It took a king to stop the 52-year drought of an NBA championship in Cleveland.
As King James and his band of subjects fought to keep their slight lead in the fourth quarter of Game 7 in Warrior territory on June 19, millions of Cleveland fans filled the downtown streets, hoping, no….praying, the Cavs would prevent defending champions Golden State from repeating their 2015 ass kicking.
It was too good of a story not to go, for sure. So, win or lose, Toledo Blade photo intern Cameron Hart and two fellow Blade interns decided to drive to Cleveland and document the experience, watching the entire game on a television outside of the House of Blues, on Fourth Street.
“As soon as the Cavs won, it just went crazy,” Hart recalled. “There were so many people: people on top of cars, on top of firetrucks. Everyone was high-fiving each other.
“It was a constant state of pure joy. Everyone was so happy. I’ve never been in situation where everyone was getting along. They were there for one reason, one purpose. It was a very positive environment. A peaceful riot.”
Hart, A Penn State photojournalism major, shot the ecstatic crowd with his Nikon 7000. He said he didn’t want to chance taking his Toledo Blade gear, Canon Mark IVs. Fortunately, he and his camera made it back to Toledo safely around 1:30 a.m.
Visuals and Voices of Toledo is aware that Cleveland is not in northwest Ohio, but this special occasion calls for a breakage of the ‘only in northwest Ohio’ coverage rule.
Cleveland rocks, and King James rules!