Cleveland Cavaliers fans celebrated their champions Tuesday night, as players, coaches, ownership and other team personel were fitted with gleaming rings, and the franchise’s first title banner was raised to the rafters.

The Cavs then went out and spanked the visiting New York Knicks 117-88.

Not a shabby way to begin an NBA title defense.

Per the NEOMG:

“I don’t have a lot to say,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said when he took the microphone. “It takes a lot of people to make this happen. This is for you, the people of Cleveland.”

 

LeBron James echoed those thoughts in another speech that came from the heart. […] “This is for you guys,” James said. “This is all for you. We put a lot of hard work and dedication into the last year. This night, none of us will ever forget.”

 

On Tuesday night, the regular season opener took a backseat. Years from now, I don’t expect to remember the final score, whether the Cavs opened their title defense with a win. I imagine many fans feel the same. But the visions of the night, the ceremony Cleveland waited 52 years to experience, will never be forgotten.

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