The Cleveland Cavaliers lost a big part of their family on Monday when Fred McLeod, their play-by-play man of 13 seasons, passed away. It's a truly gutting loss for the organization, and one that will be felt for a long, long time. To begin to pay tribute to their beloved broadcaster at this truly difficult stage, the Cavs released a video dedicated to McLeod's memory.
The video is a fitting tribute to the Ohio native and predominantly features the highlight of both his career and the franchise's history: the 2016 NBA title, the city's first major pro sports championship in 52 years.
The tribute also appropriately includes interviews with Cleveland-area sportswriters Joe Vardon and Brian Windhorst describing McLeod's kindness, lovability, and relatability both at the press table and behind the camera.
The image of McLeod breaking into tears as the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors in that fateful NBA Finals series says it all: a great broadcaster succumbing to the emotions brought about by a great victory for his home region of Northeast Ohio.
McLeod, also known for his work with the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Lions, and Oakland Athletics, is survived by his mother, sister, wife, and three children.