The Cleveland Cavaliers (often referred to as the Cavs) are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland. The Cleveland Cavaliers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division.
|Arena||Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse|
|General manager||Koby Altman|
|Head coach||J. B. Bickerstaff|
|Ownership||Dan Gilbert (majority)
Usher Raymond (minority)
The Cavaliers began play in the 1970–71 season as an expansion team. They set losing records in each of their first five seasons before winning their first division title in 1976. The 1976 team was led by Austin Carr, Bobby “Bingo” Smith, Jim Chones, Dick Snyder, Nate Thurmond, and head coach Bill Fitch. It was remembered for the “Miracle at Richfield”, in which the Cavaliers defeated the Washington Bullets 4–3 in the Eastern Conference(NBA) Semifinals.
The early 1980s were marked by Ted Stepien’s ownership. During Stepien’s reign, the Cavaliers made a practice of trading future draft picks for marginal veteran players. His most notable deal sent a 1982 first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Don Ford and the 22nd overall pick in 1980.
The Cavaliers had the number 1 pick in the 2003 NBA draft, selecting future NBA MVP LeBron James, a native of nearby Akron. In 2005, the team was sold to businessman Dan Gilbert. That year, the team also hired head coach Mike Brown and general manager Danny Ferry. The 2008–09 Cavaliers won a franchise-record 66 games, including a franchise-best 39–2 record at home, but lost the Eastern Conference Finals to the Orlando Magic.
The Cavaliers’ roster went through many changes in the 2017–18 season, most notably the trade of Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas and other assets. Thomas was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a trade deadline overhaul that saw the Cavaliers add Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. (son of Cavs legend Larry Nance) and others. The following offseason, James declined his player option to rejoin the team, instead signing with the Lakers. In the following two seasons, the team recorded only 19 wins and failed to make the playoffs
When the Cleveland Cavaliers debuted in the NBA in 1970, the team’s original jersey colors were wine and gold. The first jerseys featured the feathered treatment of the letter C in Cavaliers. In 1974, they changed into the classic block lettering and checkerboard pattern that was synonymous to the ‘Miracle of Richfield’ teams of 1976.
The gold checkerboard uniforms were used as throwbacks in the 2004–05 season to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the ‘Miracle of Richfield’ team, while the gold ‘Feathered C’ uniforms were used again in the 2008–09 season, as a buildup to the then-upcoming 40th season of the Cavaliers. The ‘Miracle of Richfield’ gold uniforms were used again in the 2015–16 season on special “Hardwood Classic” nights to commemorate the Miracle of Richfield teams’ 40th-anniversary celebration.
|Cleveland Cavaliers Hall of Fame|
|Chuck Daly 2||Head coach||1981–1982||1994|
|Lenny Wilkens 1||Head coach||1986–1993||1998|
|Bill Fitch||Head coach||1970–1979||2019|
|Wayne Embry 3||General manager||1986–1999||1999|
- Cleveland Arena(1970–1974)
- Richfield Coliseum(1974–1994)
- Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse(1994–present)
The Cavaliers have two official mascots, Moondog and Sir C.C. The former character was inspired by Cleveland radio disc jockey Alan Freed, who popularized the phrase “rock and roll” and had called himself “Moondog”. Moondog was an NBA All-Star selection in 2003 and 2004. His first appearance was on November 5, 2003.
Sir C.C., a swashbuckler character, debuted during a game on November 27, 2010.
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