King James back on his throne
Lebron leads hometown club Cleveland to thrilling finals win over Golden State
LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet. Later, flanked by his three children on Father’s Day, a cigar between his lips and winning net as a necklace, James began to understand the magnitude of his accomplishment for Cleveland after a halfcentury wait.
“I came back for a reason,” he said. “To bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing. I knew that when I came back I had the right ingredients to help this franchise get back to a place that we’ve never been. That’s what it was all about.”
James and his relentless, never-count-themout Cavs pulled off an improbable NBA Finals comeback and Cleveland are in title town again.
James delivered on a vow to his home state and brought the Cavs back from the brink as they became the first team to rally from a 3-1 finals deficit, beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89 to end a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland.
“I’ve never seen a man in my life tell an entire state: ‘Get on my back, I got you. Get on my back and I’m going to carry you. I don’t care if we fail, I’m going to wake up the next morning and I’m going to start working out and prepare for the next year’,” said Cavs ace Richard Jefferson. “He carried us the whole way.” The winner-take-all Game 7 provided a thrilling finale with James as the finals MVP disarming two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and his record-setting Warriors. Playing his sixth straight finals, James almost single-handedly carried the Cavs back into this series and finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as the Cavs gave their city its first major sports winner since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964. An emotional James fell to the floor when this one ended with a second win in a week on Golden State’s imposing home floor, surrounded by his teammates.
While it was unbridled joy for James, the Warriors’ own hero Curry was left devastated.
“I didn’t do enough to help my team win,” said Curry. “It will haunt me for a while. It hurts, man.
“Just proud of every single guy that stepped foot on the floor for our team this year. Hopefully we’ll have many more opportunities to fight for championships and be on this stage because this is what it's all about.”
A year ago at home, the Cavs had to watch Golden State win their first title in 40 years.
This time, it will be Cleveland hosting the victory parade.
“Now we have our own parade,” said Kyrie Irving (pictured left). “And we’ll celebrate it the way it’s supposed to be celebrated in Cleveland.”