LeBron James returned to Cleveland on Monday as he has so many times in his life. But this time was a little different. This time, he brought an NBA championship trophy with him.
The Cavaliers arrived in Cleveland early afternoon after securing the most stunning comeback in NBA Finals history Sunday night with their Game 7 win over the Golden State Warriors. The team then stopped off in Vegas on the way back to do ... you know, whatever it is that multi-millionaire athletes accomplishing their lifelong dreams do in Las Vegas at around 1 a.m.
When they landed, it was quite a sight to see.
LeBron just brought the 🏆 back to THE LAND and OMG JR SMITH LEFT HIS SHIRT IN VEGAS pic.twitter.com/XaNxeVSDaP— Justin Block (@JBlock49) June 20, 2016
OK, let's break this down.
1. LeBron James is wearing an "Ultimate Warrior" shirt (from Homage), which is just straight up trolling Golden State.
The Warriors hit him between the legs, then said he had his feelings hurt, and constantly talked trash even as James led a historic comeback, and now he's wearing an "Ultimate Warrior" shirt. To top it off, he's wearing a hat that features Kermit the Frog sipping tea, from the classic "that's none of my business" meme.
Also, he made a noise like a hound dog when a fire truck engine rolls by.
2. J.R. Smith left his shirt in Las Vegas.
Smith is a changed person. He's grown, he's evolved, he's matured. And yet still, you wonder where that shirt is. Is it on top of a rollercoaster? Is it in the fountains at Bellagio? Is it lying on the floor of a suite that looks like the opening scene from "The Hangover?" Here's the last image we have of J.R. wearing a shirt Sunday night.
The last known photograph of J.R. Smith with a shirt on. pic.twitter.com/Bacqy9mRpg— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 20, 2016
Please, if you've seen J.R.'s shirt, don't touch it, just call the authorities.
3. Kevin Love is rocking a WWE championship belt.
Pro wrestling is all over this Cavs team. James wore an Undertaker shirt to help spark the comeback. Kevin Love wore an Austin 3:16 shirt after Sunday night's win. And now, he has his own belt, after playing great defense on Stephen Curry and grabbing 14 rebounds in their Game 7 win.
By the way, that belt? It's not a replica or a fake. The WWE actually gave the Cavs a belt.
Love actually is kind of a perfect mid-level worker for a wrestling stable. He would squash the jobbers, do the odd run-in to save the leader's title, be the one that gets pinned when the faces make an improbable comeback. Either way, big night for him and he is loving this experience.
4. Kyrie Irving is wearing a denim jacket.
There's nothing crazy about that, I just find it funny.