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LeBron says he did not enjoy being the villain last season

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NBA basketball player US LeBron James plays with a ball during a Barcelona’s tour on August 21, 2011 in Barcelona. LeBron James is in Barcelona as part of a tour with the clothing brand he wears. AFP PHOTO /JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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LeBron James is on his way to Miami for the opening of training camp in what will be an interesting year for him and the Heat:

What did they learn and how did they grow after last season?

LeBron was candid in an interview with ESPN Tuesday, including saying he did not like being everybody’s bad guy last year (transcription by Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel).

“To be on the other side, they call it the dark side, or the villain, whatever they call it, it was definitely challenging for myself,” he said in an interview with ESPN. “It basically turned me into somebody I wasn’t. Me, personally, I’m not that guy.”

LeBron also agreed that he did not play well enough down the stretch in the finals.

“I didn’t make enough game-changing plays,” he said. “I just know I didn’t play well. I could have played down the stretch better.”

The question is, do the Heat learn and grow from that experience?