Kevin Love has appeared like the odd one out in Cleveland for a while now and as their championship frustrations continued to grow, the former Minnesota Timberwolves man looked to be the likely scapegoat.
It was argued that the power forward contributed the least out of the Big Three in Ohio. LeBron James is, well, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving showed in the NBA Finals his ceiling has yet to be touched.
However, when the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to overturn a 3-1 series deficit and defeat the Golden State Warriors in seven games, not only did they win their first ever NBA championship, but Love more than played his part.
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The 27-year-old pulled down 14 important rebounds in game seven to truly compete with Draymond Green on the boards for the first time in the series.
The Wine and Gold didn't just beat anybody for their first ever title either, they beat the reigning NBA champions who had just recorded a record-setting 73-win regular season.
Now, the Cavaliers are in the honeymoon period and, for the time being, all is forgotten.
In fact, it's quite the opposite. The Cleveland front office has suggested they will be looking to retain their championship-winning roster and are hopeful they can go on and retain the Larry O'Brien trophy.
Love is a happier man and after appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night, it showed.
The three-time All-Star has been spotted carrying around the replica WWE Championship belt during the Cavaliers' extensive celebrations, and after King James was spotted wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt stepping off the plane from Oakland - which was viewed as a dig at Golden State - Colbert wanted to know about their fascination with the WWE.
"Well, we kinda had this - I love this by the way, if we can just zoom in on the Cleveland Cavaliers champions 2016," Love said as he showed off the signature plates on the custom-made belt.
"So, we had a big, I mean, we were all really into '90s wrestling and early 2000s wrestling so, you know, the Stone Cold Steve Austins and The Undertakers and all those guys, we started wearing their vintage t-shirts because we knew it [the NBA Finals] was a going to be a wrestling match, we knew it was going to go the distance,” Love said.
While it's probably no coincidence that LeBron wore that Warrior shirt, it's perfectly believable that a bunch of guys in their late 20s and 30s would have loved wrestling's golden age.
Love appeared jovial and very endearing during his appearance on the popular talk show and there must be nothing sweeter than proving your critics wrong and sitting there with the Larry O'Brien trophy for company. And the WWE Championship belt, of course.