Shade or nah?
Analyzing LeBron’s post-championship garb
Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James hopped back to Cleveland, and the outfit may or may not (let’s keep it a buck, he definitely is) be sporting some shade toward the Golden State Warriors. James is seen wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt and a Kermit the Frog sipping tea meme hat (which I want to buy low-key).
Now the question is … is James throwing shade at the Warriors? Let’s examine his attire, shall we?
lmao LeBron a legend for this fit
— Where To Cop (@WhereToCop) June 20, 2016
Now peep the hat.
lebron james wore a kermit tea hat last night after cavs win (via matthew dellavedova snapchat) pic.twitter.com/5ddl8j1ZnG
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) June 20, 2016
The Kermit the Frog hat is arguably the national mascot for tossing shade. For those of you not familiar with its origin, the Kermit meme emerged in 2014. The meme is often used to take a shot at someone or something and then say, “But that’s none of my business.”
James faced a lot of shade in this finals:
High Road. invisible bridge used to step over said person when open floor is available left to right.
— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) June 12, 2016
— Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) June 12, 2016
Is this hat shade?
No doubt. There is no mistaking James’ intentions here — this is the ultimate hater-silencing hat.
Now let’s go to the shirt.
Lebron wearing an “Ultimate WARRIOR” tee. The irony! 😂 pic.twitter.com/Ar7jiuND2z
— VILLA (@RUVILLA) June 20, 2016
Is this shade?
Ultimate Warrior? Warriors? Please don’t make us spell this out for you. This is a layup in the shade shot chart.
LeBron James rocking The Undertaker and The Ultimate Warrior shirts during the Finals was worthy of an MVP alone. pic.twitter.com/ZB6yyCyvgr
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 20, 2016
lebron coming home with the title with an ultimate warrior shirt gotta be the troll of the century pic.twitter.com/NEqkHpfQ2P
— Ahmed/Broke Bobby Axelrod (@big_business_) June 20, 2016
LeBron James returns home with an "Ultimate Warrior" shirt on. I swear this man will be president one day. pic.twitter.com/8TYE1bkCvz
— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) June 20, 2016
I am 99 percent certain that this is shade being thrown at the Warriors and all of his haters. However, with the Warriors actively sneak-dissing James before and during the series, James has every right to wear this outfit to send a message. Especially considering that he and his team backed up the shade they threw over the last year, as our brother Justin Tinsley chronicled earlier in the playoffs.
James proved a lot in his Game 7 win, but he has also proved another important thing.
The best shade is silent, and real Gs move in silence like lasagna.