LeBron blasts critics on social media after winning title

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James ended his social media blackout by throwing a knockout punch at his critics.

One day after ending Cleveland’s 52-year pro sports championship drought, James, who refrains from Twitter and other message platforms during the postseason, posted a rant on Instagram aimed at those who have doubted him.

He also took a swipe at the Golden State Warriors, who became the first team to blow a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, by wearing a blue T-shirt with “Ultimate Warrior” written on the front when the Cavs returned to Cleveland on Monday to a raucous celebration at Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport.

On his Instagram posting, which included him wearing a hat with Kermit the Frog sipping tea — an internet meme used to denote sarcasm and is paired with the saying, “That’s none of my business” — James unleashed a rant as vicious as one of his dunks.

Accompanied by a photo of him clutching the Larry O’Brien trophy, James wrote:

James won his third NBA title two years after returning to Cleveland from Miami, where he won two championships and went to four straight finals with the Heat.

He was brilliant against the Warriors, averaging 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks to win MVP honors.

Although he is content with the Cavaliers and happy to be home, James is expected to opt out of his contract in the coming days and become a free agent.

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