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Brown: LeBron bow among my best sports moments

In his quest to bring Cleveland its first championship in 51 years, LeBron James hasn't forgotten about the last guy to pull off that feat.

The Cavaliers star made a grand gesture before Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night by bowing down to Pro Football Hall of Fame running back and former Browns great Jim Brown.

"It was one of my greatest sports moments," Brown told Kevin Jones of "It really was. I'm not a basketball player. I had one of the greatest seats on earth. I had no concept that LeBron even knew I was at the game. And when he made his gesture, it was just a great thing for an old guy."

Said Brown: "I'm 79 years old. One of the great things about age is about the young people behind you and the way they give you respect. It's so important. When a superstar like LeBron in this day and age can take a moment to recognize you; that's about as good as it gets. And what he did on the court -- LeBron is magnificent."

Brown knows firsthand how long Cleveland has waited for glory, with more than half a century drifting by since his 1964 Browns beat the Baltimore Colts 27-0 in the NFL Championship.

The decades since have not been kind to the city, but Brown believes the Cavs, powered by an ultra-confident James, "can really bring a championship" home.

"The load he's carrying now, the expectations we have of him, it brings out the best in him," Brown said of LeBron, predicting beautiful mayhem if the Cavs end up taking down the Warriors: "They'll be running in the streets. They're going to let it all hang out. 1964 is too long ago. Cleveland's got the right scenario. The chosen son has come back home to deliver the championship."

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