MAPLE HEIGHTS - The championship-clinching Game 7 may have been nearly a week ago, but Cavs fever isn't breaking anytime soon.
Hundreds of fans lined up for hours to meet players J.R. Smith and Dahntay Jones at Forman Mills Clothing Factory Warehouse in Maple Heights.
“I wanted to be the first in line because I love J.R. and I’m a Cavs fan,” said Wanda Campbell, who said she waited more than six hours to be first in line.
The players said they felt the love after a whirlwind week.
“It means a lot to the City of Cleveland, and we played hard and tried to bring a championship back, and they deserve to celebrate like this,” Jones said. “It's definitely amazing. We appreciate all the love and support, and we're just here to give love back.”
Cavs fans brought everything from basketballs to hats to cell phone cases to be signed.
“It's something I always have, and I'll always keep it, so it's something I'll treasure,” said Traci Robinson, who had her cell phone case autographed.
Many also brought shirts to be signed. Some were surprised to see Smith wearing a shirt after he was noticeably shirtless for his arrival back to Cleveland and during the parade. President Barack Obama even called him out on it during a phone call to Head Coach Ty Lue.
“It’s funny to me, I mean whatever I do just seems to catch a lot of buzz, so I just keep being me,” Smith said.
Should Cavs fans can expect more celebrations, like a parade, next year?
“Trying to do a repeat next year and make it bigger,” Smith said.