ROMEO Travis may have missed out on a championship when he led Alaska to a runner-up finish in the 2015 PBA Governors Cup, but he felt like a champion standing next to the Larry O’Brien trophy on Sunday.
Travis, the Best Import of the Governor’s Cup last year, posted a photo on his Instagram account posing beside the NBA championship trophy as he celebrated the grand homecoming of high school teammate and childhood friend, 2016 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James.
James and Travis go way back as both are Akron, Ohio natives and teamed up in Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School to win the US national championship in 2003. Travis, however, didn’t make it to the NBA and instead took his talent to Israel, Croatia, Ukraine, Russia, before ending up with Alaska last year.
The 6-foot-7 forward, who last played in France for Le Mans Sarthe Basket, remains close to James, forging a life-long friendship as well with high school buddies Dru Joyce III, Sian Cotton, and William McGee. Travis even told SPIN.ph before that they all hang out regularly and he even works out with the NBA superstar in the offseason.
Their most recent get-together, though, was made all the more special when James delivered on his homecoming promise to bring a championship to Cleveland, after conquering Golden State in seven games during the 2016 NBA Finals.
Travis has shown his support for his friend both on the sidelines and online. And when James took the Larry O’Brien trophy home to Akron, he was also there each step of the way — from joining the parade, the after-party and finally having an intimate dinner with James and the St. Vincent-St. Mary’s ‘Fab 5’ — to celebrate the momentous occasion.