Explain to people because there are some who -- people who know you realize you're not an egomaniac by any stretch of the imagination. There are some that have taken this process the wrong way, you know, the national spotlight and that. But here you are, you're taking less money. You just want to, as anyone who plays the sport, you wanna win.
JAMES: Absolutely. And just like you said, Robin, if it was about the money or I could have stayed or I could have forced -- you know, a signing trade where I get all my money upfront or however the case may be.
But ever since I was a kid, I was always the winner. I won at every level-- all the way since I started playing the game of basketball at nine. I've won at every level, won championships at every level. And, you know, it won't be fulfilled until I win at the highest level.
ROBERTS: You said you changed your mind a couple times. Who was the bridesmaid?
JAMES: I mean, I woke up some days wanting to stay at home. You know, home was best. I woke up some days saying that New York was the best-- Chicago-- places-- I woke up sometimes I had dreams about teams -- places that didn't even have an NBA franchise. There was just so much going on.
But Miami felt right. You know? And when you get that feeling, that gut feeling-- Warren Buffet told me once and he said always follow your gut. When you have that gut feeling, you have to go with don't go back on it.
ROBERTS: See, this is a little peek into your character. You quote Warren Buffet. And that says a lot about who you are and that you are the evaluation of you, that you're not just-- it's not-- if it was just about basketball, we wouldn't be here. But you are-- it goes beyond that for so many people.
JAMES: I think it's the growth. It's just the growth in me, not only as a basketball player but just seeing things -- you know, being around certain people, being around, like you said, being around Warren Buffet and seeing the way he is on the day-to-day basis, being around Jay-Z-- being around these great people-- that have so many great things in their career. But also they're just-- they're fluent.
Sometimes they don't even have to say anything. They can just show you it. And then I feel like that's a gift. They don't even have to say anything. But being around them is powerful stuff. I think it's just the growth that I had from when I was a, you know, 18-year-old kid, coming out of high school to now being a 25-year-old man with a family, two sons. They're running around out there.
ROBERTS: Are they excited about-- when you first told Savannah about South Beach?
JAMES: Well, my kids, they-- no, they're not at that age yet. They're five and three. They don't matter what, as long as they got a basketball hoop and a pool, which they got plenty of pools in South Beach, they're ecstatic.
I mean, but like I said, my family, all we know is Ohio. So it's a change. It's definitely a change and there's gonna be doubt, which there should be. Excitement, there was anxiety. There was afraid. There was, you know, everything that you can imagine went on in everyone's head, you know? And it should be that because that's all we knew.