Miami Heat's LeBron James is taking part in a Homecoming Tour with his pals Melo, D-Wade, and CP3. You already knew about that though.
The problem for LeBron is the people who live in the greater community comprising his "home" don't really like him that much anymore. The idea to stage that "Decision" thing that Maverick Carter came up with had a lot to do with it. But you already knew about that too by now.
The always forward thinking Maverick Carter appears to have a plan to solve this issue however, don't worry. On essentially the same day that this Homecoming Tour was announced, a LeBron James interview with the London based news outlet The Guardian was also released. In that interview packed with the hard-hitting questions my man Donald McRae was allowed to ask, LeBron kind of apologized for the way in which he left Northeast Ohio.
So that settles it. All is forgiven. Come to Akron's JAR Arena and celebrate the awesomeness of LeBron James, Ohio. It should be tons of fun.
The following is what LeBron said specifically in case you missed it, regarding the reaction he received from the ego-manical way in which his team handled said Decision:
"I was surprised by it because I was making a decision for myself. I was doing something that I believed was going to make me happy and freshen me up, personally.
But looking back at it now I can understand why a lot of people were upset. That definitely wasn't my intention: to upset people. My intention was to go and play for a team, play for a franchise, that believe in me, and I believe in them."
Well, okay, the closest LeBron will ever actually allow himself to come to really apologizing I guess. It's really not his fault the Cavaliers didn't believe in him though, you know?
Now would he change anything if he could?
"Well, I can't say I would change anything – because it would change so much that is now leading to the future. But, yeah, there is definitely a better way I could have handled it, as far as the whole TV thing is concerned, and the same goes for the whole build up to the announcement.
So there are definitely ways I could say I should have changed that because a lot of people were hurt by it – and I definitely apologize to them. At the same time, you should never be afraid to do what you believe in. That's a simple truth."
The simple truth indeed. The reaction he's expected to get in Akron for this Homecoming tour isn't so simple though. The game is for charity, so that's nice, but it does cost fifty bucks just to get in the door.
There's a lot of Northeast Ohio basketball fans that wouldn't go if they got a free ticket, let alone drop $50 on a LeBron James headlined event. Then again, there's also basketball fans starving for NBA hoops, like everywhere else in the country, that'll go just because they have nothing else to do.
Should be interesting to see how it all plays out. Kudos to Mav and company for setting the stage for a great night though. Assuming my cynical assumption that this apology was in fact contrived in some way is remotely accurate, that is.
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