When you win a championship in a major sport and you have any baggage in your past at all, then be prepared to get asked about it again and again. Such is the case with LeBron James, who just recently netted his long awaited first ring after a journey of peaks and valleys that would have turned any sane man into a hermit living in within a mountain range preying on unsuspecting campers.
The baggage is well known and summed up in one word: Cleveland. Not to mention a series of questions that have been nagging at him for two years. Now, however, with the gleam of a championship trophy, those harsh questions don't hold their sting anymore.
Avoiding those questions at the press conference fresh off his defeat of the Oklahoma City Thunder, James tackles them in an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air this Sunday at 8 pm on Oprah's TV channel for a show called ' Oprah's Next Chapter'. He, along with fellow stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, appear to be very forthcoming in their answers.
Though the whole interview is still under wraps, Oprah let loose to FOX Sports Florida a clip of the segment. In the Clip, James responds to a question from Oprah concerning how he felt after Dan Gilbert wrote that infamous letter after James' departure calling him “our former hero” and labeling his leaving as a “cowardly betrayal”.
"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," said James, who didn't win a title with the Cavaliers from 2003-10, losing 4-0 to San Antonio in 2007 in their only Finals appearance. "But, at the same time, I understood that everyone has their opinion. Everybody has a right to say what they want to say and there's nothing I can do about that."
With that one clip, you can almost guarantee that James is going to be more open about the events surrounding his departure from the Cavaliers than ever before, and knowing Oprah, she will needle every corner of emotion out of James surrounding it.
But even if that is the only thing James says about his own controversy, he can hang his hat on one thing; that the following statement from Gilbert's letter wasn't anywhere close to coming into fruition.
"I personally guarantee that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA championship before the self-titled former 'King' wins one. You can take it to the bank."
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