Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — LeBron James was able to bring an NBA championship to Cleveland Sunday night, ending the city’s 52-year drought without a major sports title.
It wasn’t the first win in the NBA finals for King James, who won two rings with the Miami Heat, but this victory was different as James, 31, brought the title to his hometown and the city he came back to for this very reason.
Dwyane Wade, James’ teammate in Miami during those title years in South Beach, spoke to ABC News Monday about being there to root on his dear friend and former colleague.
James poured his heart out on live TV after the win, yelling to the crowd, “This is for Cleveland,” while crying tears of joy and claiming a finals MVP trophy.
Wade, 34, couldn’t be prouder, adding he’s personally gone to the finals every year since 2006, “to feel what it’s like to get there and be in the finals. I want to visualize myself being there … being a fan of the game, a game 7, that’s what you play all year for. For that moment.”
Wade said James bringing the trophy to his hometown was “phenomenal.”
“To watch two teams put it all out on the line, the energy of the crowd, the atmosphere … [and] being able to watch Lebron, he’s one of my best friends, knowing that he came back from 3-1, it’s never been done,” Wade said about the intense final game of the series.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 20, 2016
The biggest blessing of all, of course, was “to win a championship in Cleveland,” Wade said.
“They hadn’t won a championship in 50-plus years, to bring that first championship to his team, to that city to that organization, was for me a cool moment to be there,” he added.
After the game, Wade let James bask in the glory, adding “it was his moment, it was about him.”
“In the arena, in that moment, I wanted to let him enjoy that,” he said.
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