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The Cleveland Cavaliers, more commonly known as the Cavs, is a professional basketball team based in Cleveland. It is one of the eight teams that make up the Central Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They began their career as an expansion team in the NBA in 1970 but it was not until 2007 that they won a title.

They play their games in Cleveland wearing blue, orange, and white uniforms. They played their first game in 1970 with the status of an expansion team. The Cleveland Cavaliers franchise has made it to the Conference finals only twice and has only achieved one Division Championship. In fact, to date it is the oldest team that has never made it to the NBA Finals.

In the mid-1970s season, the team successfully acquired veteran center Nate Thurmond, who successfully led the team to a winning season, which was its first. Also, they had a 49-33 win-loss record which resulted in their qualifying for the playoffs. The victory was due to the solid defense of the team that featured Thurmond. But ultimately the team was defeated by the Boston Celtics in the 1976 conference final.

From the late 1980s through the early 1990s, the team posted a winning record 57 in two individual seasons and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992. Some of its star players included Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, and Larry Nance. Nate Thurmond, Smith, John Johnson and Austin Carr are among the other historical players who deserve a mention. His string of frustrating seasons continued even into the 2002-2003 season.

Fortunately, they acquired the number one draft pick in the NBA Lottery, which they used to acquire a high school player, LeBron James. Things looked hopeful with his inclusion on the team and he went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year title. The 2004-05 season saw LeBron James become a superstar. His averages increased drastically. He along with Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas formed the effective center of the team. In fact, many compare him to the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan.

Later the year 2005 brought many changes for the team. Mike Brown was hired as coach and Danny Ferry, who was a former player, was hired as 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 center opened in 2007 in Ohio and quickly became known as the best center in the world. It has 2 courts, a conference room, offices and a kitchen. Local TV commentary is handled by Fred McLeod and Austin Carr while hosted by Jeff Phelps and Campy Russell.

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