The 36-year-old noted the design element was one of his favorite parts of the ring, which also depicts a rendering of Cleveland's Detroit-Superior Bridge, the city's downtown skyline and the roman numeral LII to reflect the 52-year championship drought. But frankly, this game was mostly about what happened at the beginning. "Back-to-back triple-doubles. I'm fine with that".
Following a video that showed highlights from the epic Game 7 James' huge block, Irving's 3-pointer Silver introduced Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who has spared no expense in building a super team.
Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points to pace NY, and Derrick Rose had 17 in his first game as a Knick.
Cavaliers: F Tristan Thompson was scoreless and had six rebounds in 21 minutes. He was 2-0 when the Miami Heat players were presented with their championship rings.
"Tonight left a bad taste in everybody's mouth", Rose said, saying the team needed to learn to foul tactically. None of us. Anybody in this building, anybody in this community, anybody in this state, anybody that's got ties to Cleveland or northeast Ohio. We can't expect for it to happen just like we didn't expect for it to happen past year.
After collecting their rings and raised their championship banner before the game, the Cavaliers got down to business. "We put the time into it", LeBron James said.
The approximately 6.5-carat rings the owners, players, coaches and front-office members received were encrusted with more than 400 diamonds plus a one-carat diamond that adorns the top of the Larry O'Brien Trophy that appears across the ring face.
"At this point, if you're not from here, live here, play here. then it makes no sense for you to live at this point", James told a sold-out crowd that roared louder with his every word. "Cleveland against the world!"
Outside the arena it was no different than the celebrations going on inside with a huge party starting up in the usually vacant lots around Gateway Plaza, banners denoting the return of the champion Cavs and the World Series starting up directly across the street.
James spoke to reporters earlier on Tuesday and claimed he didn't plan on addressing the crowd. "That's great", James smiled.
Tuesday was a special day in Cleveland. "I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart".
Well, waaay back in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James was spotted training in a very special WWE t-shirt.
Cavs Take Command in the Second HalfCleveland Cavaliers Guard Kyrie Irving doing a field goal attempt over New York Knicks Forward Carmelo Anthony. "So that's one of the last things I'm thinking about", he said.
Felder Down: Rookie Kay Felder is still in the concussion protocol, but Tyronn Lue said he hopes that Felder will be cleared for the Cavs next game Friday night at Toronto.
The King made an appearance towards the end, emerging from the locker room tunnel and entering the arena during gameday, where he delivered the ad's inspiring line. Knicks C Joakim Noah has a long-running feud with Cleveland after he ripped the city in 2010.
"We knock a couple of those down, we might get 140", James said.