The Cleveland Cavaliers were born 40 years ago this month when the NBA voted to give Cleveland a team: Our weekly photo flashback
February 24, 2010, 12:01AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Basketball Association's Board of Governor's, meeting behind closed doors in Los Angeles, voted on Feb. 6, 1970, to award Cleveland one of four expansion teams.
The other cities that were winners on that Friday included Buffalo, Portland, and Houston.
"It's like a dream come true," said Cleveland's new majority owner Nick Mileti, who put down $100,00 in earnest money before leaving the NBA meeting in California.
Over the next two years he would pay the NBA a total of $3.7 million for the team.
In that first year, Mileti was hoping to bring in an average of 4,000 people a game.
But he had to work quickly. It was just six weeks until the NBA draft. And the team didn't have a name. It didn't have a coach.
Download PDF pages of The Plain Dealer's front page story announcing Cleveland's new pro basketball team.ClevelandJoinsNBA7Feb1970Page1.pdf
Below is a photo slide show of the Cavs in the 1970s.
See all the photos in the Cavs are born gallery.
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