Though LeBron James went quiet on social media leading up to and during the playoffs, the newly minted NBA champion took to Instagram on Monday to show he heard all the criticism and is happy to have risen above it.
Invoking a popular Internet meme while holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the Cleveland Cavaliers star rattled off all the negativity he has heard over the past few years.
They said u lost a step, wasn’t explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don’t have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won’t work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won’t work, love your teammates to much, there’s no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc…. But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jun 20, 2016 at 2:16pm PDT
James’ post came a day after the Cavs completed the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history to knock off the Golden State Warriors and deliver Cleveland its first professional sports title in 52 years.
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It wasn’t just Internet trolls that James seemed to draw inspiration from. Speaking with ESPN.com on Sunday night, James revealed that things said by people he personally knew following his departure from the Miami Heat also have fueled him.
“When I decided to leave Miami — I’m not going to name any names, I can’t do that — but there were some people that I trusted and built relationships with in those four years [who] told me I was making the biggest mistake of my career,” James said.
“And that s— hurt me. And I know it was an emotional time that they told me that because I was leaving. They just told me it was the biggest mistake I was making in my career. And that right there was my motivation.”