Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue’s annual July Fourth party in Mexico, Mo., is getting a little bigger this year.
Lue’s hometown is throwing a celebration for the Cavs’ championship Saturday that includes a motorcade, the Mexico Dixie Gray Band and a children’s choir that will perform.
Fans are being encouraged to line the motorcade route before eventually following behind on foot — down Tyronn Lue Boulevard, of course — and into a park where Lue will address the crowd.
Saturday’s celebration will precede Sunday’s party and fireworks display, which Lue funds every summer by himself for the town of about 12,000.
It is estimated that thousands attend the event every year.
“The community is jam-packed. The hotels are all booked that weekend,” said Stephanie Williams, 43, a childhood friend of Lue’s and a part-time juvenile officer for the city of Mexico who’s also a full-time student studying sociology at Columbia (Mo.) College. “He does right by these kids around here. … He’s such a role model to these children on TV, on the court and off. I like that. I just wish that we had more.”
Lue mentioned his hometown of Mexico often during the Cavs’ playoff run, including twice from the stage in the moments after the Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
“Everybody is so close there,” said Lue’s uncle Kevin Graves. “In the area where we were raised, it wasn’t as fortunate as some of the others there. I think he just enjoys coming back and helping a lot of people he knows could use the help. It comes from his heart.”
Jefferson to play?
Cavs forward Richard Jefferson is not retiring, according to a report on The Vertical. The Cavs forward famously announced his retirement in the Cavs locker room during their championship celebration following Game 7.
Jefferson, however, told the crowd at the championship rally he would play another season and The Vertical has confirmed that. Jefferson played on a one-year deal for the league minimum this season and became a key contributor during the Cavs’ title run.
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