Congrats! Anderson Varejao Is An NBA Champion At Last

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Congrats! Anderson Varejao Is An NBA Champion At Last

 

After being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who ended up becoming NBA Champions later that season, Varejao was immediately waived by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2015-2016 season. He then joined the 73-win Warriors, who ended up losing to Varejao’s former team. The Brazilian big man would have been eligible to name himself NBA Champion, because he did play for the Cavs in their Championship winning season, but Varejao declined a ring offer early. It didn’t feel right to him. Even after 11 years with the Cavs, he did play against them in the Finals and lost. This past season was a different story, the Golden State Warriors won the title but they cut Varejao from the team in February.

The Warriors did offer Varejao a ring though. He has accepted that ring via Facebook yesterday, and now is eligible to call himself an NBA champion.

My Portuguese is a bit rusty, but that is what he said:

 

“I’m here to share with you something that happened two weeks ago. I got a call from Golden State and they told me that there was a vote between the players and the coaching staff, and they decided that it would be well deserved that I receive the a ring for the time I spent with them. This recognition, their affection, makes me proud and honored. I will accept this ring, which represents much more than a title to me. It represents our history together, every moment I spent with them. I would like to thank everyone, the franchise, the players, the coaches, the fans, and all those who accompanied me on a daily basis, through affection and positive thoughts. A good season to all of the Warriors and thanks!”

‘Tô aqui para compartilhar com vocês uma coisa que aconteceu há umas duas semanas. Eu recebi uma ligação do Golden State e me disseram que havia sido feita uma votação entre jogadores e comissão técnica, e decidiram que seria merecido que eu recebesse o anel de campeão, pelo tempo que passei com eles. Esse reconhecimento, esse carinho deles, me deixa orgulhoso e honrado. Vou aceitar esse anel, que representa muito mais do que um título para mim, representa a nossa história juntos, todos os momentos que passei com eles. Gostaria de agradecer a todos, franquia, jogadores, técnicos, aos fãs, e a todos que me acompanham no dia a dia, pelo carinho e pelos pensamentos positivos. Uma boa temporada a todos dos Warriors e muito obrigado!NBA NBA Brasil Golden State Warriors #BayArea #gratidão

Posted by Anderson Varejão on Freitag, 6. Oktober 2017

 

Congrats Andy, you deserve it!

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