LeBron James became public enemy number one in Cleveland after his now infamous ESPN special, “The Decision,” in which he publically announced his choice to take his talents to the Miami Heat. Now, over one year later, he says he understands how the way in which he handled his departure from the Cavaliers upset so many people.
“I can’t say I would change anything – because it would change so much that is leading to the future,” James said in an interview with The Guardian. “But, yeah, there is definitely a better way I could have handled it, as far as the whole TV thing is concerned, and the same goes for the build-up to the announcement. A lot of people were hurt by it – and I definitely apologize to them. At the same time, you should never be afraid to do what you believe in.”
James went on to express that one of the motivating reasons to make his announcement on national television was that proceeds from the special would go to underprivileged kids. “That was my whole motivation,” James told the paper. In his first season teaming up with fellow stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat, the 26-year-old star received a great deal of criticism not only for the way he chose to leave Cleveland, but also for choosing to team-up with two of the biggest stars in the game, rather than attempting to win a championship on his own. The Heat eventually lost to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.