LeBron James reveals what might have kept him at Miami Heat

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LeBron James has this week spoken in depth for the first time on his decision to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This comes courtesy of a sit down interview with CNN 'Unguarded' and Rachel Nichols which doesn't air until Friday.

Fortunately a brief three-minute excerpt of what we can expect has been released, and in it the NBA superstar can be seen discussing everything from summer diet regimes to a crucial conversation with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

Heat stay

Perhaps one of the most interesting things (and one we can't wait for LeBron to explain further) was to hear the four time NBA MVP admit publicly for the first time that he would have found it incredibly difficult to leave the Miami Heat franchise had they overcome the San Antonio Spurs in last season's NBA Finals series.

"It's a greater chance for sure," LeBron told Nichols when asked whether another ring in Miami could have swayed him to stick around in South Florida.

"It would be hard to leave back to back to back championships you know and try to go for four but obviously you really can't live, and think of what may have happened."

Had the Miami Heat achieved the much coveted three peat last June then they would have been looking ahead to the 2014-15 NBA season with the aim of achieving four straight titles - something only achieved by the unstoppable Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s.

That  surely would have proved nye on impossible to walk away from for LeBron James, even with the obvious lure of returning to unfinished business in Cleveland on offer. 

And to hear the former face of their franchise say as much must hurt a little for Heat fans even if they may have thought as much before this interview.

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Heat woes

The Miami Heat entered the 2014 Finals series as favorites to overcome the Spurs for the second straight year.

But the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were outplayed 4-1 in a series that showed up several fault lines in the previously dominant Florida franchise.

The rumors of LeBron's future started almost as soon as the final buzzer sounded in game six with James' decision not to discuss his plans in the closing press conference only adding to speculation.

Eventually of course James did decide to jump ship from Eric Spoelstra's side and he speaks this week as a Cleveland Cavalier once more.

With the likes of Kevin Love having joined him at the Cavs there is no doubt that LeBron is now focussed on winning title number one in Ohio as soon as possible. But judging by his comments in recent times don't go expecting him to leave his home town team if they lose in the 2015 NBA Finals.

He is in this one for the long haul, which, as Heat fans can attest, means around four years.

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