Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011

LeBron James

LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in dramatic fashion, announcing his move to the Miami Heat during a live ESPN program called The Decision. His subsequent apology for that behavior, almost one year later, was a bit more subdued. On May 11, James for the first time expressed regret for his showy departure, after he and the Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 97-87 in Game 5 to advance to the NBA championship. "I apologize for the way it happened," said James of his decision. "But I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime." The setting of the apology was significant as well; one year earlier, the Cavaliers had been eliminated by the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, in no small part because of James' poor playing.