The Cleveland Cavaliers usually referred simply as Cavs by their fans is an American professional basketball club based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Cavaliers play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league as a member of NBA Eastern Conference Central Division. The franchise was founded in 1970, and it expanded from Buffalo Braves and Portland Trail Blazers where they played from their home stadium at Cleveland Arena between 1970 and 1974 before they moved to Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
The team opened their first season in which they lost 15 of the games, as they were struggling in their formative years. They, however, won their first Central Division Title in 1976, which also marked their first winning season, as well as a playoff appearance in the entire franchise history consequently advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Ted Stephen later bought the team in 1980, and during his tenure as owner, the franchise marked more than six coaching changes, draft decisions, questionable deals, and poor attendance that resulted into a $15 million financial loses. Gordon Gund later purchased the franchise in 1983, from which the team became a regular NBA playoff contender with exceptional players such as Brad Daugherty and Mark Price. They later advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992.
After the franchise appeared for the 1998 playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers had 6 consecutive losing seasons with none of the playoff action. However, they were given the top overall pick for the 2003 draft, from which the franchise selected LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas when the team revamped to become a likely playoff contender by 2005.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made their first NBA Finals appearance in 2007 before winning their first Eastern Conference Championships in the team’s history. The team failed to make a return to the NBA Finals after which Lebron James left for the Miami Heat in 2010, and as a result, the team finished last in the 2010 – 2011 season in the conference by enduring a twenty-six game losing streak that ranked as the longest in the NBA history.
For the seasons between 2010 and 2014, the franchise won the top pick in the NBA Draft lottery three times, from which they managed to select Kyrie Irving in 2011. Lebon James later rejoined the team in 2014 and helped to propel the franchise to 3 straight NBA Finals appearances. The Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship in 2016 that marked the first sporting title in the franchise history since 1964. Their victory over the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals marked the first time in NBA history for a team to come back and win after a series of losing trails.
Cleveland Cavaliers have since won one NBA Championship in 2016, 4 conference titles in 2007, 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as 6 Divisional Titles in 1976, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The team has had seven retired numbers that include 7, 11, 22, 25, 34, 42, and 43.