“When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.”
This was written just a little under eleven months ago, penned in LeBron James‘ now-famous essay stating his intention to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fans across Ohio, those who dealt with four years of misery from watching the post-LeBron Cavs and their valiant, but ill-fated attempts to be good at basketball, rejoiced. Finally, it appeared as though the idea of a Cleveland team winning a title was real. No one knew when the opportunity would come, but with James’ announcement, the fact there was now a legit chance to see a championship was more than enough for a long-suffering sports town.
That opportunity has arrived. The Cavs are back in the NBA Finals, squaring off against the basketball juggernaut that is the Golden State Warriors. In true Cleveland fashion, the team enters as underdogs, fittingly seen by the majority of national pundits as a team without a chance.