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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: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:19 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Good! He apologized. Moving on ... (to all the haters)

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:13 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Of course he left.  He carried that team on his back for years, none of the other players showed up in the playoffs, and he got frustrated.

Nobody can win alone. 

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:07 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

LeBron, it is easy for you to apologize now. It is taking "the easy road"... You are not wanted in Cleveland no matter how many sad apologies you make... Taking the "easy road" is easy for you... Since you couldn't do it in Cleveland, you left, ran cowarded to South Beach so that someone else (Wade) could carry the load.. That is NOT the sign of a leader... You are pretty good when you have BETTER players around you... Your "The Decision" only made one thing more clear -- you will never be the best player in NBA history because there is a player on YOUR OWN TEAM who is BETTER than YOU... Oh, by the way, how is Delonte enoying your momma?

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:20 am
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Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:25 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

You are definately underestimating the Dallas Mavericks. You will all see in 8 wins. Trust that.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:28 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

I'm glad that Lebron apologized for "The Decision" while I know his heart was in the right place with the money raised for the Boys & Girls Club, that show ripped the hearts out of fans in a city that idolized him. I'm a Heat fan and while I was jumping for joy at his choice to bring his talents to South Beach, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the fans in Cleveland. This is another step in the maturation of Lebron and I'm happy to see it. By the way has Dan Gilbert apologized for that venom laced letter that he released after The Decision? I hope so because in my opinion it was worse than The Decision, his whole intention was to fan the flame and spread hatred toward Lebron.

Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:29 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

I think ESPN needs to apologize. They are the ones at the end of the day who made all that damn money broadcasting it. They're the ones that took a simple radio broadcast and blew it out to a global sit down. Lebron doesn't need to say sorry for playing out his freedom as a free agent. Cleveland had all the chances in the world to keep the man but they refused to build a successful team around him. I am a die hard Lakers fan and when Kobe said he wanted to go we built the team up and paid him more. Cleveland didnt do that as they were paying bums like Antawn Jamison, Drew Gooden, Wally Szczerbiak, etc. And the coach Mike Brown. Mike Brown sucks! So does the Heat coach but with a team that good you don't need a coach. Those guys know how to perform in the playoffs. I hate the Heat but I will tell you that if they get to the Finals... They are going to win it all and Lebron is going to be able to perform any way he wants in media. Don't worry though. The Black Mamba will be back. For the Celts. Hit the road jack and don'tcha come back no more.. no more... no more.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:13 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

apologized for the way "The Decision" want down


Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:44 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

I wish Chuck Norris would have done the ESPN special for Lebron. Then no one would hate on it...

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:41 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Mister James and his team defeated an aging Celtics team. Congrats! I bet they won't have it so easy against some real competition. So if they don't reach the Finals or lose it will the Decision still be worth it? I think not. 

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