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LeBron James reveals secret motivation

LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra, Pat Riley

In this May 5, 2013 photo, Miami Heat NBA basketball player LeBron James, left, holds his NBA Most Valuable Player award as he poses with team president Pat Riley, in Miami. Before James makes his next decision, Riley will get a chance to convince him to stay in Miami. Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press late Sunday night, July 6, 2014, that James will meet with the Heat president this week before making a decision about where to play next season. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)


LeBron James revealed during last year’s NBA Finals that he had a secret motivation.

He refused to explain unless the Cavaliers won, and they fell to the Warriors.

Now that Cleveland is on top, LeBron spilled the beans.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

He told me that, actually, when he left Miami and people who he grew to, he thought to, have trusting relationships with – he said, I’m not going to name names, but someone told me that you’re making the biggest mistake of your career. And he said it really hurt him. Basically, he felt taken for granted. Like, Look, I just gave you four years of my prime, and you’re not going to be comfortable with my decision and root me on? You’re going to make me feel bad going out the door?

Everyone – understandably – is going to think LeBron is talking about Pat Riley.

Completely fair to Riley? No. But he hasn’t exactly earned the benefit of the doubt.

Whichever member of the Heat organization said that must be regretting his or her words today.

The smiling faces (with or without hidden agendas) are now in Cleveland.