As evidenced by the way he dropped to one knee and absorbed the magnitude of his team’s 97-87 victory over the Boston Celtics, the importance of what happened on Wednesday night was not lost on LeBron James.
After leading -- or helping Dwyane Wade lead -- the Miami Heat to a 4-1 series win over the team deemed
"best in conference” at one point, LeBron decided to right some past wrongs.
When approached for postgame comments by TNT's Craig Sager, the Miami forward was surprisingly humble.
"First of all thanks to the Boston Celtics, coach Rivers, that coaching staff, those players, they make you fight for everything. You can never take a second off. "
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Then, speaking with reporters after the game, LeBron apologized for the way his exit from Cleveland ultimately ended up turning out.
"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."
It takes a big man to admit he was wrong, but it's hard to tell what James is actually apologizing for. It appears as though he's saying he's sorry for leaving the Cavaliers, which is nice, I guess.
But he still doesn't seem to understand that everyone outside of the Cleveland area wasn't annoyed by his decision to come to Miami, but rather the spectacle that he turned the process into.