Golden State Warriors’ Brazilian star Anderson Varejao made NBA history as the league finals kicked off on Thursday by featuring for both the Eastern and Western Conference champions this season.
There are eight MLB players, five NFL players and 13 NHL players who played for both teams locking horns for the championship in the same season.
Varejao played 31 games for the Cavs in the regular season before being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers during the February deadline. Four days later the Brazilian signed for the reigning champions Golden State Warriors after the Trail Blazers decided to waive him, as reports the Fox Sports.
Now the 12-year NBA veteran is in a situation to get his first ring, irrespective of which team wins the title. Varejao mostly came off the bench in this postseason. Dan Gilbert, the Cleveland owner will decide whether the Cavs will hand him the piece of jewellery if the Warriors fail to win back-to-back championship. Varejao has played 11 straight seasons for Cleveland, during which he started about half the time. The big-man missed half of his career due to various injuries.
In power forward position, he couldn’t provide the kind of kick required by LeBron James, but has always been a fan favorite at Cleveland. His knowledge about the Cavs’ team and his friendship with Leandro Barbosa earned him an unexpected roster spot in the Golden State Warriors camp.
During Game 1 of the finals, Varejao fouled former teammate Kevin Love after Draymond Green kicked Kyrie Irving. Both Love and LeBron James shouted at the Brazilian saying, “That’s a flop.”
LeBron james to the referee after that offensive foul on Love, taken by Varejao:
"That's a flop. I know him, and that's a flop."
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) June 3, 2016
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