LeBron James and the rest of the Miami Heat superstars have begun making televised rounds to celebrate and talk about their 2012 NBA Finals victory. This tour includes a major stop on Oprah Winfrey’s television show, Oprah’s Next Chapter.
James, who won his first NBA championship and took home MVP honors, was asked some particularly tough questions by the world famous talk show host.
Some of the most interesting inquiries that Oprah had were on how James personally felt about leaving Cleveland and how this championship impacts his feelings on the fallout—in particularly Dan Gilbert’s seething letter—that came about from the “Decision.”
In that letter, which was infamously written in comic sans font, the Cavaliers owner called James’ defection to South Beach a “cowardly betrayal” and a “shameful display of selfishness.” Considering that James was a free agent and had every right to choose where he signed, Gilbert’s message was a bit over the top.
During the interview, James acknowledged that those words stung:
"It was hurtful because I know how much I put into that organization, and every night I'm out on the floor I tried to give it my all and I tried to bring a championship to that city every single night."
One of the more interesting aspects of Gilbert’s rant is that he “personally guaranteed” that the Cleveland Cavaliers would win a championship before the Miami Heat. Obviously, that prophecy was not fulfilled.
Now that James has finally earned some playoff hardware to add to his regular season MVP collection, it’s become clear he made the right choice to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami rather than stay in Cleveland.