LeBron James and the Cavaliers landed in Cleveland Monday, bringing their city its first professional sports championship in 52 years.
As James walked off the plane with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in one arm and the other holding a microphone while screaming for Cavs fans, he was sporting a blue shirt with a very clear message.
The shirt was in honor of former WWE wrestler James Hellwig, better known as The Ultimate Warrior. In big, bold letters, James' chest read "Ultimate Warrior" after burying the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to take home the title.
“I came back for a reason,” James said in his postgame press conference. “I came back to bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing.”
James and the Cavs became the first team in history to come back from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit and win the series. And he was the leading force behind the Cavs pulling off the improbable.
After making team history, James also made individual NBA history in a triumphant way.
With seven games under his belt, James became the first player in NBA history in any playoff series to lead all players from both teams in points (208), rebounds (79), assists (62), steals (18), and blocks (18). James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game for the series.
To pull off the miracle, James became the third player in Finals history to record a triple-double (27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists) in a Game 7, joining Jerry West in 1969 and James Worthy in 1988.
James' historic seven-game run ended with him winning his third unanimous NBA Finals MVP. After seven trips, James is now 3-4 in the NBA Finals for his career.