After a brief pitstop in Las Vegas to properly celebrate winning the first NBA championship in franchise history and the first title for a Cleveland professional sports team in 52 years, the Cleveland Cavaliers returned home to Northeast Ohio on Monday, with superstar LeBron James bringing the Larry O'Brien Trophy to more than 10,000 already-extremely-excited fans who gathered to greet the team's plane as it landed.
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— ESPN (@espn) June 20, 2016
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) June 20, 2016
When he hopped off the plane, the newly minted three-time NBA Finals MVP decided to scream rather than preach:
That's OK, though. He didn't need to actually say anything. His outfit said it all, very loudly and very clearly:
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 20, 2016
That's right, sports fans. Not only did LeBron bring back the dad hat bearing the Kermit-sipping-tea-meme, which he wore before Game 7 in a subtle shot at the Cavs responding to the Golden State Warriors' trash-talking with a 3-1 lead by ripping off two straight wins behind brilliant performances from James and Kyrie Irving. He also rocked his second WWE-themed T-shirt of the Finals, following up his "we're not dead yet and we're going to bury you"-message-sending Undertaker swag from before Game 5 with a shirt proclaiming him — ahem — the Ultimate Warrior. Get it?
LeBron sporting the Kermit/tea hat + Ultimate Warrior shirt means he gets to be first active player in the HoF right pic.twitter.com/bqmpPgw9l4
— Sam Laird (@samcmlaird) June 20, 2016
This continues a very wrestling-themed celebration for the Cavs, who also saw Kevin Love follow his game-saving defensive stop on Stephen Curry by rocking an Austin 3:16 T-shirt and crushing a couple of beers "Stone Cold"-style after the game:
— 10TV.com (@10TV) June 20, 2016
... and will apparently get a brand-spankin'-new edition of the strap very soon:
Kevin Love is wearing the Stone Cold Smoking Skull Championship belt. The WWE will send the Cavs an updated version. pic.twitter.com/ELYeQaeKXp
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 20, 2016
While LeBron went Ultimate Warrior and Love went Stone Cold, J.R. Smith went ... um ... New To The Company Wrestler Who Doesn't Have Officially Licensed Merch Yet:
— Sports Nation Ohio (@SN_Ohio) June 20, 2016
And yet, still, J.R.'s choice of shirt is better than the ones the Splash Brothers have to wear on Monday.
Steph and Klay are wearing their Penultimate Warrior shirts today.
— Brothers Karamozgov (@ThomasAwful) June 20, 2016
There are definitely going to be some, um, hurt feelings by the Bay today.
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— Where To Cop (@WhereToCop) June 20, 2016
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