Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers, often referred to as the Cavs, are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland.wikipedia
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Eastern Conference (NBA)

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The Cavaliers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.

Central Division (NBA)

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The Cavaliers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.
The division consists of five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

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Since 1994, the Cavs have played home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland, which is shared with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.
The building is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Richfield Coliseum

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Home games were first held at Cleveland Arena from 1970 to 1974, followed by the Richfield Coliseum from 1974 to 1994.
The arena was primarily the home to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), developed by Cavaliers owner Nick Mileti, who also owned the Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey Association.

Cleveland Gladiators

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Since 1994, the Cavs have played home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland, which is shared with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.
The Gladiators played their home games at Quicken Loans Arena, which they shared with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Dan Gilbert

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Dan Gilbert has owned the team since March 2005.
He is the owner of the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers.

2003 NBA draft

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Cleveland was awarded with the top overall pick in the 2003 draft, and they selected LeBron James.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who had a 22.50 percent probability of obtaining the first selection, won the NBA draft lottery on May 22, and Cleveland chairman Gordon Gund said afterward his team would select LeBron James.

Cleveland

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The Cleveland Cavaliers, often referred to as the Cavs, are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland.
This trend has been accompanied by major victories in sports, most prominently the victory of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals, the first major professional sports championship won by a Cleveland team since 1964.

Gordon Gund

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George and Gordon Gund purchased the franchise in 1983.
He is the former co-owner of the San Jose Sharks (National Hockey League) and former principal owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association) and is currently a minority owner of the Cavaliers.

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The team began play as an expansion team in 1970, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves.
The Braves were one of three NBA expansion franchises that began play in the 1970–71 season (the others being the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers).

Ted Stepien

The franchise was purchased by Ted Stepien in 1980.
Theodore J. Stepien (June 9, 1925 – September 10, 2007) was an American businessman who owned the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1980 to 1983.

Portland Trail Blazers

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The team began play as an expansion team in 1970, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves.
Along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Buffalo Braves (now Los Angeles Clippers), the Trail Blazers entered the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team, under coach Rolland Todd.

LeBron James

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Cleveland was awarded with the top overall pick in the 2003 draft, and they selected LeBron James.
A prep-to-pro, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 as the first overall draft pick.

Mark Price

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During the latter half of the 1980s and through much of the 1990s, the Cavs were a regular playoff contender, led by players such as Mark Price and Brad Daugherty, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992.
Spending the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his last three years consisted of one season each with the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Orlando Magic.

Brad Daugherty (basketball)

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During the latter half of the 1980s and through much of the 1990s, the Cavs were a regular playoff contender, led by players such as Mark Price and Brad Daugherty, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992.
He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina and professionally with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

National Basketball Association

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The Cavaliers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.
In 1970, the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers) all made their debuts expanding the league to 17.

List of National Basketball Association longest losing streaks

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As a result, the Cavaliers finished the 2010–11 season last in the conference, enduring a 26-game losing streak that, as of 2017, ranks as the longest in NBA history for a single season and second overall.
The 76ers are tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the longest single season losing streak.

2015–16 Cleveland Cavaliers season

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In 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship, marking Cleveland's first major sports title since 1964.
The 2015–16 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 46th season of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Cleveland Monsters

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Since 1994, the Cavs have played home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland, which is shared with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.
The Monsters began in 2006 when the dormant Utah Grizzlies AHL franchise was purchased on May 16, 2006, by a Cleveland ownership group led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans.

Kyrie Irving

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Between 2010 and 2014, however, the team won the top pick in the NBA draft lottery three times, first in 2011 where they selected Kyrie Irving, and again in 2013 and 2014.
He was named the Rookie of the Year after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

2014 NBA draft

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Between 2010 and 2014, however, the team won the top pick in the NBA draft lottery three times, first in 2011 where they selected Kyrie Irving, and again in 2013 and 2014.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the draft lottery to earn the first overall pick in the draft; this is the fourth number-one pick for Cleveland since 2003 and third number-one pick over a four-year span from 2011–2014.

Cleveland sports curse

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In 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship, marking Cleveland's first major sports title since 1964.
Three major league teams based in Cleveland contributed to belief in the curse: the Browns of the National Football League (NFL); the Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA); and the Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB).

1975–76 Cleveland Cavaliers season

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They set losing records in each of their first five seasons before winning their first division title in 1976.
The 1975–76 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the sixth season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Downtown Cleveland

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Since 1994, the Cavs have played home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland, which is shared with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.
Revitalization of the Historic Gateway District began in the 1990s with the Gateway Project, which included construction of Progressive Field and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the homes of the MLB Cleveland Indians, NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, AFL Cleveland Gladiators, and AHL Cleveland Monsters.

2013 NBA draft

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Between 2010 and 2014, however, the team won the top pick in the NBA draft lottery three times, first in 2011 where they selected Kyrie Irving, and again in 2013 and 2014.