By Kendrick Jackson, Contributing Writer
The 2010 offseason was a controversial time for LeBron James. “The King” announced his departure from the only team he knew over his first seven years in the NBA, not to mention that he was leaving to play with his rival.
An uproar commenced throughout the city of Cleveland the day James announced his decision to “take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.” Fans stormed the streets and burned his jerseys while posting videos online of the evidence. The once beloved savior was now Cleveland’s most hated.
However, love was found on July 11, 2014. In a heartfelt essay penned by James himself, LeBron disclosed his desire to return to the Cavaliers, and “bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.” The loyal fans of Cleveland rejoiced, and welcomed James back with open arms.
The following season, LeBron led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, only to be halted by the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, several key players for the Cavs suffered injuries during the series, and Golden State ended up being too much for Cleveland. Ultimately, the Warriors won the NBA Championship in six games.
Fast forward to this year’s NBA Finals, and LeBron and the Cavs have a chance to redeem themselves. Winning this series will also avenge the defeat they suffered last year, as the Cavs are facing off against the Warriors for the second year straight. Will LeBron James finally fulfill his promise of bringing a title back to Northeast Ohio?
So far, he and the Cavaliers have not disappointed. After being down 3-1, the Cavaliers have won two games straight to force a Game 7. LeBron has been a man among boys. James is averaging 30.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game in this year’s NBA Finals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from welcoming the city’s first major championship in over 50 years. This will also be the team’s first championship and LeBron’s third, as he won two Championship rings during his tenure as a member of the Miami Heat.
However, this will be no easy task. Stephen Curry, the league’s reigning MVP, will look to stop the Cavaliers, and add another Championship to his collection. Curry is averaging 26 points per game, while shooting 43 percent behind the arc this series.
The Golden State Warriors will also look to finish strong after a historic season. The Warriors broke the NBA record for most wins in a season with 73 wins. They have been the favorites to win the title all season, but the Cavaliers will not allow anything to distract their determination of winning a title.
Game 7 of the NBA Finals is shaping up to be one for the ages. The game will be broadcast Sunday, June 19, on ABC.
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