It might be easy to sum up more than 50 years without a championship as The Curse. But easy ain’t the way of The Land. Hard times. Harder work. ‘Cause in Cleveland nothing is taken for granted, and, with history up for the taking, the Cavaliers seized what had been a long time coming.
Because you’ve been there through the thick and thin—and, man, did things get thin under Ted Stepien. But you’ve known that, since the Miracle of Richfield and all those playoff runs under the Gunds, league glory was written in the stars. Here’s to believing, to being witness to the hardware, and to the celebrations of today silencing the perpetual talk of next year. Pay homage.