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LeBron brings trophy to Cleveland in 'Ultimate Warrior' shirt

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LeBron brings trophy to Cleveland in 'Ultimate Warrior' shirt

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. 

[HAM: LeBron completes Cleveland mission with Hollywood NBA Finals]

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.

DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

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DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins isn't exactly on the best of terms with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. 

The four-time All-Star was hoping to re-sign with the franchise that traded for him back in February 2017, but things didn't work out. There is still some bad blood.

Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Clippers. Apparently, he could have suited up against the Pelicans but opted to remain on the sideline.

[RELATEDDeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important]

"I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

"I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

Cousins is right in that if he made his debut against the Pelicans, the emotions would have been off the charts. He made the right decision to wait two extra days.

At his introductory press conference with the Warriors back in July, the big man implied that New Orleans GM Dell Demps didn't offer him a contract.

"I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night," Cousins declared. "We both know the truth. And I’ll leave it at that."

If you like drama, then mark April 9 on your calendar because that's when Cousins and the Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In April 2012, Steph Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle. The surgeon was Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

In late January 2018, DeMarcus Cousins underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. The surgeon was ...

... Dr. Richard Ferkel, who certainly will be watching when the Warriors big man takes the floor Friday night in Los Angeles.

[RELATED: Cousins’ debut means Warriors will face 10 crucial questions]

He recently spoke with NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh about Cousins' rehab process and acknowledged that keeping the six-time All-Star's weight down has been a top priority.

"The stress they're putting on is a little different than for somebody who is a 6-foot point guard," Dr. Ferkel said. "It probably extends the rehab a bit longer in bigger people than in smaller people.”

Cousins isn't a small person, and at various points throughout his career, he has needed to shed some pounds. At this point, that isn't an issue because he truly looks to be in very solid shape -- not elite-level "game shape," but he definitely passes the eye test right now.

But Warriors fans shouldn't expect a seamless assimilation. It will take Cousins some time to shake off the rust and get fully comfortable. He'll have to adapt to the Warriors' high-octane pace and style.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that even if he’s released, we, as part of DeMarcus’ team, feel this current release (to play) is really the final phase of his rehabilitation," Dr. Ferkel added. "We’re not saying he’s 100 percent like he would be if he was uninjured.

"He’s done everything he can do but be in a game situation with elite players.”

Buckle up and enjoy the ride ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller