LeBron James, center, holds up the NBA championship trophy alongside his Cavaliers teammates as they arrive in Cleveland. The underdog Cavs beat the Warriors in Oakland on Sunday.
LeBron James, center, holds up the NBA championship trophy alongside his Cavaliers teammates as they arrive in Cleveland. The underdog Cavs beat the Warriors in Oakland on Sunday. John Minchillo The Associated Press
LeBron James, center, holds up the NBA championship trophy alongside his Cavaliers teammates as they arrive in Cleveland. The underdog Cavs beat the Warriors in Oakland on Sunday. John Minchillo The Associated Press
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

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Grit over grace, that’s #Believeland

June 20, 2016 4:44 PM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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