The Cavaliers’ Game 7 win at Oracle Arena Sunday night proved to be more than just a game, a championship, and even history — Cleveland’s first NBA title meant everything.
Inspired to win Cleveland’s first major pro sports title since 1965, LeBron James had put up one of the greatest games of his entire professional career.
One could say this could be the performance of his life time: Becoming the first player in any playoff series to led his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals, just the 3rd player in NBA Finals history to have a triple-double performance in Game 7, and being named unanimous NBA Finals MVP. His legendary performance was a spectacle itself, but for Cavaliers to become the first team in NBA history to comeback from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit – showed that this was something special, and meant more than just a game.
Game 7’s unbelievable conclusion of the 2016 NBA Finals was more scripted than any Hollywood ending ever imagined in sports, hearing the reaction of LeBron and his team helping Cleveland end their 52-year championship drought was more than just historic. The Kings’ emotional post-game interview with ESPN’s Doris Burke marked one of the greatest moments in not only the NBA, but in the history of sports.
“Cleveland, this one’s for you!” LeBron screamed into the microphone.
The dramatic ending of the NBA Finals reminisced a real-life movie – it was completely surreal to witness.
Whether you’re a Cavaliers fan or not, one has to be happy for the city of Cleveland, and respect an incredible team comradery the team has showed these 2016 NBA Finals. Cleveland validated one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history silencing the doubters since there 3-1 deficit.
This win will also validate LeBron, placing him in the category of top five players of all-time, and now, most of us can agree this will no longer be a debate. LeBron’s third title meant more than just another championship for himself; it was a victory for the Cavs, for the city of Cleveland, and the entire state of Ohio.
Cleveland’s sensational comeback marked a revelation, and a historic legacy that LeBron never will forget.
Good for LeBron.
Good for the Cavs.
Good for Cleveland.