The last time Cleveland sports fans had the opportunity to embrace a championship, Jim Brown led the Browns to the NFL championship on December 27, 1964. The Celtics -- led by Bill Russell -- won the NBA title that year, defeating Wilt Chamberlain and the San Francisco Warriors. LeBron James' mother, Gloria, was still three years from birth.
Fast-forward 52 years, and LeBron James and the Cavs returned home Monday with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The I-X Center crowd broke into a frenzy as the team emerged from its private plane just before 1 p.m., wearing some trendy outfits.
— ESPN (@espn) June 20, 2016
King James had the best outfit. The Finals MVP wore a blue "Ultimate Warrior" T-shirt and a black hat featuring Kermit the Frog sipping tea (symbolic of all the criticism he has received). What a beautiful troll.
LeBron sporting the Kermit/tea hat + Ultimate Warrior shirt means he gets to be first active player in the HoF right pic.twitter.com/bqmpPgw9l4
— Sam Laird (@samcmlaird) June 20, 2016
LeBron James rocking The Undertaker and The Ultimate Warrior shirts during the Finals was worthy of an MVP alone. pic.twitter.com/ZB6yyCyvgr
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 20, 2016
Kevin Love donned a flashy gold wrestling championship belt over his left-shoulder, Kyrie Irving rocked a vintage denim jacket, and Tristan Thompson sported some championship gear, which every fan in Cleveland has probably already acquired.
J.R. Smith also had a notable outfit, or lack thereof. It must be laundry day.
LeBron just brought the back to THE LAND and OMG JR SMITH LEFT HIS SHIRT IN VEGAS pic.twitter.com/XaNxeVSDaP
— Justin Block (@JBlock49) June 20, 2016
The victory parade will be Wednesday in downtown Cleveland for the Ultimate Warriors ... we mean Cavaliers.