By: Kiersten Ehr
On June 19th, 2016, history was made and brought to Cleveland, Ohio.
You could say one man was behind it, LeBron James. The “King” of the NBA. If you don’t know who LeBron James is, well you probably haven’t watched any NBA games since 2003 when he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers directly out of high school.
The Gist Of It
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Championship defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Sunday’s Game 7.
What you should take away from this defeat:
- No team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA finals — until Sunday night (Cavs were the underdog in this series)
- Cavaliers first championship in franchise history
- City of Cleveland’s first major sports title since 1964
The “King” At His Best
Who will argue that Game 7 wasn’t LeBron’s biggest game of his career?
LeBron James reminded NBA fans that he’s LeBron and he’s currently trying to catch up to Michael Jordan who had six NBA Championships (Chicago Bulls: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) in his career. LeBron is half way there with three championships.
LeBron was named the Finals MVP after scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, and racking up 11 assists.According to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver the vote was unanimous. LeBron had his moment while he kissed the court, and shed tears of happiness with his fellow teammates.
LeBron Back At Home
Just for a quick recap, LeBron James was drafted with the 1st overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. James stayed in his hometown with the Cavs until 2010 when he decided to sign with Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat organization. In 2010 LeBron faced criticism for leaving the Cavaliers and his hometown of Cleveland. While playing for the Miami Heat he won two NBA Championships back-to-back (2012, 2013).
Cavaliers Came Back For Revenge
- A year ago the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors were in the same place fighting for the NBA Championship
- The Warriors had their first title since 1975 as they won in six games (4–2) in the 2015 Finals over the Cavs (Warriors’ first title in 40 years and their fourth in franchise history)
- Cavaliers defeated the Warriors in the 2016 Finals despite the fact that Golden State set the record for the most wins in a regular season with a 73-9 record
Scores From 2016 NBA Finals
- Game 1 – Warriors 104-89 Cavs
- Game 2- Warriors 110-77 Cavs
- Game 3- Cavs 120-90 Warriors
- Game 4- Warriors 108- 97 Cavs
- Game 5- Cavs 112-97 Warriors
- Game 6- Cavs 115-101 Warriors
- Game 7- Cavs 93-89 Warriors (Cleveland won 4-3 in series)
LeBron James reported today prior to the Cavs’ championship parade that he has no plans to leave the Cavaliers.
According to cleveland.com, LeBron James said, “I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates. I’ve got no plans to go nowhere at this point.”
The Future For LeBron
- LeBron can become a free agent if he decides to not exercise the one-year, $24 million player’s option in his contract
- James can decide to decline the option on June 29th to get a raise from the Cavs …James can make $30 million next season under a new contract
- Free agents can begin negotiating with teams starting July 1st and can sign July 7th
“This is the happiest time in my life right now,” James said.
Since the NBA Finals are over fans can look forward to the 2016 NBA Draft Thursday, June23 at 7:00 PM CT on ESPN. Let the regular season countdown begin!