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The Cleveland Cavaliers were founded by Nick Mileti and established in the National Basketball Association in 1970. The Cleveland Cavaliers were organized with the Buffalo Braves and the Portland Trail Blazers. Their inaugural season resulted in a last place finish with the record of 15 wins and 67 losses. The Cavaliers originally played their games in the Cleveland arena. In 1974, the team moved to the Coliseum and as their exposure to the game grew, the team improved. The year 1976 marked their first division title which sent them to their first NBA playoff appearance. In 1980, Mileti sold the team to Ted Stepien. Three years later, he was accused of making trades and other coach hirings. After the franchise lost $15 million under Stepien’s leadership, he sold the Cavaliers to George and Gordon Gund. George and Gordon Gund hired Wayne Embry as general manager and Lenny Wilkens as head coach. Seven years later, Wilkens resigned as coach and Mike Fratello took his spot. For the 1994-1995 season, the Cavaliers moved to Gateway Gund Arena. Fratello used his coaching skills to lead the Cavaliers to the 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1998 playoffs. However, Fratello was not able to pass the first round of playoffs in 1999. Thus, Wayne Embry resigned as general manager and Jim Paxson became the new General Manager. Paxson hired Randy Wittman and his first year resulted in a losing record. After the 2000-2001 season, Wittman was fired and the Cavaliers replaced Wittman with John Lucas (CLEVELAND).Coming off of the worst record in the NBA, LeBron James was the first draft pick in 2003. In the year 2005, businessman Dan Gilbert bought the franchise. That year, the Cavaliers hired a new coach, Mike Brown and a new general manager, Danny Ferry. The Cavaliers newly assembled team became the catalyst for five straight playoffs from 2006-2010 and an NBA finals appearance in the 2006-2007 season. However, the Cavaliers lack of success in the playoffs frustrated both LeBron and upper management. As a result of the lack of success, in the offseason, Mike Brown was fired as coach and Danny Ferry resigned from his position as the general manager (Pfahl).As a free agent, LeBron had a decision as to where to play next. On July 8th, 2010, in the nationally televised program on ESPN, LeBron expressed, “I am taking my talents to South Beach” and decides to play for the Miami Heat. Cavaliers fans went into an uproar. They were burning jerseys and were upset by his actions. Dan Gilbert expressed to the Cavalier fans, “You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal” (Kaminski).In 2010, the Cavaliers recreated their brand. In that year, the Cleveland Cavaliers hired coach Byron Scott and General Manager Chris Grant to adhere to the new remodeling of the brand. However, the Cavaliers faced major disappointment as the NBA team faced a record twenty-six game losing streak. However, in the 2010-2011 draft the Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson (CLEVELAND). Despite their draft picks, the team did not improve. The Cavaliers won 21 games. The next year, they showed no progress which led to the firing of Scott. Mike Brown replaced him and they acquired the former first draft pick center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers. However, the Cavaliers only improved to a 33-49 record. As a result of this losing record, this lead to the firing of Brown. Brown was replaced by David Blatt in 2014. That year in free agency, LeBron James decided that he wanted to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In addition, the Cavaliers traded Wiggins for Kevin Love, a proven top power forward. (CLEVELAND).