CLEVELAND-- Anderson Varejao spent 12 seasons as a Cleveland Cavalier.
So when he steps out onto the court of Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday for Game 3 of the NBA Finals, he will be entering enemy territory.
"It's a little emotional right now and I'm going to have to do a good job to control that," Varejao told reporters on Tuesday.
"We all know my history with Cleveland, what this organization, what this city, what the fans in Cleveland did for me," the Golden State center said. "They are big part of who I became as an NBA player. I'm going to always have a special place for this city, for these fans, in my heart."
After the trade, Varejao penned a heartfelt letter to Cavaliers fans, thanking them for their support after transitioning from Spain to the NBA. But he's not worried about how those same fans will react when they see him wearing royal blue and golden yellow.
"I know I still have a lot of fans in Cleveland. I love this city," Varejao said. "I will respect whatever it is they decide to do. I understand this is the Finals and I understand they want to win as much as I do."
"Now, I'm with the Warriors. This is my team, this is the team I'm going to fight for and this is the team that I want to win the championship," Varejao said, while wearing a "Strength in Numbers" T-shirt.
The Cavs acquired Channing Frye in the three-team deal that resulted in Varejao joining the Warriors.