Thank you so much for everything you have done in the last 12 months. Thank you for the countless millions you have brought back to Northeast Ohio and for having the city of Cleveland talked about daily in countless media outlets. Thank you for making Matthew Dellavedova, Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov household names. Thanks for putting and keeping David Blatt on the hot seat from day one which has helped make him even better. Thanks for letting Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving know that they have to play defense to win in this league. Thank you for the last two months of playoff basketball and especially the circus of the last two weeks. To come home and see Cleveland like this #ALLinCLE and that actually meant everyone was all in! People on the streets slapping five just because of you and the Cavs and every conversation turning into a basketball discussion at some point about last night’s game or the next game to come.
This time is not about the Cleveland woe is me Knee Cap or the Shoulder Injury it’s about a huge thank you from every sports fan from this part of the country to you for coming home and doing exactly what you said you would. You made the Cavs relevant and you cemented your place in history in defeat as well as anybody else could in victory. You took a team of players and did something nobody other than you could do. You brought Cleveland to within 2 games of a championship and did it in the most awe inspiring way imaginable. Your averages of 36 points 13 rebound and 9 assists for the series say a ton about you as a player. The fact Andre Igoudala was named Finals MVP for being able to hold you to those averages in victory for the Warriors says almost as much. This is a time to celebrate what we just saw and relish in the fact this team you are on is the worst version of the Cavs for the foreseeable future and to say the future is bright in Cleveland would be grossly understating what is going to happen in the coming years.
There is no doubt Steph Curry, Steve Kerr and the rest of the Warriors franchise deserve the title and played excellent ball from the end of Game 3 on. They are worth champions. But you said …”I’m the best player in the world.” And man did you prove you are not only the best in the world now but one of the most dominant forces ever.
For the naysayers out there we can point to a 33-3 record that the Cavs had with the entire team after the trades for Mozgov, Smith and Shumpert and take solace in what might have been. But let’s be honest that’s not as good as thinking about what will happen in the years to come. You have come home and in year 1 proven so much, brought this area back to life and have the team set up for great runs in the coming seasons and I’m sure the elusive Cleveland championship will come.
At one point in the past week I saw Urban Meyer, Bill Russell and Jim Brown!!! Are you kidding me! All because of you so thanks again LBJ. Haters are gonna hate but we got your back until the end of time.
Cavs Fans all over the World