Cavs not bitter over LeBron James' decision to join the Lakers

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Last week, LeBron James announced that he would be opting out of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

This brought the King's time in Cleveland to an end after four years, and for the second time in his career. 

Initially, Cavaliers' general manager Koby Altman said that he was hurt over LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland, but ultimately he's very thankful for the time he spent with him.

Altman said, via ESPN: "When you first get hit with it, there is a level of hurt. You're hurt because of what you went through for the four years with him and what he meant to us.

"But I was extremely thankful, at the same time. I realize what we accomplished this year and the last four years, and we did a lot. I mean, it was four incredible years led by him, and I'm very thankful for the years he gave our team, this organization, the city."

Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue also said that he was hurt when he found out that James was leaving, but it's a decision he can live with because of the special bond he shares with the forward.

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Lue said: "I didn't expect it. You know, when I saw, I was shocked and hurt a little bit by the decision.

"But like I said, we talked, and he said that I'm his favorite guy. He loved being coached by me. He loved the four seasons we had together, and that this decision was totally just a decision for himself and his family. I can live with that."

Reason for departure

As for why LeBron left the Cavaliers for the Lakers, Altman doesn't believe it had anything to do with the franchise themselves. 

He said: "I thought that for us, our momentum as an organization, as a franchise was heading in the right direction. And I still do. I don't think it was anything we did right or we did wrong.

"I think this was a decision largely for him, and he deserved that. He deserved to make this decision for him and his career and what he wanted to do.

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"So we can't take it personal. We're not bitter. We're thankful and happy that he spent the last four years with us, and again, I personally have a lot of gratitude for what he did for my career as well, what he's meant for me.

"I have a championship ring. That's an incredible thing that we accomplished. So, no, we're very thankful."

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