Last night, Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors for the franchises first ever title. And that wasn’t even the biggest part of the night. They came back from down 3-1, which no team had ever done in the finals. Not only that, this is the first title for Cleveland in about 52 years.
Lebron finished with a triple-double, as well as a crucial block that led to Kyrie Irving’s game winning 3 point shot. This win by the Cavaliers meant more as the Browns and Indians have let Cleveland down per say. It took their native son their best draft pick in franchise history, and 13 years to win this. Lebron grew up 30 miles down the road in Akron, Ohio. The fans of Cleveland can forget The Shot, The Drive, and The Fumble, because thanks to their prodigal son, The Land has The Comeback.
While Lebron is still below .500 in the finals, he improved the record with a win this year. Lebron’s reason to return was to bring a title home to Cleveland. Lebron ended the series with back-to-back 41 point games. And thanks to Lebron and the Cavs, teams that fell behind 3-1 in the finals are 1-32.
A win by the Warriors would’ve solidified their place in the discussion for greatest team ever. Instead Lebron solidified his place in the discussion for greatest player ever. Many have said the ’95-’96 Bulls live on as the greatest team in NBA history. Lebron did this against the Warriors who were led by back to back MVP Stephen Curry.
As he posted in his homecoming letter in Sports Illustrated, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”. James and the Cavaliers outworked and outlasted the greatest regular-season team. Each team was fighting for their own history. Now Cleveland fans finally have a good memory to hold onto forever.