James was named Finals MVP after scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists.
“Congrats to the #CAVS and #CAVSNATION the was a great comeback, history was made tonight!!!!”
At last, they were rewarded Sunday, when James’ free throw basically clinched the championship. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history.
The ’96 Bulls are no longer in the record books with their 72-10, but they hold the distinct privilege of having completed that season with a championship and right about now I’m sure that Draymond Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson would all gladly trade a couple of regular season wins to be celebrating another title right now.
The Cavs head home with the Larry O’Brien Trophy and expect a hero’s welcome when they step off the plane in Cleveland on Monday afternoon.
Many of the Cavaliers, who made a stop in Las Vegas after winning the title in Oakland, California, hung out on top of the staircase so they could capture overhead video of the crowd before descending the steps to the tarmac.
This year, however, James led the Cavs to the championship and became the first team in National Basketball Association history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win the Finals.
“Those emotions came out of me, just understanding what our city has been through over the last 50-plus years since Jim Brown”, James said. “I’ve seen “The Drive” and I’ve seen “The Fumble” and I’ve seen Michael Jordan kill us with The Shot'”. I watched the game downtown, in a room downstairs in Bar Louie. “I tell you what with about two minutes to go I thought I was going to have a heart attack”.
“I’m true to the game”, James said, “and I know what I bring to the table”.
“It’s obviously frustrating fouling out in the fourth quarter of a clinching game and not being out there with my teammates”, Curry said following Game 6.
Now before you totally dismiss this as more of Stephen A.’s usual brand of trolltastic carnival barking, consider that he was the among the first to report LeBron would leave for the Miami Heat AND return to Cleveland. There were good signs for the Cavs: some aggression on the boards and on defense from Kevin Love, and a continuation of Kyrie Irving’s series-long adventure in impressive shotmaking-several mid-rangers skidded off the glass and through the net. Curry was on the hip of J.R. Smith, who was stationed at the foul line. When he lifted the trophy, Cleveland erupted as it did a few hours earlier after the 93-89 victory.
For the first time ever, the Cleveland Cavaliers are National Basketball Association champs.
This is the first major sports championship that a Cleveland team has won since 1964. I can identify so much with the pressure he’s faced his whole career. “I haven’t slept. I feel like I’ve been walking on air for 20 hours”.