Winning the N.B.A. Title
LeBron James has been loved and hated by both his home city fans and the country, but James is no stranger to pressure and, for the first time in history, he helped the team bring home their very first N.B.A. Championship title. The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a history of missing the net when it came to their performance during previous N.B.A. finals, but this year was quite different.
In an unprecedented game of wit and skill, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors, 93-89, making sports history and putting Cleveland back on the map. James rejoiced, “I came back for a reason.” “I came back to bring a championship to our city.” With that statement, James delivered the teams first and only championship title.
To put the win into perspective, Cleveland’s last major sports title win was in 1964, when the Browns won the NFL Championship, making this 50 year curse a heavy burden for anyone playing for the Cleveland circuit. But now that the Cavaliers have won a title, many are wondering if this was a one hit wonder, or if the team has what it takes to keep the excitement and momentum alive and bring home another title this upcoming season.
SportsBlog seems to think so, citing that James will be coming back to a core team that offers the same chemistry and focus on winning. In addition, the weight of a 52 year old curse has been broken, giving the players a more relaxed play style offering creative growth and confidence.
Derek Ferreira, of Sports Blog offers his perspective, “With LeBron coming back, the Cavs will be the favorites in the Eastern Conference and a favorite to win the Championships. Cleveland is in that position to create a dynasty like the Spurs. The Cavaliers don’t need to be the top seed in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. What happens? Cleveland can win 50 games and still be a top seed (two or three) in the 2017 NBA Playoffs and still win the East. Barring any free agency or trades in the off season, there isn’t a star that can match up to LeBron. LeBron can go into his seventh straight NBA Finals next season, and the Cavs have to have that chemistry in the postseason, in which Cleveland can repeat as champions.”
Fanside also agrees that the Cavaliers are poised for another successful season as Lebron James returns, stating, “Entering 2016-17, Cleveland is one of three to four teams that have a great shot at winning the 2017 NBA Finals: the Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and maybe the San Antonio Spurs if age isn’t a crippling factor for that veteran team.”
While the league digests the win, Cleveland revels in their win, and as fans begin to anticipate next year’s season, one thing is clear, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a team to be reckoned with and Lebron James has delivered the season of his career.
Now set to “defend” their title, the team can start with a brand new perspective, a reality of the chance to win, a seasoned team of cohesive players, and a city that is full of excitement and support for their home team. Only time will tell if the team can keep up with the high demand and pressure of holding the title as we wait for next season to roll around.