LeBron highly promoted interview with NBA TV and Steve Smith (formerly of the Miami Heat) finally aired last night and among many of the topics that came up, LeBron mentioned that he cannot imagine himself playing for any other team other than the Heat….and then he backtracked a little by throwing that ole “anything can happen though” thing he tends to do when decision season is near.
“At this point, I can’t,” James said. “At this point, I can’t. We don’t know what can happen from now to July, so what I’ve been able to do this whole season to this point is just worry about what’s at hand and that’s winning another championship. And hopefully at the end of this year I can put myself in a position where I can hold that Larry O’Brien Trophy up once again and then I will assess what I have to do with my future after that.”
Aside from that, LeBron also mentioned his story on Dwyane Wade’s words of wisdom after they loss against the Mavs in the 2011 finals.
James also revealed how he started to get past that loss, saying that Heat guard Dwyane Wade — with whom he clashed at times over roles on the team in that first season — urged him to join him in the Bahamas for a getaway.
“We had some great conversations there,” James said. “D-Wade was like, ‘Man, in order for us to be great you have to be the guy.'”
James said he was slightly taken aback by that.
“We’re talking about Wade County here,” James said, referring to what Miami-Dade County starting calling itself in Wade’s honor. “We’re talking about the man who won a championship here, who’s been a six-time All-Star, you want me to take the keys? And he said, ‘Absolutely.'”
With that, James said he left the villain role he played with that season in the Bahamas, came home and went into the gym to get started on the next season. The Heat have won two NBA titles since.
“I don’t play for what people expect for me to do anymore,” James said. “I want to be the greatest of all time and that’s just my mindset.”
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