The arrival of Lebron James in 2003 instantly transformed the Cleveland Cavaliers into an organization to be taken seriously. This year, they've taken their status up a notch to elite contender. And the media's drooling all over them. I mean, check out this latest puff piece from SI that slobs all over Cleveland's collective knob.
But anyone older than twenty probably remembers many scenarios where the Cadavers (or Cadavaliers, as they were also called) were the laughingstock of professional sports.
Here's an enlightening look back at the golden Ricky Davis/Darius Miles era.
Pictured: Ricky Buckets and some Cadavers fans
Or who could forget this controversial shaft from Carlos Boozer?
And I can't omit the historically brutal 15-67 squad of 1981-82 'led' by James Buddha Edwards.
Finally, here's Tom Ford, the guy credited with coining Cadavers as a nickname.
Look at it this way: if LBJ leaves for the Knicks in a year, that old, amusing moniker might be back in business.