Anderson Varejao: ‘We Have Pretty Good Chance At A Championship’

He’s coming back.

After weeks of rumors, speculation and endless unnamed sources, LeBron James is going back to Cleveland.

“I was at my father’s house when I found out,” Cavaliers forward Anderson Vaejao said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I could not believe it. I was so happy. I was so excited. The first thing I did was tell everybody. I told my dad, my wife. I said, ‘It looks like LeBron’s coming back. I’m so happy for him. I’m so happy for Cleveland. I’m so happy for myself.’ I’m still shocked. I knew he was coming back one day, but I wasn’t sure when. So today when I found out, it’s a great thing for the city of Cleveland and the Cleveland Cavaliers.”

Varejao, who phoned in live from Brazil, is the lone holdover from James’ first stint in Cleveland, which has not made the playoffs since The Decision. Varejao heard rumors that James might return to Cleveland, but he wasn’t sure whether to believe them.

“You never know,” he said. “You never know if it’s true or if it’s not. You never know what’s going on. I’m pretty sure that he wasn’t talking to anybody about anything about what he was going to do. So it was kind of hard to know what was going on but yeah, I was aware of everything and was really hoping that everything was true. Right now, we can all say that it is true because he’s coming back and I’m excited.”

James mentioned Varejao by name in his essay to SI.com. In fact, he called Varejao one of his favorite teammates of all time.

“I respect LeBron a lot,” Varejao said. “I knew he liked me, but I didn’t know he liked me that much. I’m just happy and excited to have LeBron back. Through all those years, I had so many people in my head trying to tell me I should leave Cleveland because Cleveland was done, that I could not win a championship in Cleveland, that it was a rebuilding process, that I should go somewhere else to try to help a team win a championship. I had so many people in my head. I was always telling them that Cleveland was home for me, that I love Cleveland, that I would never ask Cleveland to trade me.”

Smart move.

“I’m in Cleveland now, LeBron’s coming back and everything changed,” Varejao said. “So now people are telling me that I did the right thing. So I’m just happy that I didn’t leave and I’m happy I’m still in Cleveland. I know I had some tough years, I had some injuries, and I was in so many trade rumors and it didn’t happen. I think everything happens for a reason. Maybe that’s why I got hurt. Maybe that’s why Cleveland didn’t trade me. LeBron’s coming back.”

“I’m not saying we’re going to win, but I’m going to tell you that we’re going to have a pretty good chance to win a championship for Cleveland.”

Anderson Varejao

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