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LeBron says he did not enjoy being the villain last season

Dec 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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LeBron James is on his way to Miami for the opening of training camp in what will be an interesting year for him and the Heat:

What did they learn and how did they grow after last season?

LeBron was candid in an interview with ESPN Tuesday, including saying he did not like being everybody’s bad guy last year (transcription by Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel).

“To be on the other side, they call it the dark side, or the villain, whatever they call it, it was definitely challenging for myself,” he said in an interview with ESPN. “It basically turned me into somebody I wasn’t. Me, personally, I’m not that guy.”

LeBron also agreed that he did not play well enough down the stretch in the finals.

“I didn’t make enough game-changing plays,” he said. “I just know I didn’t play well. I could have played down the stretch better.”

The question is, do the Heat learn and grow from that experience?

  1. jordinh - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Then he needs to learn to keep his mouth SHUT!

  2. rgonzales1287 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    All you lebron haters are retarded, how many other NBA players have done what he has done…so many.So Stop acting like he commuted this unforgivable crime. It’s really ridiculous now…GET OVER IT

  3. cantonbound13 - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    I’m so tired of espn & the NBA constantly forcing this guy on us like he is the face of the NBA. He’s never accomplished anything!!! So overrated.
    Hey LeBron, why don’t you pretentend it’s the 4th quarter & disappear.

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