Culture of Hoops

Cleveland Cavaliers Party In Las Vegas After Winning NBA Championship

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors on Sunday to win the first NBA title in franchise history. The team came back from a 3-1 deficit, which was the largest deficit to overcome in the NBA Finals to win it all. Despite their historic 73-9 regular season and unfulfilled postseason, the Warriors have the best online NBA sports betting odds of winning the title next year.

Regardless of what next year’s odds are, the Cavaliers weren’t too worried about next season after completing the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history and cementing LeBron James’ place as one of the game’s greatest players.

Even though the Cavaliers were eager to take the Larry O’Brien trophy to Cleveland, the team made a detour in Las Vegas first. The Cavaliers decided to visit Vegas to celebrate their championship, which makes sense because Vegas is only a couple of hours away from Northern California.

According to reports, LeBron James and his teammates arrived in Sin City around 2 A.M. on Monday morning, and partied at the XS Nightclub inside the Encore casino. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, and the rest of the team went to the nightclub and were treated like conquering heroes, which they are after bringing Cleveland its first championship in 52 years.

The players were in the VIP section of the club, where they were treated to a cake designed to look like the Larry O’Brien trophy with waitresses that wore LeBron James jerseys. The Cavs players got to enjoy complimentary food and drinks at the club while celebrating their epic comeback against the Golden State Warriors.

After enjoying a well-deserved championship in Las Vegas, the team boarded a plane to Cleveland a little after the sun came up, and were scheduled to arrive in Cleveland at 12:30 PM. ET.

Whenever the team eventually lands in Cleveland, they will be greeted at the airport by hundreds of thousands of fans, many of whom have waited their entire lifetime to see a championship team in the city. The Cavaliers championship was made even more special because it was LeBron James, the local boy from nearby Akron, who delivered the city’s first basketball championship.

In 2011, most Cleveland residents couldn’t stand James, who they felt abandoned them to team up with superstars in Miami. Owner Dan Gilbert also penned the infamous letter in which he promised the Cavaliers would win a championship before James ever did. Fortunately, the city, the owner, and James, were able to put their differences aside, and the result was the Cavaliers’ first NBA championship.

“Our fans, they ride or die, no matter what’s been going on, no matter the Browns, the Indians, the Cavs and all other sports teams,” James said after winning the NBA Finals MVP. “They continue to support us. And for us to be able to end this — end this drought — our fans deserve it. They deserve it. And it was for them. It’s going to be the biggest party Cleveland has ever seen.”

No matter what happens from here on out, James has solidified his place as one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA. He will also never have to pay for anything in Cleveland as long as he is alive.

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