The Story Behind Every NBA Team’s Name

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Other proposed names for the Cavaliers in 1970 were Jays, Foresters, Towers and Presidents, the latter an allusion to the fact that 7 US presidents were born in Ohio, second only to Virginia. Jerry Tomko, father of MLB pitcher Brett Tomko, suggested Cavaliers because “Cavaliers represent a group of daring fearless men, whose life pact was never surrender, no matter what the odds.”