James, Cavaliers celebrate NBA title with Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, stands in the back of a Rolls Royce as it makes it way through the crowd lining the parade route in downtown Cleveland, Wedensday, June 22, 2016, celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA Championship. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland sports fans celebrated today, and they also breathed a sigh of relief.
Hundreds of thousands lined downtown streets to celebrate the city’s first professional championship team since the 1964 Browns. The Cavaliers were honored with a parade after taking a seven-game series with Golden State. However, Sunday’s series win over the Warriors became old news once LeBron James announced that he will stay with the Cavs next year. James also said he would become a free agent next month, but that is only to take advantage of a new NBA TV deal that increase the league’s maximum salary figures.
Fans stood on rooftops and portable toilets or hung out of office building windows to witness Cleveland’s first championship parade in 58 years, when the Indians knocked off the Braves in the World Series.
Former Browns greats Jim Brown and Ernest Byner took part in the parade, along with Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and basketball coach Thad Motta.

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