Five years later, there's still a connection between the two bigs and they will go head-to-head once again Friday night when the Cavs and Raptors play in an Eastern Conference Finals rematch.
Cleveland Cavaliers' reflections on ring night and 'unstoppable' Kyrie Irving: Fedor's five observations
Following the game, Kevin Love wasn't even thinking about basketball. He wanted to get into the locker room and continue the four-month celebration.
He wasn't getting a ring on Tuesday night, one of four players not on last year's roster along with Kay Felder, Chris Andersen and Mike Dunleavy.
On Tuesday night, they gathered inside Quicken Loans Arena, in front of a sellout crowd, for something more than a basketball game against the New York Knicks.
But at one point this summer, as frustration built for Anthony, there was speculation about the two buddies becoming teammates.
DeAndre Liggins, who started the first preseason game at point guard in place of resting Kyrie Irving, claimed the final spot.
Only this one -- complete with the Cavaliers' familiar "C" logo wrapped around a diamond-encrusted Larry O'Brien Trophy to go along with Cleveland skyline and an image of the state of Ohio on the side -- means even more than the others.
It won't be hard to come up with a brand to include with Wade this time. Wade collaborated with dear friend Jayson Pahlmeyer, an iconic Napa Valley winemaker, to create Wade Cellars.
Cavaliers and Warriors to meet in third straight NBA Finals: Chris Fedor's 2016-17 season predictions (video)
The Cavs are the best team in the East. The Warriors are the best team out West. Get ready for another epic Finals.
Oct 24, 2016
Cleveland Browns going winless looks more possible every week and offensive line gets high marks: National Perspective
The Browns continue to fight, try to make outcomes respectable and a few youngsters are starting to show promise. And still look capable of losing every game remaining on their schedule.
Oct 24, 2016
LeBron James' suggestion heard: Blue Bunny Ice Cream to bring truck, give out free treats Tuesday night
According to a release from a PR agency that represents Blue Bunny, the company read James' thoughts about what else could enhance Cleveland's special night and jumped at the chance to join the fun.
It won't be easy. Back-to-back winner Stephen Curry will be in the mix and the idea that being on a loaded team will derail his chances for a three-peat is incredibly flawed.
His jumper isn't the concern. After an extended contract stalemate that kept him away from the team for a bulk of training camp and all but one preseason game, Smith's conditioning remains the primary question.
Lue expects to have the same reaction on Tuesday night when the Cavaliers receive their rings and watch the first championship banner in franchise history get lifted to the rafters.
LeBron James has an idea to make Tuesday night even better for Cleveland: an ice cream truck outside the arena
"I don't know, having an ice cream truck outside of both arenas at the same time as well -- the icing on the cake," James quipped following the Cavaliers' practice Thursday afternoon.