Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that LeBron James is the king of subliminal messaging. Whether he’s unfollowing the Cavs’ Twitter account midway through the season or wearing a shirt with “The Undertaker” on it ahead of a do-or-die Game 5 of the NBA Finals, LeBron knows how to grab onto a moment and make it infinitely bigger without saying a single word.
That trend continued when LeBron strolled into a Cavs shootaround on Saturday rocking a hat that featured the popular “Kermit sipping tea” meme, which has been an Internet favorite for a few years now. The image features Kermit the Frog, the face of The Muppets, sipping a cup of tea as he takes on some sort of popular opinion or falsity and turns it on its head. Her are a few examples:
Warriors players have poked and prodded LeBron throughout these 2016 NBA Finals, from Klay Thompson saying that LeBron “got his feelings hurt” by Draymond Green to Klay’s father branding LeBron a “whiner.” Add to that the popular sentiment throughout this season that Steph Curry had surpassed LeBron as the best player in the NBA, and there’s been a lot of negativity surrounding one of the best players ever to set foot on a basketball court.
LeBron’s hat sent a silent message to Steph, his teammates and all the people who had jumped on the dis LeBron bandwagon. After dropping 41 points in two games in a row to bring the Cavs back from the brink of elimination, the 4-time MVP could be imagining the meme his hat could transform into, a meme telling NBA fans all over, “don’t forget about me just yet.” Perhaps something like this:
Game 7 is tonight. Buckle up, folks.