Before LeBron James made it official that he was re-joining the Cleveland Cavaliers, he had to make peace with team owner Dan Gilbert. The two men sat down for a long chat in Miami last week to hash everything out, and each side admitted to making mistakes in their prior relationship. Per Yahoo!:
“We had five great years together and one terrible night,” Gilbert told James, and so started the process of reconciliation on Sunday night in Miami. “I told him how sorry I was, expressed regret for how that night went and how I let all the emotion and passion for situation carry me away. I told him I wish had never done it, that I wish I could take it back.”
And soon, James told Gilbert that he wished he had never done “The Decision” on cable television and that they had made mistakes together, that they could move past it. From James and his agent Rich Paul and business manager Maverick Carter, the air of peace hung heavy in the South Florida air, the process of returning to Cleveland had begun in earnest. Soon, they had stopped talking about the past and talked about the possibility of a future together and for the first time – truly the first time – the possibility of reunification had become genuine.
“It was more comfortable than I actually thought it would be,” Gilbert said on Friday afternoon. “They made it easy for me.”