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Video: Cavs “Rickroll” fans with 80s-themed intro

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Though the introductions appear to start as they have every night prior, the Cleveland Cavaliers Rickrolled fans as DMX’s “X Gon’ Give It To You” gives way to Rick Astley in the most epic of ways, complete with LeBron James, J.R. Smith, and the rest of the Cavaliers donning 80s-era clothing and singing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

The video features the Cavaliers, along with the Cavalier Girls, in front of various Cleveland landmarks—East 4th street, the Edgewater Cleveland sign—singing along with Astley’s 1987 hit. The video is a part of the Cavs’ Hardwood Classic night that features the orange uniforms from 1984 and was a part of several 80’s-themed videos the team’s in-game operations crew played throughout the first quarter.

Those fans in attendance were also treated to an updated edition of “Hard Working Town, Hard Working Team,” the Cavs’ Michael Stanley-created introduction from the same era.