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Cavs win Game 7 of NBA Finals, and Cleveland title wait is over

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For the first time since ... you know when, Cleveland is the home of a champion.

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The Cavaliers have beaten the Golden State Warriors in seven games.

In between the tears and laughter, and the thoughts of community and family and sharing this with friends, think about how unlikely and silly and tremendous this whole thing really is. The Cavaliers were not supposed to win the lottery in 2014. Kyrie Irving was not supposed to want to re-sign in Cleveland. LeBron James was not supposed to return to Cleveland. It gets cold, you know. Kevin Love was supposed to be traded. Kevin Love was supposed to sign with the Lakers, or the Celtics.

But then go back to your friends. Call your grandparents, and text the buddy in college you were with when LeBron scored 25 points in a row on the Pistons. Wake your daughter up, if she hasn't arisen from your yelling, and let her know what has happened. When you get a minute to recollect yourself, think about the Golden State Warriors. 73 wins. Up 2-0 with home court advantage. The unanimous MVP. Perhaps the best defensive player in the league. A man in Andre Iguodala who had given LeBron James fits.

But then think of the game your dad took you to when Terrell Brandon was taking the league by storm. Think about what Austin Carr must be feeling. Think about Campy Russell, and Mark Price. And remember the trading cards you collected. If that makes you feel good, think about what had to happen. LeBron James had to assert himself as one of the greatest players of all time. Kyrie Irving had to shrug off the doubters and be good enough. Tristan Thompson had to become a player, and a damn good one.

Many things that were not supposed to happen, happened. And the Cavaliers beat one of the greatest teams of all time. They were good in ways most thought they could not be. They are a worthy champion.

For the first time in franchise history, the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions. For the first time since 1964, Cleveland is the home of a champion. Be safe, have fun, and be thankful.