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!”