The Blueprint: LeBron James, Cleveland's Deliverance, and the Making of the Modern NBA by Jason Lloyd

The Blueprint: LeBron James, Cleveland's Deliverance, and the Making of the Modern NBA by Jason Lloyd

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June 19, 2016: the greatest moment in Cleveland sports history, when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals & broke the Cleveland Curse. It was the triumph fans had been waiting 52 years for, & it wasn’t easy to get there—but thanks to LeBron James, an audacious plan to build a winning team, a couple of maverick GMs, & an incredible community of fans, it happened; and 2016 saw the birth of a new Cavaliers dynasty.

But how did they get there? It was a roller-coaster ride from tragedy to triumph, one that Jason Lloyd, a longtime Northeast Ohio resident turned reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal, got to see firsthand. 

“In 2011, Jason Lloyd told me LeBron was coming back to Cleveland. 2011! That's how deeply ingrained he is with this franchise, this athlete & this story, a modern epic he was hard-wired to tell.”—Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated