The NBA is celebrating the return of its championship banners to its arenas, with fans taking to social media to post their favourite memories of the last two nights of action.
The NBA’s Facebook page posted images of its most shared moments from the 2016 NBA Finals, with its post on Thursday showing fans of both teams looking over the iconic banner.
They included: “Walking away from the game.
Looking back at the game in front of me.
Just walking away.
That’s how it was.”
“Bubbling over in my arms.
So much fun.”
“My eyes are closed.
The ball is rolling, I’m looking over.
And then it goes in.
That was it.
That is what it was for me.”
“I’m so excited to be back in Cleveland again and the city is just so much fun.
It’s a beautiful city.”
The post also included the caption: “So happy to see the Cleveland Cavaliers finally back on the floor after all these years.”
The NBA said in its post that it had been trying to “set the record straight” on the 2016 championship banners, which were used in the NBA finals in 2016, and the Cavaliers were not involved in the first game.
The team said in a statement that it was still “proud of the banner we created for the Cavs to carry throughout the 2016 playoffs”.
“It was a great banner and we are very grateful to the fans for supporting us through this journey.
We look forward to sharing our celebration of the 2017 championship banner with them in Cleveland on Friday night,” the statement said.
“We thank you for your support over the years and look forward for the celebration in the city of Cleveland on March 14.”
“We know the fans have enjoyed seeing our banners on TV, in their home arenas and on social media for years, and we hope you’ll continue to share your memories and memories of our championships.”
The first two games of the NBA Championship Series between the Cleveland and Golden State Warriors took place on Sunday, with the Cavaliers sweeping the Warriors 105-96 to reach the NBA championship.
“The Cleveland Cavaliers are back on national television,” the Warriors said in their post on the celebration.
“Our fans have been great to us throughout our history.
We have been able to celebrate the incredible journey that we have had with them through many of our ups and downs together.
The championship banners are back for the first time since their return from a long hiatus and we couldn’t be more proud of the team for coming back to win this game.”
“Thank you to all of our fans for the incredible support of the Cavaliers during the 2016-17 NBA season.
We are excited to see what fans are going to show us in the Finals this year.”
“With the return to the court and in the stands of the Cleveland arena, we are happy to once again be able to take on the Golden State and Cavaliers in the 2019 NBA Finals,” the team said.
The Cavaliers had their banner back in their arena on Thursday, with Cavs players and coaches wearing it in a ceremony in their locker room.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Warriors forward Draymond Green told reporters after the Warriors’ victory.
“I haven’t been in the same place where I can say it’s been my favourite moment of my career.
I think the best part is it’s a lot of fun.
I’m just happy to be here.”