Joe Tait watches from retirement as the Cavaliers defend their NBA Championship

Posted at 6:42 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 18:42:44-04

The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to win back-to-back NBA Championships and Cavs fans everywhere are set to root the team to victory.

That includes the longtime radio “Voice Of The Cavs” host Joe Tait. He’ll just do it from afar. “I want to see them repeat,” Tait said, “but, it’s not my team, it’s certainly not my game anymore. It’s changed a lot.”

Many things have changed, but not the way fans remember Tait. After 39-years of calling Cavs games, he’s retired and enjoying life far from basketball. “I’ve got legs that don’t work very well. I’m also dealing with a touch of cancer which they’re treating. That, and retirement. Retirement may be the most difficult thing I have to deal with," said Tait.

Now 80 years old, Tait says he’s at peace. Recently returning to his love of trains and railroads, he stays busy. And even though he stays far away from basketball, Tait will spend these Finals rooting for the Cavs again.

“Have a good night, everybody.”