LeBron James overcome with emotion before receiving championship ring

Photo: Screenshot via NBA on TNT broadcast

Photo: Screenshot via NBA on TNT broadcast

It took LeBron James nine seasons in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform to bring a championship to his beloved home city.

The 2015-16 NBA title was the Cavs’ first in franchise history and the city’s first major pro sports title in 52 years.

On Tuesday, James and the rest of the Cavaliers hung a banner in Quicken Loans Arena and received their championship rings before their season opener against the New York Knicks.

James, who had worn the weight of delivering a title for the city since he became a legend at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, allowed his emotion to seep through as he received his ring.

It’s been a long road for “The King” and even though he won a pair of championships with the Miami Heat, he’s made it clear winning a title in Cleveland was his biggest accomplishment.

On Twitter before the ceremony, James thanked the fans for their support:

James was also referring to the fact that the Cleveland Indians are hosting Game 1 of the World Series across the street at Progressive Field on Tuesday night.

The city that needed to wait half a century to win a sports title is getting to see two of their sports teams play for a championship within four months of each other.

The Cavs look prime to defend their title, especially with James returning with J.R. Smith, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving, who received his ring right before James did:

The Cavs still aren’t considered favorites to win the crown though.

They are expected to meet the Golden State Warriors in the Finals for the third-straight year and fall to Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and their new addition Kevin Durant.

The Warriors tip-off their season on Tuesday night as well, at home against the San Antonio Spurs.

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