Watch: The Cleveland Cavaliers' ring ceremony in four minutes

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The Cleveland Cavaliers had their first ever ring ceremony on Tuesday night as the NBA champions began their title defence with a home encounter against the New York Knicks. 

LeBron James had experienced it before - twice with the Miami Heat - but nothing compared to this. 

Northeast Ohio's favourite son had made good on his promise to end the city of Cleveland's 52-year wait for a title, and last night was the confirmation, if any was needed, that the organisation had, in fact, won a title. 

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It was too much for James, who visually emotional throughout the whole ordeal and shooting guard J.R. Smith was seen with tears in his eyes as the championship banner was raised to the rafters. 

We have condensed the whole ceremony into a video that lasts for just over four minutes. 

Enjoy all the best parts of a fantastic pre-game celebration below. 

The Cavs began their season in fantastic style, seeing off the Knicks while barely breaking a sweat. LeBron still appeared to be in playoff mode as he finished with a brilliant triple-double, but it was not James at full tilt. 

The aim is for the team to repeat this season - but there is no pressure. It's clear to see a weight has been lifted off James' shoulders since that night at the Oracle Arena, and that can only be good for the Cavs.

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The four-time MVP has proved himself and can enjoy the upcoming season knowing he is a legend in the game and in his home state, forever.

HERE IS LEBRON'S FULL SPEECH 

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