Anderson Varejao is guaranteed a ring regardless of which teams wins the NBA title

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The Golden State Warriors clinched a second consecutive NBA Finals berth after completing a terrific comeback against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.

The defending champions were on the brink of elimination after going down 3-1 in the series but fought back to win three straight games, which was capped off by an 88-96 game seven win at the Oracle Arena last night. 

The victory sees them set up a finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers who secured their place by seeing off Toronto on Friday. 

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It is the matchup that many wanted to see, with the top teams in the east and west going head to head and especially after the Warriors defeated a Cavs team missing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love last year. 

But it's fair to say there is one person who is delighted to see this rematch come to fruition more than anybody else; Dubs center Anderson Varejao. 

The Brazilian spent 11 full seasons as a Cavaliers player before being traded in February to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team deal that included the Orlando Magic, who sent Channing Frye to Cleveland.

The Blazers immediately waived the big man and he was picked up by Golden State just days later. As a result, it means the 33-year-old is guaranteed to receive his first NBA ring regardless of who wins. 

Losing in the finals surely isn't the way Varejao would like to pick up his first ring, one would imagine, but if he is eligible to do so, he's well within his rights to accept it. 

The outcome of the finals will be bittersweet for Varejao no matter what the outcome is. If he had his way, he would've ended his career in Ohio where he had a close affinity with the city of Cleveland and its fans. 

If "Wild Thing" - as he was affectionately known by the Cavs faithful - and the Warriors win the championship, he will obviously be overjoyed but will certainly spare a thought for his former employers and fans as he was a part of two finals defeats with them and knows how much they crave a championship.

On the other hand, if the Wine and Gold do win their first title, he will no doubt feel disappointed losing with his current team but will be happy to see his former team finally overcome the hurdle and lift the Larry O'Brien trophy. 

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Varejao is the first player to play for both Finals teams in the same season.

The veteran is a long-time friend of LeBron James and though the four-time MVP was disappointed to see the Brazilian go, he was happy that Varejao landed on a championship-calibre team like the Warriors. 

Once the ball is tipped in game one of the Finals on Thursday, however, all friendships will temporarily go out of the window. 

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