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'It has not sunk in yet'

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (right) sits in the back of a Rolls Royce with his family at the beginning of a parade in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday. Cheered by a sea of wine-and-gold dressed fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers paraded as NBA champions.


Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James says the feeling of winning a title with Cleveland hasn't sunk in yet.

He said at a victory rally attended by thousands of fans on Wednesday that "for some crazy reason, I feel like I'm gonna wake up and it's going to be Game 4 again" with the Cavs down 2-1 to the Warriors.

James thanked each of his teammates one by one, sharing stories and sentiments.

He raved especially about the other parts of Cleveland's Big Three: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

On Irving, James says, "He's only 24. Oh my goodness! He don't reach his prime for another three years."

He says Love set up his famed block and Irving's 3-pointer at the end of Game 7 with a stop of NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

"To be able to respond like he did in Game 7, that's what real men do. They respond at the most adverse time," James said.

The rally closed with Browns great Jim Brown passing James the Larry O'Brien trophy in a symbolic passing of the torch for the Cleveland sports icon.


Irving says that while fans are raving about his shot, he's raving about a block.

Irving's 3-pointer over Stephen Curry gave Cleveland their go-ahead points against the Warriors at the end of Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Irving says there wouldn't have been a 3-pointer without James making a block for the ages on an Andre Iguodala layup.

"I've been watching the block. There's no shot without the block," Irving said. "I wouldn't trade it for the world."