Going into their second season in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers held the number one overall pick in the 1971 Draft. With their pick, the Cavs took a high-scoring shooting guard and two-time All-American from Notre Dame by the name of Austin Carr.
Carr immediately became the team’s leading scorer averaging 21.2 points in his rookie season. Known as “AC” by fans and teammates, Austin Carr averaged 20 or more points in the following two seasons, capped off by an All-Star selection in 1974. After the 1979-80 season, his final with the Cavaliers, Carr won the Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his substantial contributions to the city of Cleveland.
He remains the franchise leader in field goals made and attempted while ranking second in points scored. He ranks among the top in free throws made and attempted (4th), steals (4th), and minutes played (4th). The Cavaliers retired his jersey on January 3, 1981.
During the 1999-2000 season, the 30th season in Cavaliers’ history, Austin Carr was selected to the Cavs’ All-Time Starting Five by 32 members of the media in Northeast Ohio.
Today, AC can be found on Fox Sports Ohio to cover each and every one of the Cavaliers games in their 82 game season. Carr remains a fan favorite in the city of Cleveland mostly due to his string of popular catch phrases. His unique style of commentating has prompted the Austin Carr Drinking Game which features idioms such as:
-For a slam dunk: [Cavs Player Here] “throws the hammer down!”
-When an opponent gets his shot blocked: “Get that weak stuff outta here!”
-When an opponent bites on a shot fake: [Cavs Player Here] “got him a bird!”
-When a member of the Cavs splits the defense and drives to the hoop: [Cavs Player Here] “Goes Right Down Euclid!”
When the King left town in his “Decision” last month, the Gospel began searching for a new name. And because AC is such a well-respected citizen of Cleveland – unlike the last guy FanSided honored in our blog title – we thought it would be a unique gesture to honor Mr. Carr for his contributions to the franchise in renaming the Cavaliers’ blog.
After going through a variety of names, we found the perfect fit for a revamped Cavaliers’ website: Right Down Euclid. Not only does it show respect for one of the greatest players our beloved franchise has ever seen, but it says a lot about the loyalty of the great fans of our Cleveland Cavaliers.
As the Cavs look to continue a tradition of excellence in Cleveland, Ohio, the true colors of our fan base will show. With or without LeBron James, this city remains one of the most devoted fan bases in the entire world – we bleed Wine & Gold. And when we begin our trek to downtown Cleveland this season – the 41st in franchise history – Cavalier fans from around the world will march as an army of one Right Down Euclid.
And without further ado, the FanSided network will be taking our talents to RightDownEuclid.com!