The Cleveland Cavaliers, more commonly referred to as the Cavs is a professional basketball team that is located in Cleveland. It is one of the eight teams that are members of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They started their career as an expansion team in NBA in 1970 but it was not until 2007 when they bagged a title.
The play their matches in Cleveland wearing blue, orange and white colored uniforms. They played their first match ever in 1970 with the status of an expansion team. The franchise Cleveland Cavaliers have managed to reach the Conference finals only twice and have managed only one Division Championship. In fact to date it is the most long standing team that has never made it to the NBA Finals.
During the mid seventies season the team successfully acquired the veteran center Nate Thurmond who successfully led the team to a winning season which was its first. Further they had a record of 49-33 win loss which resulted in its qualification for the playoffs. The victory owed to the solid defense of the team that featured Thurmond. But eventually the team was heavily defeated by the Boston Celtics in the final of the 1976 conference.
Through the late 80’s to the early 90’s, the team posted 57 winning records in two individual seasons and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992. Some of their star players included Brad Daugherty, Mark Price and Larry Nance. Nate Thurmond, Smith, John Johnson and Austin Carr are amongst the other historic players that are worth a mention. Their series of frustrating seasons continued even in 2002-2003 season.
They luckily acquired the number one draft pick in the NBA Lottery which they utilized to acquire a high school player LeBron James. Things were looking hopeful with his inclusion in the team and he managed win the NBA Rookie of the Year title. Season 2004-05 saw LeBron James flourishing into a superstar. His averages increased drastically. He together with Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas formed the effective centre of the team. In fact he is being compared by many to the all-time greatest player Michael Jordan.
Later the year 2005 brought many changes for the team. Mike Brown was employed as the coach and Danny Ferry who was a former player was hired as the general manager. Several multi year contracts were made with some players namely Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshall and Damon Jones who were all free agents.
Cleveland Clinic Courts, a practice facility was inaugurated in 2007 in Ohio and quickly became known as the best facility around. 2 courts, a conference room, front offices and a kitchen are featured by it. The local TV commentary is handled by Fred McLeod and Austin Carr whereas it is hosted by Jeff Phelps and Campy Russell.