For the Cleveland Cavaliers, the hard road to an NBA title has ended in celebration, and in their 46-year history, they have finally reached the top of the mountain.
Jim Donovan from Channel 3 Sports joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about how he felt last night when Kyrie Irving hit that 4th quarter shot, and how the raw emotion felt by fans all over Northeast Ohio and beyond has been one of the lasting memories from this championship run.
"When that shot (from Kyrie) went in, it was real," Donovan said. "I felt 'This is actually going to happen.'
The Cavs came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Warriors in the best-of-seven series.
For the full interview with Jimmy Donovan, click here.
After 52 years of frustration, the Cleveland Cavaliers have captured the NBA title and have
University of Akron men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Victory Monday to talk about what the win meant for Northeast Ohio.
"This win was for the whole area," Dambrot said. "I mean it was for Akron, Cleveland, all the suburbs, and I think when you're from here, you really understand it."
He said he was happy for LeBron on many levels, saying he willed his team to win, despite not having his absolute best game, but his defensive presence and smart play led to a Game 7 win.
For the full interview with Coach Dambrot, click here.
The Cavaliers are playing with a great deal of confidence, and heading into the biggest game of the year on Sunday, that could spell a championship for a city that's been longing for one the last 52 years.
ESPN Basketball Insider Chad Ford joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about LeBron's on-court and off-court leadership down this Finals stretch and how they are playing their best basketball at the right time.
"You're seeing just the perfect balance between scoring the ball and passing the ball," Ford said. "Everyone is better when he is on the floor."
Chad says the Cavs are going to need a triple-double from LeBron if they're going to get that first ever NBA Championship, but it all comes down to them just playing their game.
"If they play the same way Sunday, they did the last two games, they'll beat the Warriors," he said. "It all comes down to LeBron James."
With last night's Game 6 win at the Q, the Cavaliers and Warriors are heading for a Game 7 winner-take-all showdown in Oakland on Sunday.
Spencer Davies from Amico Hoops and Fox Sports Ohio joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about the Cavs' shot at erasing 52 years of coming up short and finally winning it all.
He said Tristan Thompson was strong coming out of the gate and never let up.
"He set the tone early, getting those 50/50 balls, shooting well on his free throws, it really set the tone," Davies said.
Thompson finished with a double-double in both points and rebounds.
As far as Sunday goes, the Cavaliers will have to keep the officials off their minds and just play their game, but they will have to overcome some calls they might deem questionable and keep doing what they do best.
One more game here at the Q tonight, and the question remains: Can the Cavaliers keep their title hopes alive and force a Game 7?
Chris Parker from Cleveland Scene joined the Average Sports Show live from Quicken Loans Arena to break down Game 6 and talk about tonight's matchups.
Aside from the usual suspects LeBron James and Kyrie Irving providing their usual solid play, Chris is looking for Iman Shumpert to provide a spark both offensively and defensively.
The Cavaliers and Warriors are back in action tonight at the Q, and in another elimination game, the Cavaliers are going to have their best effort against the defending NBA Champions.
Josh Weir from the Canton Repository joined Sam Bourquin Thursday afternoon to talk about how the Cavs will try to get Warriors forward Draymond Green out of his game after being suspended for Game 5.
He says a player can't change his mental approach, but he knows Draymond will have to keep his emotions in check.
Weir also said Cavs forward Kevin Love is due for a big performance after a lackluster Game 5.
With Game 5 now in the rear view and Game 6 at the Q coming up tomorrow, the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans are feeling pretty confident about evening the series.
Jeff Schudel from the Morning Journal and News Herald joined Brad in the Average Sports Show to talk about the injury to Warriors big man Andrew Bogut, and how that can impact the Wine and Gold tomorrow night.
Schudel says Bogut's absence will open up driving lanes for LeBron and Kyrie at the Q.
"He's (LeBron) is getting to the foul line more, and I think this is going to shape up good for the boys."
With the influx of people converging on downtown Cleveland with the success of the Lake Erie Monsters and Cleveland Cavaliers, that means the local economy is doing well, right along with the sports teams.
Michael Deemer Vice President of Business Services for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the economic impact generated by the Cavaliers and Monsters.
The Tuslaw Mustangs have a new basketball coach in the fold, and that name is a familiar one in local high school basketball circles.
Lynn Wess will now be the head boys' basketball coach of the Mustangs after previously coaching at Coventry High School. Wess joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his new opportunity and what the Pac-7 is going to be like during the season.
"You're going to see some great high school basketball (in the Pac-7) and the schools and the communites back their kids and their teams, so it'll be a nice 8 team league."
For the full interview with Coach Wess, click here.
With Ohio State, the cliche comes back that the Buckeyes don't rebuild, they just reload, and there is top-level talent at virtually every position including quarterback.
Ben Axelrod, Big 10 Lead Writer for Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the latest on the quarterbacks, including new recruit Tate Martell, Joe Burrow, and Dwayne Haskins, along with incumbent J.T. Barrett.
Axelrod says there's a lot of talent there at that position.
"Urban just stockpiles signal callers and that usually leaves you with a pretty loaded depth chart," he said.
Ben also took a look at Archbishop Hoban running back Todd Sibley decommitting from OSU and flipping to Pittsburgh to play his college ball after his senior season in 2017.
For the full interview with Ben Axelrod, check out this link.
The Cavaliers and Warriors will be heading back to Cleveland and this Game 6 is expected to have an electric atmosphere inside the Q.
Fred McLeod, the Cavs' play-by-play announcer from Fox Sports Ohio joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about the series, how fun it's been, and how the Cavs have responded with their back against the wall.
"This is what you'd hope for, this is what you expect, and tomorrow night should be the most dramatic game we've seen of the series so far," he said.
Fred says he expects LeBron to pick up where he left off in Game 5. Not 41 points per say, but McLeod says his confidence is unshakeable.
For the full interview with Fred McLeod, click right here.
After 41 points apiece from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, last night's 112-97 win over the Golden State Warriors has propelled the Cavaliers into a good realm of self-confidence and mental toughness.
Brad Sellers, WEWS-Channel 5 basketball analyst, Warrensville Heights Mayor, and postgame commentator on the Cavaliers Radio Network joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the game and what the scoring outburst did for Kyrie Irving and his confidence moving forward.
"I think it has to do worlds for him," he said. "Having 41 points in a closeout game of the NBA Finals, it doesn't get much better than that."
Sellers himself was impressed with the Cavs' resolve and how they responded when they were up against the wall.
The golf world is going to be full speed ahead in the month of June with the U.S Open coming to Oakmont this week, and later in Akron, with the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
FSO Golf Host Jimmy Hanlin joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the U.S Open tournament and how the new landscape of the course changes some things for the competitors in the field and who could have an outside shot to win.
"I like Phil (Mickelson), he prepares very hard for these championships, he's got an outside shot," Hanlin said. "Another guy is Patrick Reed, a top-20 golfer in the world, really good with the wedges around the greens and really good putter."
The Cavaliers strong showing in Oakland during Game 5 of the NBA Finals has many fans in Northeast Ohio and beyond very optimistic about their chances as the series shifts back to Cleveland.
Former Cleveland Cavalier coach and NBA Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about last night's game, especially the fantastic play of point guard Kyrie Irving and forward LeBron James.
"I thought they played really well," Lenny said. "I thought Kyrie Irving played outstanding."
The two combined for 82 points in the 112-97 win. Game 6 is back at the Q on Thursday night at 9 p.m. For the full interview with Sammy B and Coach Wilkens click right here.