‘Coldest Mixtape’: LeBron James Shares a Video Compilation to Reminisce the 2016 Championship Win

Published 06/20/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) return to the locker room after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Cleveland defeated Golden State 112-97. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


Deep down in his heart, Kevin Durant would always regret not bringing a title to the city of Oklahoma. One can’t forget how Kevin Garnett expressed during his HoF speech that it was sad not to win a ring for Minnesota. Similarly, LeBron James would have carried the same remorse if he had not pulled an unbelievable 2016 season with the Cavaliers. 

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The Cavaliers picked this Kid from Akron as their #1 draft in 2003 with the dream of a new era. 18 years later, a proud LeBron has enough reasons to call Cleveland his city and relive the memories from his days as a Cavalier.

LeBron James shared a cherished memory

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (6) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) during media day the day before Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

The L-Train’s journey to pull Cleveland out of the championship drought was far from easy. He had a flying start to his campaign with a ROY award and the team’s veterans accepted him as a budding leader. He even pushed the Cavs into their first-ever NBA Finals appearance in 2007. But each time, he ended with no luck and stood devoid of winning his first ring. 

However, it all changed in 2016 when Bron turned the tables for the city in his second innings with the team. It was such a monumental victory that the 36-YO still seems to watch those highlights in loops. 

Recently, the 4x NBA Champion shared a compilation video from that iconic series. The stitched video had Kyrie Irving pulling ankle breakers, LeBron converting reverse dunks, and making game-winning blocks over Steph Curry & Andre Iguodala. He shared a message with the post and wrote – 

In that series, Bron had scored at an average of 29.7 points, 11.3 rebs, and 8.9 assists to help the Cavs bounce back from a 1-3 pothole.

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Why was the 2016 victory so special for the King?

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First, the 2016 championship win ended the 52-YO Cleveland Curse. Second, it was LeBron’s unfinished task that he had to complete in order to cement his legacy and keep his words. The Akron Hammer moving out of Cleveland after his infamous 2010 decision was a heartbreak. Later, his critics were always of a stand that Bron’s first two titles came only because he had a team of multiple All-Stars in Miami. So it was important for Bron (having Kyrie’s support) to prove everyone wrong and feed his competitive spirit.

If those reasons weren’t enough, King James had to seek his revenge for the NBA Finals loss in 2015. That year, the Cavs had 2-4 even after staying 2-1 ahead of Steph Curry’s Warriors. If that result had repeated in 2016, Bron would’ve had a ring fewer than the Splash brothers, damaging his GOAT contention. 

So what do you think, how would Bron’s resume look without that 2016 victory alongside Kyrie Irving? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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