King James Brings The Land a Crown picks up the Cleveland Cavaliers’ tale with the 2015 Finals loss to Golden State on their home floor. It chronicles the team’s victorious journey back to that summit to which this generation’s greatest sports icon returned for his storybook ending against a Warriors team that finished with an NBA record 73 wins, and took a 3-1 lead in the Finals.
It’s undoubtedly the greatest “prodigal returns” narrative in sports history. In one swoop LeBron James went from Judas to Galahad, bringing home the golden cup to a hollowed-out industrial city desperate for sports sunshine after decades of acid rain. It erased 52 years and 146 seasons of futility, going back to the city’s halcyon days led by another larger than life legend, Jim Brown.
Cleveland Scene beat reporter Chris Parker was in the locker room and at the games, following the team for two years to capture the feel of their historic title run as it wound from autumn to summer, especially in the rejuvenated hearts of the region’s fans.
King James Brings The Land a features a thorough pastiche of play-by-play vignettes, coach and player quotes, strategic basketball analysis and deeper insight into how the Cavaliers overcame their inconsistency to stage the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.
You’ll read about Love’s one-on-one games with his dad, how Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson brought the team together, hear players talk about building their game, and of course an in-depth examination of Tyronn Lue’s value to the team and the circumstance leading up to David Blatt’s midseason dismissal. This includes a beat-by-beat review of that Game 7 for the ages that’s like hearing it live.
Praise for King James Brings The Land a Crown
"If bringing the Championship to Cleveland was LeBron James' great white then Chris Parker could be Ishmael, firsthand witness to the froth and churn of an epic run. More a chronicle than postmortem, King James Brings the Land a Crown provides readers with keen insight into the Cavaliers' seasonal ups and downs, their on-and-off the court challenges, and their miraculous comeback." - Peter Vecsey, NBA Columnist
"Chris Parker captures the essence of a championship season from the Cavaliers inner sanctum, LeBron's influence, and ability to will an organization to those never achieved heights of victory. King James Brings The Land a Crown is a compelling read." - Michael Reghi, Former Cavaliers TV Play-by-Play Announcer
"Over the last few months, I have read many books about the Cavaliers run to an NBA Title. While many are good, I find Chris' book to be quintessential telling of a story that if wasn't real, would seem conjured out of thin air. Chris' retelling perfectly blends the memory, fact and emotion that led to a magical culmination for a man, a franchise, and a community." - Ken Carmen, Show Host,WKRK-FM, Sports Radio, PNC Bank Cleveland Brown Radio Network
About the Author
Chris Parker has written authoritatively on a dizzying array of subjects as a freelancer for more than two decades and penned well over 3000 articles.
He cut his teeth in feature writing, particularly music, writing for Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, AVClub and NPR. Over the years he’s interviewed Lindsay Buckingham, Ray Davies, the Black Eyed Peas, Elvis Costello, Michael Franti, Doc Watson and one crazy evening spent time with David Bowie, Liv Tyler and Kate Moss.
From there he moved onto longform journalism, writing cover stories for alternative weeklies across that nation, including the Village Voice, LA Weekly, SF Weekly, City Pages, Dallas Observer, San Antonio Current, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Orlando Weekly and Cleveland Scene.
He’s written primarily about policy and science, penning exposés on the online poker shutdown, larcenous for-profit colleges, tax-evading corporations, the hacker collective Anonymous, Medicare fraud, our healthcare system, the real estate bubble, the fracking oil crash and the microbiome, among others.
Two years ago, when LeBron James returned to Cleveland, he decided to jump into sports journalism by following the Cavaliers as a beat reporter. His intensive postgame articles for the Scene frequently run over 3000 words, displaying a rigor and level of analysis typically absent from postgame write-ups in the local dailies or major online publications.
He recalls ESPN’s Zach Lowe and other choice bloggers in his use of video and stills to pull back the curtain on what teams are doing on the floor, demystifying pro teams’ sets for the lay person much as Madden did years ago for football.
There’s a repository of his articles at chrisparker.contently.com
There’s a more curated selection at muckrack.com/chris-parker
All of his Scene article & Cavs coverage is at www.clevescene.com/cleveland/ArticleArchives?author=1393235