I’m not going to go into it now because if I’m being honest I’m still processing everything that has happened. I’ve gone through a variety of emotions and I’m not quite sure I’ve landed on one yet and the reality it is will most likely be a combination of multiple emotions when all is said and done. That said the title of this post was chosen very much by design. Believe it Cleveland. LeBron is gone. But also believe that he was here and when he was here he got us our championship. Nothing can ever tarnish that.
Two years ago today, this happened. For years Clevelanders had been dealing with things like The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot. The Decision. Then on that fateful Father’s Day evening, LeBron James and crew did the impossible. They brought a championship back to Cleveland. It still doesn’t seem real and even though we’ve not fared nearly as well against the Warriors the last two years, nothing will ever tarnish that night.
I got to share it with my wife, kids, neighbors and all of Cleveland. It was a special night that will never be undone.
For this Throwback Thursday entry we’re looking back to when LeBron James posed with his newly won Larry O’ Brien Trophy after our very own Cleveland Cavaliers made history and erased a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers start their defense of the title on October 25th at home against the New York Knicks.
There’s been quite a bit of winning going on lately in Cleveland and that trend continued last night at the ESPY Awards. The Cavaliers took home SEVEN awards last night including: Best Team, Best Male Athlete – LeBron James, Best Coach/Manager – Tyronn Lue, Best Championship Performance – LeBron James, Best NBA Player – LeBron James, Best Moment in Sports – Cavaliers winning the NBA Championship and Best Game – Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
It was a long time coming and I don’t know about you, but I could get used to this.
There was quite the uproar recently when it was announced that Sherwin-Williams would be removing the iconic LeBron James / Nike banner that hung at its global headquarters. Well fear no more Cleveland… The King is staying put. In a press release early this morning Sherwin-Williams announced that it will NOT be removing the banner.
“For 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been proud to call Cleveland our home, and we’re committed to doing the right thing for the people of this great city,” said John Morikis, President and CEO, The Sherwin-Williams Company. “For the last year, we’ve been planning to hang a celebratory banner outside our building during the summer months. But what better way to celebrate our 150th year than with a NBA championship. As a long-time supporter of the Cavs, and the entire community, we want the energy and excitement in this city to continue.”
In addition to keeping the banner, Sherwin-Williams is donating $150,000 to the LeBron James Family Foundation.
If you know me at all you know I’m not only a huge Cleveland sports fan but I’m also a life long professional wrestling fan. Triple H (the real life COO of the WWE as well as an on-air performer) just tweeted this photo… and it’s perfect…
He had this to say: “An unprecedented comeback and a long overdue @NBA Championship… THAT is something to celebrate. Congrats @cavs!”
I could go on and on but this morning I don’t have to. The Cleveland Cavaliers did something last night that had never been done. They came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the first NBA title in team history. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.
I got to share it with my wife, kids, neighbors and all of Cleveland. It was a special night. The city is still buzzing this morning.
After a couple of lackluster performances in the first two games of the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers came out firing on all cylinders in Game 3 and gave the Golden State Warriors a good ol fashion beat down. The play of the game (there were several) was an alley oop from Tristan Thompson to LeBron James that he hammered home from WAY above the rim. It was a spectacle to see.
Here it is from the reverse angle:
And one more with a cool shadow:
The series continues on Friday at 9:00 PM when the Cavs host the Warriors once again. Let’s go Cavs!!!!
The Cavaliers completed a first round sweep of the Detroit Pistons last night winning their opening round series 4-0. Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined to average more than 50 points per game in the series. The Cavs now rest waiting for the winner of the Celtics and Hawks series which is knotted at two games a piece.
Do you think the Cavs are ready to make another run to the NBA Finals?
LeBron James led the Cavs to their third consecutive win with an 107-100 victory over the 76ers Monday evening. Along the way he became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 25,000-point mark!
The NBA Finals are over, but that doesn’t mean the Cavs and LeBron James are not in the news. LeBron is expected to once again work out a one-year contract with a player option for the 2016-17 season. Doing so would allow him to again hold the leverage next summer and sign a new deal after the league’s salary cap and maximum salaries rise due to the NBA’s massive new TV contract. He’s expected to wait until the Cavaliers resolve situations with Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Brendan Haywood’s non-guaranteed contract and J.R. Smith before making his new deal official.