LeBron James has once again showed his remarkable character after he explained just how he was able to forgive Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert for the scathing letter he wrote when James fled to Miami.
Becoming the villain
Leaving his hometown franchise and the manner in which he did through 'The Decision' certainly cast LeBron as the NBA's greatest villain, the Cleveland Cavaliers who were left heartbroken by his departure jumped on his status the quickest.
They burned effigies and jerseys of their former 'King' in the streets of Ohio and then the letter penned by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert emerged, it seemed as though a return would never be possible.
Gilbert called James' a 'former hero' and labelled his departure from the Cavs as a "cowardly betrayal", with such scathing remarks to the greatest basketball player to ever emerge from Cleveland, how have we got to the point where LeBron is once again draped in Cavaliers colours?
Being able to forgive
Everyone was eager to find out how 'the King' was so easily able to reconcile with Gilbert after the letter he sent, James recently spoke with Dave McMenamin of ESPN and once again showed his remarkable character, LeBron explained:
"How did I forgive? I'm a man. Men, we all make mistakes. As a man, if you got a problem with somebody, you sit down face to face and you talk to them eye to eye. And you hash it out and move on. So, I think a lot of things that go in life or in sports with people kind of holding grudges is because they're afraid to actually take a step forward. It's a fine line between pride and progress and I'm on the progress side. I'm not on the pride side."
When James initially announced his return to Cleveland, he actually wrote an open letter to fans of Cleveland and Miami so he was able in his words to explain his decision.
In that letter, he mentioned that he had already sat down with Gilbert, man to man, face to face, just like he preached in order for them to move on from their strained past.
Both admitted to making mistakes and the two parties were able to come together to create one of most magical moments of the NBA has witnessed, James returning and reinvigorating his hometown Cavaliers.