LeBron James recently sat down with Business Insider to do an all-encompassing interview that covers basketball, his business ventures and more.
You can read the full interview between James and Business Insider's editor-in-chief, Alyson Shontell, here.
In the interview, James was asked about the "Ultimate Warrior" T-shirt he wore while getting off the plane in Cleveland after the Cavaliers' NBA Finals' upset of the Golden State Warriors.
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So, why'd James wear it?
He says it's because it was the only shirt left in his bag after the Cavs' NBA championship celebration in Las Vegas.
Shontell: You were wearing an "Ultimate Warrior" shirt when you got off the plane. People loved that — well, or hated it. Be honest: Did you pack that before you won game seven? How'd you wind up wearing that shirt?
James: Well, it's funny because my wife bought [it earlier]. She asked me who my favorite wrestlers of all time were, and I told her Sting, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ultimate Warrior, The Undertaker, and Ric Flair. Those are some of my favorite guys ever from growing up.
So, one day I get home from practice, and there are these T-shirts laying in my bedroom, and my wife purchased them from a store. I packed them all throughout the playoffs. 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.
Shontell: The only one?
James: That was the only one because all our bags were underneath the plane. So the only one I had was the Ultimate Warrior T-shirt that was packed in my travel luggage. And that's what I put on. Everybody thinks it was set up that way, but it really wasn't. It kind of worked out that way.
And, yes, James says he still would have worn the shirt if the Cavs had lost Game 7.
Shontell: But what if you had lost? That shirt would not have been on if you had lost.
James: That would have been the T-shirt I'd have had on still. Or I could have done the J.R. Smith and not worn a T-shirt.
Considering James was also wearing a Kermit "None Of My Business" The Frog meme hat, we're a bit skeptical that his not-so-subtle trolling of the Warriors wasn't more planned.