James has 'a lot of motivation'

August 18, 2010

In an interview with GQ magazine, LeBron James said the highly critical letter written by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert the night James announced his decision to sign with the Heat will give him "a lot of motivation" when Miami plays Cleveland.

Of Gilbert, James said: "I don't think he ever cared about LeBron. My mother always told me you will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You'll get a good sense of their character. Me and my family have seen the character of that man."

James also told the magazine that growing up in Akron, about 40 miles outside of Cleveland, he and his friends didn't like people from the bigger city.

"It's not far, but it is far," James said of Cleveland. "And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us. … We hated Cleveland growing up."

Regarding the roundly panned "The Decision" show on ESPN, James said he would not have changed the format for his announcement. "Nothing at all," he said.

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