James wears Ultimate Warrior T-shirt on arrival
A BEAMING LeBron James returned home to wild celebrations on Monday when he stepped off the Cleveland Cavaliers' team plane carrying the long-coveted NBA title he promised to deliver for the city's long-suffering fans.
The mere sight of James set off loud cheers from fans who showed up to thank the player for leading Cleveland past the Golden State Warriors in a decisive seventh game of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
The players did not address the crowd but James appeared to take a shot at the Warriors as he disembarked from the plane wearing a blue "Ultimate Warrior" T-shirt.
When the door to the plane opened and players started filing out, British rock band Queen's iconic anthem, We Are The Champions, blared.
The loudest cheer was reserved for James, who carried the Cavs all season and spearheaded the greatest Finals comeback in NBA history as Cleveland became the first team to rally from a 3-1 series deficit and win the title.
They kept Golden State's high-powered offence from finding their groove and a dominant James became the first player in NBA history to lead the Finals in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
It marked the first NBA title for a long-struggling Cavs franchise and the city of Cleveland's first professional sports championship since the 1964 Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.
Traffic was so bad near the airport that many Cavs fans reportedly abandoned their cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic and walked to the hangar.