View from the top: LeBron, Cavs bask in NBA title glory

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OAKLAND, Calif. — As his last on-court television interview of the night wrapped up, LeBron James walked off the finally silent Oracle Arena floor where he’d put up a triple-double in the clinching Game 7.

He made a long, winding trek through barren concrete tunnels until he reached the Oakland Raiders’ locker room in the neighboring Coliseum, which had been transformed into a makeshift studio for the Cleveland Cavaliers to snap photos holding their newly captured Larry O’Brien Trophy.

There were three portraits James wanted to take, the same as after his other two championships: one with his wife, Savannah, and children (this was his infant daughter Zhuri’s first); one with his lifelong friends Maverick Carter, Rich Paul and Randy Mims; and one with his mother, Gloria.

With each step, champagne squishing in his sneakers from the postgame celebration that was but a teaser for the rager that awaits the Cavs back in Cleveland, the best basketball player in the world verbally replayed the sequences of the most important basketball game of his life.

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