It took 52 years, but the city of Cleveland has a professional sports championship to celebrate once again thanks to LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
But behind the spotlight on King James and former Duke star Kyrie Irving, there is a pair of former SEC stars that are enjoying a taste of being the NBA champions as well.
Former Alabama guard Mo Williams and former Tennessee guard Jordan McRae each played a contributing role during Cleveland’s championship season, which came to a joyous end on Sunday with a 93-89 Game 7 victory against Golden State.
Each celebrated the championship in their own way on social media well into the night.
— Jordan McRae (@JordyMac52) June 20, 2016
— Fallon S Christopher (@FallonSmithCSN) June 20, 2016
— Mo Williams (@mowilliams) June 20, 2016
McRae played for the Vols from 2010-14, and split his first season in the NBA between the Suns and Cavaliers. The two-time All-SEC team member played three minutes and scored four points in Cleveland’s 120-90 win against the Warriors in Game 3.
Williams, who was the 2002 SEC freshman of the year with the Crimson Tide, enjoyed his first NBA championship after 13 seasons in the league. The 33 year old, once an All-Star for the Cavaliers back in 2008-09, made 14 regular-season starts for Cleveland during the championship run. He played in six of the seven NBA Finals games, including five minutes in Sunday’s game.