Alan and I took full advantage of the NBA Finals in Cleveland this week. After I went to Game 3 on Wednesday, I took Alan to the Game 4 Outdoor Watch Party tonight!
Upon arriving downtown we headed straight to the surface lot across from Harry Buffalo, where Larry Nance (Sr.) was scheduled to sign autographs. I had also met Mark Price there on Wednesday (photo below) and I was all for meeting another member of my favorite childhood team — the 1992 Cavaliers. Alan was familiar with the name, as he remembered our prior conversations about Larry Nance Jr. joining the team this year.
To pass the time, Alan shot baskets on a mini hoop with a boy named Hank. While Alan was shooting, amazingly, Larry Nance snuck up behind Alan and blocked his shot, adding “Get that weak stuff out of here!” Alan wasn’t entirely sure what was going on, but I explained to him that was who we came to see!
After the block, we got back in line, got an autograph, and took a photo with Nance shortly after.
Before leaving the table, Alan made a Cavs sign. It featured LeBron making a game winning three pointer in a 103-100 Cavaliers win over the Warriors. 🙂
Next we went back to shooting, since Alan could not get enough of the mini hoop. He made a fair amount of shots, and after a while, we were both pretty good at it actually. It took some persuading, but eventually I convinced Alan to head over to the Gateway Plaza to see the Cavaliers-sponsored Fan Fest.
We took a neat photo from the 4th floor of the Gateway garage before participating in the festivities. Down below, Alan found a new hoop to shoot on, as well as a hockey slap shot game and Cavaliers Jenga game that we enjoyed.
Eventually we made it to the grass in front of the big TV just in time to watch the Cavaliers starting lineup being introduced (which Alan is very familiar with now!).
We watched a little bit of the first quarter action, but Alan wanted to head back to the mini hoop we shot on earlier in the evening. On our way back, we ran into LeBron. 🙂
And we took Alan’s annual photo with NBA Finals signage!
Once back at the original hoop, Alan and I shot and shot…and shot. There was also a TV there, so we knew what was going on with the game. We left for home at halftime, but Alan probably could’ve stayed there all night!