James, Cavs ring in the new sea­son

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD SERIES -

Blink­ing back tears, LeBron James ex­tended his right ring fin­ger, the one sparkling with 400 di­a­monds, and touched the cham­pi­onship ban­ner.

As it rose from a golden, minia­ture Cleve­land sky­line to­ward the ceil­ing, Queen’s “We Are The Cham­pi­ons” filled Quicken Loans Arena and Cavs fans sang along.

This type of thing hadn’t hap­pened in Cleve­land, where sports heart­break was passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion like a fam­ily heirloom. But those days are over.

The Cavs flipped that tired sports script, storm­ing back from a 3-1 deficit to shock the 73-win War­riors and give Cleve­land its first ti­tle since 1964, when the Browns won the NFL ti­tle.

They re­ceived their rings Tues­day night in a cer­e­mony be­fore open­ing the sea­son with a 117-88 vic­tory against the Knicks.

James, the kid from Akron who de­liv­ered on his prom­ise to win a ti­tle for Cleve­land, told the crowd: “This is for you guys. This is all for you.”

He then went out and com­piled his 43rd ca­reer triple-dou­ble with 19 points, 11 re­bounds and 14 as­sists. Kyrie Irv­ing added 29 points for the Cava­liers.

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