Introduction

Cleveland Cavaliers is a professional basketball team from America. It is a member of the “Eastern Conference Central Division.” It started its journey as an “expansion team” in 1970. The same year, the teams like “Portland Trail Blazers” and “Buffalo Braves.” The team started playing its home match at “Cleveland Arena” between 1970 and 1974. Then, it started playing at “Richfield Coliseum” between 1974 and 1994. The team started playing at “Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse” in 1994. Dan Gilbert bought the team in March 2005.

Quick Info 
Club's Full NameCleveland Cavaliers
(1970–present)
Date of Establishment1970
LocationCleveland, Ohio
ArenaRocket Mortgage Field House
OwnerDan Gilbert,
Gordon Gund,
Usher Raymond
General MangerKoby Altman
Head CoachJ. B. Bickerstaff
Championships1 (2016)
Club ValuationUS $1.51 billion

History

Early Years

Likewise, Cleveland Cavaliers struggled a lot during the beginning years of its establishment. It lost fifteen matches in the first season. The team only succeeded to reach the “sixth” position in the early five seasons of the “Eastern Conference”. It won the “Central Division” for the first time in 1976. This became the first “winning season” of the team and also reached the finals of the “Eastern Conference.” Ted Stepien became the owner of the team in 1980. The team had to face financial losses of $15 million, controversial trades and draft decisions, and changes of six coaches. It lost a total of 24 games till the “1982-83 season” during the ownership of Ted.

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Moreover, Gordon Gund and George became the new owners of the team in 1983. The team succeeded to become the regular participants of the “Playoff” during the middle of the 1980s and most of the 1990s. Brad Daugherty and Mark Price were the star players of the team during that time. The team even reached the finals of the “Eastern Conference” in 1992. It also appeared in the “Playoff” in 1998.

LeBron James Era

The team got the opportunity for the “Top Overall Pick” during the “2003 Draft.” As a result, LeBron James joined the team. After the addition of LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to the team, the team succeeded to play in the “Playoff” in 2005. Cleveland Cavaliers appeared for the first time in the finals of the “NBA” in 2007. It also won the “Eastern Conference Championship” for the first time in the history of the team.

The team failed to reach the finals of the NBA for the continuous three years. This resulted in the departure of James from the team in 2010. The team also became the last during the “Eastern Conference” in the “2010-2011 season.” It also had to face long losing streaks of “26 matches.” This is regarded as the “Longest Losing Streak” in the history of “NBA.” The team won the “Top Pick” during the “NBA Draft Lottery” in 2011, 2013, and 2014. It succeeded to add Kyrie Irving in 2011.

Return of LeBron James

The team had an amazing start in 2014. LeBron joined the team again that year. This resulted in reaching the finals of the NBA continuously four times. The team succeeded to win the “NBA Championship” for the first time in 2016. It was the first “Major Title” win of the team after the victory in 1964. The victory was over the team “Golden State Warriors.” The team has a total score of appearing in twenty-two playoffs, won the “Eastern Conference” title five times,  one “NBA” and “Central Division” title seven times.

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NBA Champion Cavs Image Source The New York Times

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Cleveland Cavaliers is active on social media platforms. It goes with the name of “Cavs” on Instagram with 8.7 million followers, and “Cleveland Cavaliers” on Twitter with 3.2 million followers. The official Facebook page of the team is “Cleveland Cavaliers” has 8.2 million followers. The official website of the team is www.cleveland.com. All these channels play a vital role to convey all the changes, updates, victories, losses, schedules to the public. The social media platforms have been the easiest channel for the followers to enjoy all the changes of the team.

Legendary Players

There are a lot of players from the Cleveland Cavaliers team who have shone in the “NBA” scenario. These players are popular as “Cavs Legends.” Bobby “bingo” Smith (1970-1979), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (1996-2010), Larry Nance (1988-1994), Mark Price (1986-1995), Austin Carr (1971-1980), Nate Thurmond (1975-1977), Brad Daugherty (1986-1994) and many more are regarded as the legendary players of the team.

Home Arenas

Cleveland Cavaliers has been hosting games at “Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse” since 1994. The first arena of the team was “Cleveland Arena.” It was during 1970-1974. The second arena of the team was “Richfield Coliseum.” It was for twenty years from 1974 to1994.

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Mascots

 Cleveland Cavaliers have a total of two official mascots. They are “Sir C.C.” and “Moondog.” These mascots not only have a great bond in the team but also carries a strong connection with the area of its establishment.  Cleveland is the birthplace of “Rock n Roll” music. Alan Freed was the radio jockey who broke the stereotypic trend of music. He was popular as “Moondog” and all the listeners were “Moondoggers.” This gave the idea of creating a mascot on the name of “Moondog.” The journey of this mascot began on 5th November 2003. 

Another mascot “Sir C.C.” came into action on 27th November 2010. The mascot got its inspiration from the literary genre of “swashbuckler.” The genre has its original roots in Europe that deals with acrobatics, chivalrous, guile, and swordplay.

Club Valuation

The exact figures of the net worth of the Cleveland Cavaliers are not clear. Although as per forbes.com, its team value is $1.51 billion. This was the date of February 2020. There is no doubt that the team value will increase in the upcoming days.

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