LeBron James has ended his self-imposed social media blackout with a rebuke to his critics.
James has made a habit of staying off social media while his teams play in the postseason but he returned on Monday after leading the Cavaliers to the NBA title, ending Cleveland’s 52-year title drought.
Using the But That’s None of My Business meme, James laid into his critics on Instagram: “They said u lost a step, wasn’t explosive as once was, the best days was in the [rear] 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”
The target of his post could well include figures at his former team Miami Heat. On Sunday he told ESPN that he was unhappy with how some in Miami had handled his departure. “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 within those four years [who] told me I was making the biggest mistake of my career,” James said.
“And that shit 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.”
James was outstanding in the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors, averaging 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks has was named series MVP.
James also appeared to take a shot at Golden State on his return to Cleveland on Monday, stepping off the plane at Hopkins Airport in an Ultimate Warrior T-shirt.
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 21st June 2016 14.04 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010