Open Letter to Anderson Varejão

Dear Wild Thing,

Today was a tough day for us Cleveland Cavalier fans (and Cleveland fans in general), full of mixed emotions. On one hand, we have faith that our front office is doing all that it can to put our basketball team in the best possible position to make a run at its first ever NBA Championship. On the other hand, we have to say goodbye to one of the most beloved sports figure this town has ever seen.

We know why the trade was made. We understand it’s a business. We looked at the roster and it is impossible to argue that some positions were thin while other positions were overstocked. Something had to happen. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. Even if our wildest dreams come true and we are able to celebrate a championship in June, it won’t have the same impact as it could have, because we will be missing you. 

No one on our roster deserves to hold that trophy up for the city of Cleveland more than you. For the past 12 years, you have been an inspiration to all of us in Northeast Ohio. Your constant hustle, hard work and positive attitude is something to be admired and looked-up to. You represent every good part of the people of Cleveland, and as much as we love you, we felt the same love and appreciation back. In our darkest years you were our beacon of light. You never quit, never slowed down and never backed away from anything or anyone. Even in your injuries, you fought hard to get back out on the court and it was always comforting to see your beaming face on the bench in full support of your fellow Cavaliers in the game. We were proud to be represented by someone like you.  

Nobody can ever replace the Wild Thing. From the crazy wig give-a-ways to the tremendous community outreach you participated in, you were loved by all of us. When ever a teammate was in trouble or mistreated, you were the always the first guy to come to the defense. Just as the team knew you always had their back, so did we as fans. It was always “Don’t mess with us. We got Andy!”

We hope when you look back at your time with us in Cleveland you will have the same fond memories of us as we do of you. You will always have a home and a place in the Northeast Ohio. If the crazy day comes when we do get to have a parade down Euclid Ave, we would be honored by your presence. Even though you don’t wear the colors anymore, you will always be a Cavalier and a Clevelander to us. 

Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us, from the young ballers to the old souls of this tremendous city. Thank you for never giving up. Thank you for being the Wild Thing. 

See you soon.

Love,

Your die-hard Cavaliers fans!