The Larry O’Brien Trophy has been on a world tour since the Cleveland Cavaliers came back down from 3-1 against the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Finals. It’s been to Toronto with Tristan Thompson, to Australia with Matthew Dellavdova and now it’s been on the Goodyear blimp.
Goodyear took the Cavaliers’ title trophy on a ride over Akron, LeBron James’ hometown and Goodyear’s base, with Cavaliers GM David Griffin securing the trophy on the ride. The ride is especially important because it’s the first time ever a championship trophy has ever ridden on the blimp.
"Celebrating this championship with Northeast Ohio has been amazing, but taking our trophy on the iconic Goodyear Blimp took it to new heights - literally,” Griffin said. “We're thrilled we could take the trophy for a ride in the Goodyear Blimp for the first time ever.”
This is truly a cool moment. The blimp is iconic and a major part of sporting events. For the Cavs to have a chance to partner with Goodyear - and with another Ohio brand nonetheless - is pretty sweet.
Check out the video of the blimp ride below and follow along with the blimp’s journey:
Correction: A previous version of this article indicated that the blimp flew over Cleveland when it in fact flew over Akron.