NBA Rumors: LeBron James’ “secret motivation” for NBA title came from Miami’s Pat Riley?

NBA Rumors: LeBron James’ “secret motivation” for NBA title came from Miami’s Pat Riley?

LeBron James has been talking about his secret motivation since he left the Miami Heat to join Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. Though he didn’t reveal it in public until he won the title with the Cavs on Sunday.

James spent four years of his prime time career in Miami Heat. When he returned to Cleveland after losing the 2014 Finals, his decision was harshly criticized by the Miami officials. The kind of criticism which hurt LBJ, as he pointed out.

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After winning the finals on Sunday, James was again asked about this in the press conference. James said he would tell ESPN’s Dave McMenamin about it privately, according to the Real GM.

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What did James actually say?

Let’s hear James’ reaction from Dave McMenamin.

“James told me that when he left Miami and people who he thought he had strong, 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. ‘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?’”

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It is widely believed that the four-time MVP of the league hinted at Miami President Pat Riley. James didn’t win the title last season, but the motivation remained and drove him to clinch the championship this time.

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