King James Brings The Land a Crown picks up the Cleveland Cavaliers’ tale with the 2015 Finals loss to Golden State on their home floor. It chronicles the team’s victorious journey back to that summit to which this generation’s greatest sports icon returned for his storybook ending.
It’s undoubtedly the greatest “prodigal returns” narrative in sports history. In one move James went from Judas to Galahad, bringing home the golden cup to a hollowed-out industrial city desperate for sports sunshine after decades of acid rain. It erased 52 years and 146 seasons of futility, going back to the city’s halcyon days led by another larger than life legend, Jim Brown.
Cleveland Scene beat reporter Chris Parker has followed the team since James’ return. Through play-by-play vignettes, coach and player quotes, and tactical analysis he offers a rich travelogue illuminating how the Cavaliers overcame inconsistency, and solved the Warriors offensive riddle to stage the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.