Waiting 45 years for a win: Cleveland Cavaliers' longest-running season ticket holder

Larry Weiser bought tickets every year since 1971
Posted at 9:28 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 06:53:32-04

Larry Weiser has waited 45 years for a Cleveland Cavaliers Championship -- and he has 45 years worth of season tickets to prove his unwavering loyalty to the team.

The 69-year-old first bought season tickets for $6 a piece back in 1971, the Cavs' second season.

He was even allowed by Coach Bill Fitch to choose his own seats. Every year since then, Weiser has dutifully sat close to courtside, just behind the NBA play-by-play announcers, watching who he calls "his team" and "his family."

He's seen coaches, players and owners come and go.

"I've seen some pretty bad basketball," he joked, "and venture to say I've seen more home and sometimes away games than anybody else."

But when Cavs became the 2016 NBA Champs Sunday night, Weiser didn't sob like he thought he would. Overcome with emotion, he said just a few tears rolled down his face.

"It seems like 45 years went by very fast last night," Weiser said. "I don't think there will ever be another game like that in this city. Even if they win three more in a row, this one was special."

And just like the Cavs, Weiser celebrated with champagne.