Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James had an expected reaction to the death of the Cavs longtime radio announcer Joe Tait.
The NBA team announced the death of the legendary broadcaster. He died after a long battle with kidney disease and liver cancer. Tait died at 83.
Tait was the Cavaliers’ radio announcer for 40 years. He joined the team in 1970. Apart from the two-year dispute with the front office, their friendship lasted through the 2011 season.
“The Cleveland Cavaliers mourn the passing of one of our beloved founding fathers and the original, long-time voice of the franchise – Joe Tait,” the team said Wednesday night.
“From the team’s inception in 1970 through the next four decades, the Basketball Hall of Famer informed, entertained and inspired generations of Cavs fans – painting a picture of the game with an unmatched mix of passion, precision and humor.
“A dedicated husband and father – generous with his talent and spirit – Joe received every major sports broadcasting award there is over the course of his career in Northeast Ohio. And like some of the most legendary Cavaliers he chronicled, Joe joined them with his own banner hanging in the rafters of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
“A friend and mentor to many over the years, Joe Tait wasn’t just a member of the Cavaliers family; he was a part of the Cavs story like no one else and his voice and unique, candid perspective reverberates throughout the team’s history. He will be dearly missed.”
LeBron James delivers a message after the death of the Cavs broadcaster
King James was part of the Cavaliers in the 2000s. The four-time NBA champion reacted to Tait’s death on Wednesday night.
“Rest In Paradise my friend! You’ll be extremely missed here!” he wrote on Twitter.
We are sending our thoughts and prayers to the family.
LeBron won one title with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the first title the team has ever won. In 2016, LeBron beat his opponents and put his team on the top of the league. He left again, and joined the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron won a title with the Lakers this past season. He is going after another ring.