When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat in free agency, he instantly became the most hated man in basketball.
He left the small market Cavs to die, who just so happened to be his hometown team. He decided to join two borderline franchise players/All-Star’s in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form an unheard of three headed monster. And even worse? They had been planning the coup for months. To cap it all off, he decided to have a prime time television special (with a bunch of local children involved, mind you) to promote his free agent decision.
Any time they hit the road, James and the Heat were booed mercifully during his first season in South Beach. It all lead to the reigning MVP to question his decision.
“My mind the whole year, I was not who… that wasn’t the guy who fell in love with the game of basketball,” LeBron James admitted. “It wasn’t. I could feel it like every single game, I just felt like it was so heavy on me. All the games on the road, being booed, the aura around us was just so bad.”
At one point in the season, we was 9-8. We weren’t playing good basketball. We were out of sync. And me and Dwyane Wade were looking at each other like, ‘Did we make the right choice, man?'”
Make the right choice they did. Now back-to-back NBA Champions, looking for the extremely rare three-peat, James has returned to one of the more beloved NBA talents – a far cry from the villain he had created himself to be just a few short years ago.
H/T Ball Don’t Lie