Akron, Ohio’s own LeBron James delivered on his promise in July 2014 to bring a NBA title home when he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers after a four-season run with the Miami Heat. To celebrate, Nike released a video congratulating King James, the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland.
The video — titled “Worth the Wait” — hit YouTube shortly after Cleveland’s win Sunday over the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The one-minute clip shows fans of the Cavaliers in their homes and places of work watching the team celebrate on the court after winning the first NBA title in franchise history.
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James — the 2016 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player — led the Cavaliers to not only the first championship in the team’s history, he ended a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland. The team is also the first in league history to win a title after being down 3-1 in a series.
Nike’s two sponsored athletes on the Cavaliers with signature shoes — James and guard Kyrie Irving — led the team in scoring, dropping 27 and 26 points, respectively. James was 9-of-24 from the field, dishing out 11 assists and grabbing 11 rebounds. Irving hit 10-of-23 shots, including going 2-of-5 from long range.
Nike is releasing the Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 on Tuesday via NIKEiD — which he debuted during Game 4 of the series — featuring a flexible stretch-lined upper, responsive Zoom Air cushioning, and straps on the forefoot, midfoot and ankle.