Cavaliers fans and the city of Cleveland might want to thank the San Antonio Spurs for defeating LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals.
In an interview with Rachel Nichols airing Friday on CNN, King James admits that it would have been hard to take his talents away from South Beach and rejoin the Cavs had the Heat defeated the Spurs in the Finals.
"It's a greater chance, for sure," James said of him remaining in Miami if the Heat won. "I mean, it would be hard to leave back-to-back-to-back championships and try to go for four. But, obviously, you really can't live and think of what may have happened. For me, I've always been a person kind of live in the moment."
Without the Heat losing the way they did in the Finals, James might not have returned to Cleveland on July 11 and it’s suffice to say that All-Star power forward Kevin Love wouldn’t have been traded to the Cavs in August.
A slimmer James, now at about 250 pounds, will joins his Cavs for training camp, which opens on Tuesday.
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