Royal send-off: King James given a champion’s parade as he completes his 12th annual China trip
Cleveland Cavaliers lynchpin visits Guangzhou and Beijing on his latest China tour
US basketball superstar LeBron James was given a hero’s send-off as he was treated to a parade through the streets of Guangzhou in his honour to cap his annual trip to China yesterday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star was making his 12th trip to the far east as part of an off-season Nike campaign and was pictured posing surrounded by thousands of fans, who reportedly chanted “MVP” at him as he made his way through the streets on a truck.
Every day is a dream. I’m so blessed that this game of basketball has taken this kid from Akron around the globe. I never take a single moment for granted. To all of my fans in China, thank you. You guys are unbelievable!! My Chinese fans threw me a championship parade and I want to thank them for it again! #StriveForGreatness #IPROMISE #RWTW
A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Sep 14, 2016 at 10:35am PDT
James was a key figure as the Cavaliers overturned a deficit in last year’s NBA Finals to bring a first championship to Cleveland.
James also visited Beijing during the jaunt where he trained with youngsters, took part in a weights session and invited a group of players to Cleveland to attend a Cavs game next season.
James joins a growing list of players who have come to China for various commercial junkets in the close-season including Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.