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The best calls of Fred McLeod’s broadcast career with Cavs

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Longtime Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod has passed away at the age of 67. In celebration of his life and legendary career, below are the best calls of his broadcasting career in no particular order.

Here is McLeod’s call when the Cavs won the title after mounting a 3-1 comeback against the 73-win Golden State Warriors squad in 2016. It ended Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought and brought LeBron James his third title.

Above is McLeod’s voice. Below is his reaction to the team’s championship win.

Up next is McLeod’s explosive commentary on James’ vicious slam against the Portland Trail Blazers. The slam caught everyone by surprise given James’ age. Nobody knew that he could still get up that high and slam it down. McLeod, for his part, chose the perfect words to describe the moment.

McLeod also provided this gem during Kyrie Irving’s early years with the Cavs. Apparently, the legendary sportscaster couldn’t “take it anymore” after Irving’s dagger against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Below is his call of James’ 3-point shot from a Kevin Love full-court heave. The shot was tagged as one of the top plays of the year — and McLeod immediately knew the moment was special.

Finally, see and hear McLeod’s reaction to James’ game-winning shot against the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs.

Rest in peace, Fred.

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