Though James never answered the question about his “secret motivation” in the presser after winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals he did tell the reporter who asked it afterwards.
“He mentioned in last year’s finals and everyone wanted to know what it was,” ESPN’s Dave McMenamin said on Sportscenter. “He told me it was someone in miami who told him — someone he trusted, someone he believed in — who said, you’re making the biggest mistake of your career. He said it really hurt him to hear those words.”
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) June 20, 2016
“Someone he believed in.”
For the first time in a long time, Riley doesn’t look good, though it’s not in the same realm of Dan Gilbert, who wrote LeBron that Comic Sans-infused embarrassment of a letter back in 2010. Riles was likely pissed about not just the fact the best player on the planet was leaving him but how he chose to do it.
Since that moment, LeBron proved everyone wrong, including the man who gave him that championship blueprint in Miami.