After 52 years of pain and strife, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally have an NBA championship. After defeating Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Finals Sunday night, LeBron James’ message to his city was clear: “Cleveland, this is for you."
While James’ third ring may finally belong to Cleveland, the celebration began in the locker room at Oakland’s Oracle Arena and ended with a trip to Las Vegas. And though in recent weeks the Cav’s Kevin Love had been critiqued for his performance—and ragged on by his teammates for his strict, “80-year-old lady”-like diet—the 6’11 power forward set the festivities off with a beer crush for the ages.
Donning a black, “Austin 3:16” t-shirt, Love could be seen smashing two cans together in the air, letting the beer run down his face in a fit of Stone Cold-esque glory.
Still, most of Love’s teammates opted for a slightly more extravagant celebration. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the Cavaliers locker room came stocked with 350 bottles of Moet & Chandon nectar rosé. Encrusted with the team’s logo, the bottles had an estimated retail value of $21,000 in total, and would be sold individually at clubs for $5,000.
At XS Las Vegas, the team celebrated with more champagne, as well as a gold cake modeled after the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
And while LeBron James was unanimously named the evening’s most valuable player, club legend J.R. Smith was the real MVP of the after-party, taking his shirt off and pouring champagne on unsuspecting waitresses.