There hasn't been much for Cleveland Cavaliers fans to cheer about since LeBron James left nearly four years ago. And when the Cavaliers finally did have a shining moment Sunday night, it was James who actually told Kyrie Irving to hold his NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award trophy up high to allow himself and Cleveland to bask in the glow of it all.

"I just wanted him to have his moment and the moment is holding the trophy above your head," James said. "There are few moments in our year where you do that. Winning a championship. It's winning the MVP. The other championship is winning the MVP of the All-Star Game. And he seemed like he didn't exactly know what to do, and I just wanted to try to give him a tip."

Irving earned MVP honors after scoring an East-high 31 points and dishing a game-high 14 assists during a 163-155 victory over the West on Sunday night. The second-time All-Star joined James, who won it in 2006 and 2008, as the only Cavaliers to win the award. Irving also had 15 points and four assists in the fourth quarter to spark the East's come-from-behind victory.
"There were so many different MVPs out there on the floor, and to be named MVP amongst those great stars is truly an honor," Irving said. "It's a blessing and I'm glad to bring it back to Cleveland."

While it's now Irving's show, James was definitely the heart and soul of the Cavaliers from 2003-10.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft is an Akron, Ohio native who led the Cavaliers to a 2007 Eastern Conference Finals championship and won two NBA MVP awards. But after James opted to sign with Miami in free agency in 2010, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert said via e-mail to the fans that James would never win a title. The Cavs fans burned James' jersey, cursed him and threw stones at his Nike billboard. James got the last laugh, winning two titles and playing in the NBA Finals three times since going to the Heat.