LeBron James: Ultimate Warrior shirt wasn’t a shot at Golden State
When LeBron James triumphantly stepped off the plane in Ohio after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors, much was made of how he was wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt.
Many believed James’ decision to don said shirt was his way of taking a not-so-subtle shot at the vanquished Warriors. But James recently explained that he ended up wearing his Ultimate Warrior shirt on that day for a much more practical reason.
After having the shirt he was originally wearing get soaked by champagne during the post-championship celebrations during a pit stop in Las Vegas, the Ultimate Warrior shirt was the only one James had on him.
James initially explains that his wife bought him some shirts to celebrate his favorite professional wrestlers from his youth.
“I packed them all throughout the playoffs,” he said, via Business Insider. “And the shirt that I had on to come home in, I wore in Vegas, and my teammates sprayed me with Champagne. It got soaking wet, so I had to throw it in the trash, and the only other shirt I had in my bag was my Ultimate Warrior T-shirt.”
James goes on to say that all his other clothes were in his checked luggage so he didn’t have access to them. Finally, when asked what shirt he would have been wearing had the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in Game 7, James cracked a joke.
“That would have been the T-shirt I’d have had on still,” James said. “Or I could have done the J.R. Smith and not worn a T-shirt.”
Despite a humorous mention of Smith’s celebratory shirtless streak after winning the title notwithstanding, James’ contention that he still would have been wearing the Ultimate Warrior shirt is inaccurate for one simple reasons: Had the Cavaliers lost Game 7, James would have been wearing the shirt he originally was waering because there’s wouldn’t have been any champagne-spraying would in the first place.
And if for some reason James had to wear the Ultimate Warrior shirt? He would have definitely turned it inside-out first at the very least.
[Pro Basketball Talk]