Ray “Jesus Shuttlesworth” Allen has officially retired from the NBA. One of the greatest shooters of all-time. He currently holds the all-time 3 point record and is known for hitting the shot that saved Lebron James second NBA championship. 

I have grown up on Cleveland sports.

My dad taught me at a young age, that when it comes to baseball, basketball, and especially football, the phrase “there’s always next year” is always on the tip of a true fan’s tongue. A Cleveland sports fan is typically disappointed, annoyed, and frustrated all at once. Despite that, though, we are hopeful, and we are faithful.

Tonight, all our hopes and dreams, the years of anger and close calls and crushed potential all came down to Game 7, and a hometown hero. Years of waiting, years of clinging to hope, years of “there’s always next year” finally came down to this year.

We made it. We earned it. We are finally champions.

And hey, even with all the joy and excitement that come with this long denied championship, true Cleveland fans are still saying one thing.

There’s always next year.