LeBron James business partner, Maverick Carter told ESPN.com that he did not push James to come back to Cleveland, nor did anyone else close to him.
"This was a decision that LeBron made in his heart. We didn't push him to do it. We don't push him to do anything. If he asks our opinion or what did we think about the pros and the cons, we help him think through it. We don't push him. Listen," Carter said, "LeBron's a 29-year-old man with lots of money, got a wife, two kids, one on the way. He makes his own decisions. He doesn't need anyone pushing him any way, and a guy like that, you're not going to push him either way. We'll help him think through things and help him see through things, but he makes his own decision in his heart. Because, ultimately, he has to live with it. I'm not the one who has to show up and play games for any team."
He went on to admit that he didn't know if LeBron's decision would have been different if the Heat had won the NBA Championship this past year. Logically, one would think his choice would have been to stay in Miami if they were the champs. But his decision to come home wasn't about wins and championships; it was a move that was bigger than basketball. It was about family and being home. Carter said, "It was in his heart."
LeBron's business partner went on to tell ESPN.com that James had nothing but good things to say about the Heat, the team, the management, and Miami as a city. He even mentioned James and Wade's friendship and how it goes "beyond basketball." LeBron did tell Dwayne Wade about his decision before the Sports Illustrated article came out though Carter wasn't sure exactly when. But he was confident in saying the two NBA super stars will be life-long friends.
It's comforting for Clevelander's to hear these words and to know that LeBron James came back by his own volition. It was something special that he felt like he absolutely had to do for his life and for his city, not just for his career. This makes forgiving him that much more easy.