As previously noted, The Undertaker made an appearance at the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener and championship ceremony in character. 'Taker met with several Cavs players but LeBron was not one of them. James was wearing an Undertaker shirt prior to Game 5 of the NBA Finals this year, and got media attention for it. Apparently that shirt was what got the appearance from The Deadman in the first place.
However, Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon reported that James arrived to the arena prior to Taker, Michelle McCool and The Ultimate Warrior's family, but claimed he didn't know the WWE crew was there. There was chatter that Taker was waiting outside the Cavs' locker room, but King James never met The Phenom.
Vardon responded to a reader in his report as to why he felt James didn't meet with 'Taker.
I love this question. For a quick review, The Undertaker was stationed outside the locker room at The Q for an uncomfortable hour (give or take) on opening night, apparently to meet James (with cameras and cell phones rolling for the fine folks at WWE to capture the moment and spread the footage around the globe). The reason, besides the huge publicity it would generate for the WWE, was James wore a T-shirt from Homage with The Undertaker's likeness on the front on practice day prior to Game 5 of the Finals.
James arrived at The Q before the wrestler and his posse, and claimed not to know he was out there. But of course the word immediately spread through the locker room that The Undertaker was waiting outside.
Here's a life lesson. If you don't have an appointment, don't already know James personally, aren't a business associate or a small child, the odds of "meeting" James before or after a Cavs game in or near the locker room are not great. I once saw Houston Astros stud second baseman Jose Altuve try to get a meeting with James after a game against the Houston Rockets in Texas. The request came through various team PR officials. Let's just say James had no interest.
Another rule. James is not cool with someone purposefully trying to make money or gain fame through him, away from the court. In other words, no PR stunts that don't benefit James. He wore an Undertaker T-shirt. For him, that's enough."
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