NEWARK, NJ – After Friday’s convincing victory over the Orlando Magic, LeBron James is feeling just fine about his decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. But he does say that the way he presented his decision to the world could have been done better.
“If had to do it over, I think I would do it a little different,” James said before the Heat’s game against the Nets on Sunday. “But I’m comfortable. I’m happy with my decision to come to this team.”
When asked what he would do differently, James wouldn’t specify.
Sunday’s game was the first time James has faced one of the five other teams he met with in July. And he heard boos from the Newark crowd every time he touched the ball in the first half. But he had good things to say about the Nets’ free-agency presentation and their organization as a whole.
“It was a great meeting,” he said. “I think Avery [Johnson] and the owner [Mikhail] Prokhorov, those guys, they were unbelievable. They presented something that was very… I responded to it very well.”
The Nets were coming off a historically bad season, but James says that wasn’t a big factor in his decision.
“You can’t go off that,” he said. “They’re 2-0 now and I don’t think they won their first game until mid-December last year.
“Before I got to the Cavs, they only won 17 wins, even though I didn’t have anything to do with that, because of the lottery. You don’t take a team’s past year and base it on what the following year could be.”
Prokhorov was at the Prudential Center on Sunday. He has attended all three of the Nets’ games thus far, but is planning on traveling back to Russia Sunday evening.