Sometimes, it's still hard to believe that the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title last season.
LeBron James led the Wine and Gold to their first-ever NBA championship and they became the first team in history to do so after trailing 3-1 in the Finals.
The fact that they beat a team in the Golden State Warriors who had won a record-setting 73 games during the regular season was all the more impressive.
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Speaking of the regular season, the Cavs made a major change half way through theirs when they fired coach David Blatt and replaced him with first-time head coach Tyronn Lue.
Cleveland were top of the Eastern Conference at the time of Blatt's firing, but they were hardly firing on all cylinders. It was a risk inserting the relatively inexperienced Lue, but, as the first-ever title shows, a risk well taken.
The franchise insisted on gifting Blatt with a championship ring after playing a part in getting the Cavaliers to the promise land, and LeBron said following the 117-102 preseason win over the Orlando Magic, via Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon, that crediting Blatt with a ring is completely up to the organisation.
“That’s an organisational thing and if that’s what they wanted to do then we’re all for it,” James said. “Who am I to say who can or can’t get a ring?”
James has maintained all along, despite heavy pressure from the media, that he in no way lobbied for Blatt to get fired. The former coach was evidently reluctant to accept the Cavs’ offer of a ring, too, but his replacement and former understudy, Lue, eventually convinced him to take it.
“I had to fight him a little bit,” Lue said. “He didn’t want to do it. But he definitely deserves one. I’m glad he accepted it and I’m glad the organisation is going to get him one.”