Watch: LeBron James reminisces about ‘The Decision’
LeBron James’ choice to participate in the ill-conceived “The Decision” arguably is one of the few regrettable moves during his remarkable NBA career.
Widely panned as self-indulgent and nothing more than a heavy-handed circus sideshow, James’ ESPN-aired announcement in 2010 that he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to take his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat was a regrettable made-for-TV moment.
During an installment of James’ eight-part series “More Than An Athlete,” the Los Angeles Lakers superstar reminisces about the ill-fated day of “The Decision,” specifically what was going through his head as the train wreck played out in front of a national television audience.
What was going through LeBron James' mind after The Decision, joining the Heat? "F— … the hell just happened?"
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James cites the folly of youth for “The Decision,” which is certainly a fair defense. What’s most interesting is how James now admits how he wanted to be “liked by everybody” and found himself falling into the trap of worrying what others thought and said, including the media, specifically as it was related to the belief that he was “selfish.”
The “More Than An Athlete” series without question provides a fantastic inside look at James, and the fact he revealed in it that he was taken aback by the spectacle of “The Decision” shows that in retrospect, even James recognizes it was a terrible idea.