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LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:15 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 2:43 am
LeBron James apologizes for the way "The Decision" went down.

Posted by Matt Moore

In his post-game comments following the Heat's 97-87 win over the Celtics to win their series 4-1, LeBron James apologized for the way "The Decision" want down.  James told reporters that he was sorry for how the one-hour special occurred, but felt that teaming up with Bosh and Wade in Miami was necessary to get past the Celtics. As's Ken Berger reports, James told reporters:
"I knew I had to go through Boston at some point. I went through a lot signing to be here and the way it panned out. I apologize for the way it happened, but I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime."
James will continue to receive condemnation over the event, for his attitude, approach, and behavior. But after the game, he spoke candidly to TNT's Craig Sager about how much of a demon the Celtics represented to him:
"First of all thanks to the Boston Celtics, coach Rivers, that coaching staff, those player, they make you fight for everything. You can never take a second off. "
James was tortured by the Celtics, who swooped in after his 2007 Finals run and took over the Eastern Conference. Their own version of the Big 3 raised the bar for rosters, leaving James frustrated with how his Cavaliers team compared. Right or wrong, James felt compelled to raise the talent around to him to a higher level. He did so, and on Tuesday night, that decision, "The Decision" proved to be the right one for his career agenda. 

How he did it was wrong. It was always wrong, and somewhere inside him, James knew that, despite refusing to apologize for it in Cleveland earlier this year. It may seem easy to apologize now that he's made the Conference Finals and gotten past the Celtics, but for someone who has made so many P.R. gaffes over the last year, it's a step in the right direction, this humilty. This is the LeBron James Reclamation Project now. It started with beating the Celitcs in Miami.  It will only truly end with a championship ring.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:17 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

@nomoreshaq....Obviously you are unemployed right now and struggling to live the lifestyle you would like. And your blaming it on LeBron James for leaving your hometown......hmmmm..if you really think about it, your absolutely a moron. Please go cry somewhere else, because I'm tired of idiotic statements from clowns like you who think he left Cleveland to purposely screw you and the whole town over. If you hadn't noticed we have been fighting a countrywide recession, its not only in your town where people like you have lost their jobs, where people have to cut back on some of their luxuries. The economy sucks right now.....  and if a professional athlete decides to take their talents to another city to accomplish one of their goals (win a championship) why are you so ignorant to blame that athlete for their former town now becoming poverty stricken. Get off your ass and go find a job!!

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:09 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

To add to NoMoreShaq:

Dude. The guy gives you seven years and gets you to the Finals with garbage. But it's on him to supply jobs to the city of Cleveland now? No wonder he left that depressing ass city. Instead of thanking him for 7 years the entire city jumped right on the bandwagon of Gilbert and played the bitter divorcee. Yes, he should have left under better circumstances but what does LeBron James owe to anyone but his own? He owed Cleveland nothing.

To whomever said Wade won with a title with an ineffective Shaq: that year clearly was Shaq's truly last effective year. 18.4 pts a game. 9.8 um, yeah. Name someone on Cleveland's roster that did that when LeBron was there.

And lastly, LeBron is not an owner. An owner's job is to build a team around a superstar, not play sycophant to the superstar's whims. That's what Gilbert was doing the entire time. Which means LeBron James does have a share of the blame in what happened with Cleveland. Just like a child does if their parents buy them an air rifle. The kid could put his eye out, you know. Unless he's ready for it.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:06 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

LeDung aint worthy of hating--he is the biggest kind of A-hole in professional sports---apologize when i win.  what a LeDouche.  wonder if he would have cried and posed for the cameras (and if any of you doubt that what was what he is doing then you arent that smart) if they would have lost.  i think his "marketing reps" are already working on the stage background for how he will kiss the trophy if they win it all copmplete with tears.--keep your apologies with the rest of your foolishness--YOU AINT THAT IMPORTANT-- the biggest loser in this series was LeMomma Skank--for now she will have to go the long distance route to see D-West.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:03 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Listen fella.  Cleveland's city woes were not Lebron's fault before he got there, were not his fault while he was there, and are certainly not his fault now that he's gone.  Daniel Gilbert is an even bigger ego-maniac than Lebron and his unprofessional approach only confirmed a decision Lebron made to leave, was the right one.  Was it done in the right manner?  No.  Is Lebron at fault for the collapse of a city's small business and other people's bills?  Heck no.  And if you noticed, last night all the celtics accept Ray allen left the court without shaking hands after the series ended.  Doesn't make them all "classless" just upset losers.  Tone the hate down a notch and be reasonable.  It's basketball, it's one guy, he made a choice that is every bit his right and he did it to win (which wasn't going to happen in that Cleveland place).  Life will go on, Cleveland will hopefully rebound because community leaders INCLUDING Dan Gilbert will figure crap out, or it will continue to stink because people run around blaming an over-priveledged basketball player for all their woes...pathetic.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:57 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

@ nomoreshaq: Bro, he's a ball player. They change teams, they go where the money is, they go where they can happens. Yes it sometimes leaves a bad taste in the fans mouths, and maybe a little heartache. But to say he ruined lives and the economic status of a city is ludacris my man. And if it WERE a true statement, that would speak very poorly of your city.

Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:53 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

To "No more Shaq":
You are a bitter moron. Why don't YOU help the jobless/homeless you CLAIM to have been hurt by LeBron who gave you EVERYTHING HE HAD for years.
You want to blame someone? Blame the OWNER for not giving him SUPPORT when he had a chance. LeBron would have happily stayed there but as you can clearly see, it takes more than ONE superstar to compete and win championships. We wouldn't be having this conversation and Cleveland would have a clear path to the championships.
However I am HAPPY you have such a tight wad owner because we got LeBron as a result.
Now, go get a life or better yet, feed your unemployed.

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:42 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Hey Lebron, when you left Cleveland for Miami (while Cleveland got NOTHING in return) did you know that your selfish decision cost the jobs of too many people to count in Cleveland? Did you know that your selfish ego killed small businesses around  the arena that once used to scream "MVP." You are a classless moron that cares only about himself. You proved that when you refused to shake the hands of the Magic after they toppled you in the playoffs, and your callousness towards a whole city, filled with people trying eek out enough money to pay their daily bills. You want to apologize? Find out, in Cleveland, who was hurt financially, or who is now on the street and make restitution with all the money you're rolling in today. You could've done the right thing and let Cleveland trade for you but gutting a fracnchise, with all the financial repercussions never did cross your egotistical mind, did it?

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:52 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Last year's Cavs could have gotten by this aging worn down injury riddled Celtics team.  By the way LeBron, this was Round 2!  You're toughest test is still ahead.  I guarantee you aren't taking the Bulls down in 5.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:32 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Actually, Dwayne Wade won on his own. The only other "superstar" on that team was a very ineffective Shaq.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:30 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Is this an apology or an advertisement for Vitamin Water? Really hard to tell. Seems like Lebron is just a corporate tool now.

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