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The Cleveland Cavaliers are located in the state of Ohio.
The history of the Cleveland Cavaliers from Wikipedia.
The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They began playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1970 as an expansion team. They play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers have featured many NBA stars during its history, including draft picks turned All-Stars Austin Carr, Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, and LeBron James. Past NBA greats such as Nate Thurmond, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, and Shaquille O’Neal also played in Cleveland (albeit near the end of their careers).
The team has had moderate success in its history, winning three Central Division Championships (1976, 2009, 2010), an Eastern Conference Championship in 2007, and 18 total playoff seasons.
However, the team has also had a number of dubious distinctions, such as former owner Ted Stepien’s tenure, which led the NBA to create a rule regulating the trading of draft picks (“The Stepien Rule”), and a 26 game losing streak in 2010–11, which tied the record for the longest losing streak in major American professional sports.
The Cavaliers first began play in the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team under the ownership of Nick Mileti. The father of Major League Baseball pitcher Brett Tomko, Jerry Tomko, submitted the winning entry to name the team the “Cavaliers” through a competition sponsored by the The Plain Dealer, supporters preferred it to “Jays”, “Foresters” and “Presidents”. Playing their home games at Cleveland Arena under the direction of head coach Bill Fitch, they compiled a league-worst 15–67 record in their inaugural season. The team hoped to build around the number one 1971 draft pick Austin Carr who had set numerous scoring records at Notre Dame, but Carr severely injured his leg shortly into his pro career and never was able to realize his potential.
The following seasons saw the Cavaliers gradually improve their on-court performance, thanks to season-by-season additions of talented players such as Bingo Smith, Jim Chones, Jim Cleamons and Dick Snyder. Cleveland improved to 23–59 in their sophomore season, followed by a 32–50 record in 1972–73, and a small step backwards to 29–53 in 1973–74. In 1974, the Cavaliers moved into the brand-new Richfield Coliseum, located in a rural area thirty miles south of downtown Cleveland in Summit County (now part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park). That season, the Cavaliers finished with a 40–42 record, falling just short of a playoff berth.
In the 1975–76 season with Carr, Smith, Chones, Snyder, and newly acquired Nate Thurmond; Fitch led the Cavaliers to a 49–33 record and a division title. Fitch received the league’s Coach of the Year award as the Cavs made their first-ever playoff appearance, and clinched their first Central Division Title.
The Cavs won the series against the Washington Bullets, 4–3. Because of the many heroics and last-second shots, the series became known locally as the “Miracle of Richfield.”
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