tire and Rubber Company[6]
General managerKoby Altman
Head coachJohn Beilein
OwnershipDan Gilbert (majority)[7]
Gordon Gund, Usher Raymond (minority)
Affiliation(s)Canton Charge
Championships1 (2016)
Conference titles5 (2007, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Division titles7 (1976, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Retired numbers7 (7, 11, 22, 25, 34, 42, 43)
Websitewww.nba.com/cavaliers
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Association jersey
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Association
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Icon jersey
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Statement jersey
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Statement
LeBron James with Cleveland.

HistoryEdit

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.[8] 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 the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals until 2015[9]

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. 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.[10]

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. The Cavaliers lost in the 2015 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, and won a rematch against the Warriors in the 2016 Finals. The championship was the first ever for the Cavaliers, and the first for any major sports team in Cleveland in over 50 years.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NBA.com/Stats–Cleveland Cavaliers seasons". Stats.NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. "History: Team by Team" (PDF). 2018-19 Official NBA Guide. NBA Properties, Inc. October 8, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  3. "Cavaliers Logo Suite Evolves to Modernize Look". Cavs.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. "Cavaliers Uniform/Logos History" (PDF). 2018-19 Cleveland Cavaliers Media Guide. NBA Properties, Inc. November 13, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2019. 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.”
  5. "Cleveland Cavaliers Reproduction and Usage Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  6. NBA Media Ventures, LLC (May 15, 2017). "Goodyear, Cavaliers Relationship Built on Shared Principles of Drive, Determination and Commitment to the Community". Press release. http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/releases/goodyear-sponsorship-170515. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 
  7. "Dan Gilbert Confirms Contract Has Been Signed to Purchase Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Team; Rights to Operate Gund Arena". Cavs.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. January 3, 2005. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  8. "NBA.com: spriteNBA Draft Board". www.nba.com.
  9. Ziegler, P.J. (2016-06-19). "Cleveland Cavaliers win NBA Championship; LeBron James named MVP". Fox 8 Cleveland. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  10. http://www.kansascity.com/2011/02/09/2644759/cavaliers-losing-streak-reaches.html

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