First of all, Congratulations to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as they're crowned 2016 NBA champions!
Where do I even start? Lebron James played two of the greatest games of his career to help tie the series at 3-3, and after game 6, looked at his team mates and begged for one more.."give me just one more" he said. Well, people...they did! The game was pretty close throughout, with so many lead changes and Draymond Green did a lot to help keep the Warriors in it, finishing with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists, but the overall brilliance of Lebron, with a touch of that killer instinct from Kyrie Irving clearly was too much for golden state to handle. Late in the game, tied at 89-89, two plays that will forever resonate in the minds of any basketball fan: Lebron James' chase down block on Andre Iguodala, and Kyrie's 3 pointer to take the lead. Those last few minutes just summarized what it took from the cavs to defeat golden state, resilient defense and aggressive offense of course, leading to their lifting of the Larry O'Brien trophy which they clearly deserve.
Now to the man of the moment...King James. You don't have to like him to appreciate the greatness he brings to the game. Lebron James is one of the most scrutinized players in the game today, for various reasons, but the Lebron nonsense can definitely end now. This is arguably the most important achievement in his career thus far. He made a promise to the city of Cleveland and the man has kept to his word.
LeBron James’ tears of joy were unstoppable as he held the Larry O’Brien championship trophy at oracle arena. He had just authored one of sports' all-time greatest stories, a fairytale that the city of Cleveland has longed for since 1964
It's not just that LeBron James and the Cavaliers won Cleveland's first team title in 52 years, it's the way it had to happen...James, leading the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to beat the Golden State Warriors, the team that won an NBA-record 73 regular-season games, on the road for the NBA championship. It was the only way.
James sealed his championship run with a triple double, he scored 27 points, collected 11 rebounds, delivered 11 assists, blocked three shots and had two steals – his seventh Finals triple-double – as the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7.
It is the first time a team has won the title after falling behind 3-1 in a Finals series, and it took one of the best performances in Finals history from James to deliver Cleveland its first major pro sports championship since the 1964 Browns.
He was named Finals MVP for the third time in his career, averaging 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks. He led all players on both teams in Points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks! It's crazy! All five categories! In the Finals! No other player in history has done this. In three consecutive must-win games for Cleveland, James had 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in Game 5; 41 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in Game 6, and the triple-double in Game 7.
James capped it off saying "Throughout my 13-year career, I've done nothing but be true to the game, give everything I've got to the game, put my heart, my blood, sweat, tears into the game, and people still want to doubt what I'm capable of doing,” James said. “So that was a little icing on the cake for myself to just let me know that everything I've done, it results in this. They say hard work pays off, and that's what happened tonight"
Just a couple things one should take from this series:
Kyrie Irving, for "The shot" will forever be remembered as a Cleveland Legend.
'96 bulls > '16 Warriors. Period.
Did Stephen Curry deserve unanimous mvp votes this year? Yes, but is he the best player in the league? No.
Lebron James is still the best all round basketball player in the game today!
Lol, and my favorite...you want to win ?don't make Lebron mad. This will sink in when you realize that the series turned around after game 4 and all the controversies that surrounded it, including the fact that Lebron James' mental toughness was questioned.
Needless to say, Lebron James' story is definitely an extraordinary one. Akron-born. Homegrown talent with unrealistic expectations placed on him as a teen. Drafted by the Cavaliers to bring a title to a championship-starved city. Left the city and region devastated when he went to Miami (was the most hated athlete in the world) and still won two titles with the Heat. Returned to the Cavs. Lost to Golden State in the 2015 Finals. Beat Golden State in 2016......That's the heart of a champion.