LeBron James' first Cavs title: A timeline of his second Cleveland stint
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LeBron James' first Cavs title: A timeline of his second Cleveland stint
Monday June 20th, 2016

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After going dark on social media nine weeks ago, in April, LeBron James returned on Monday with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, and a message for his critics.

James posted two items; a video of himself talking to the Cavs’ championship trophy, and a photo of himself in his Kermit-sipping-tea hat, which he’s sported all postseason long, next to the same trophy. He added a note with the photo.

“They said u lost a step, wasn’t explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view,” James wrote, “questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don’t have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won’t work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won’t work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.”

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He added the ‘Put Some Respeck On My Name’ hashtag, quoting rapper Birdman.

In the video, James told the trophy, “Don’t you ever leave me like that again.”

Love you so much!!! #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #RWTW

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LeBron took home Finals MVP, the third of his career, in unanimous fashion. He finished with a triple double, helping the Cavaliers overcome a 3–1 deficit for the first time in Finals history.

– Kenny Ducey

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