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 still aren’t considered favorites to win the crown though.
The Warriors tip-off their season on Tuesday night as well, at home against the San Antonio Spurs.