James, Cavs ring in the new season
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.