LeBron James: ‘At this point, I can’t’ see myself leaving the Heat this summer
Will LeBron James be taking his talents out of South Beach this summer?
Right now, the four-time MVP can’t imagine leaving Miami.
James told NBA TV’s Steve Smith that he can’t envision moving on from the Heat after the season, although he still plans to consider all of his options once the season concludes.
“At this point, I can’t,” James said in an interview that aired Monday night. ”At this point, I can’t. We don’t know what can happen from now to July, so what I’ve been able to do this whole season to this point is just worry about what’s at hand and that’s winning another championship. And hopefully at the end of this year I can put myself in a position where I can hold that Larry O’Brien trophy up once again and then I will assess what I have to do with my future after that.”
LeBron weighed in on several topics during the wide-ranging interview, including his Mount Rushmore of NBA players, which spiraled into the dominant topic of All-Star Weekend.
Here’s a brief snippet of LeBron’s interview with Smith, where they discuss LeBron’s struggles in his first year in Miami:
The interview featured a candid, unguarded James that the media and fans rarely see these days. James goes into great detail about the Heat’s 2011 Finals loss and the pain from the aftermath of coming so close.
LeBron explained that a trip to the Bahamas with teammate Dwyane Wade helped ease the disappointment and also might have been the turning point for the Big Three, which went on to win back-to-back champions in 2012 and 2013.
“We had some great conversations there,” James told Smith. “D-Wade was like, ‘Man, in order for us to be great, you have to be the guy.’”
Of course, that worked out pretty well. LeBron won MVP both seasons and led the Heat to Finals victories in both years.
But even with all of his success in Miami — the team is 37-14 this season and has a strong shot to pull off a three-peat — there’s still chatter about what LeBron will do this summer. Will he exercise his player option and stay another year in Miami? Will he return to his home state of Ohio and team up with Kyrie Irving on the Cavaliers? Will he be a Laker? A Clipper? A Bull? … You get the idea.
But LeBron said he has learned from his past mistakes and no longer lets outside voices or expectations affect what he does. Already one of the most decorated NBA players of all time at age 29, LeBron has his sights set on bigger things than The Decision 2.0.
”I don’t play for what people expect for me to do anymore,” James said. ”I want to be the greatest of all time and that’s just my mindset.”