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LeBron confirms he would have stayed if Heat won championship

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A CNN interview set to air on Friday reveals LeBron James would have re-signed with Miami and not the Cleveland Cavaliers if the team had won a third-straight championship.

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Former Miami Heat player LeBron James spoke to CNN's Rachel Nichols in an interview set to air on the network Friday night at 10:30 p.m.

In his first candid one-on-one since he announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, James pointed out that a third consecutive championship would have likely kept him in Miami, at least in the short term. Here's a detailed explanation by James:

"It's a greater chance (to return to Miami), for sure, I mean, it would be hard to leave back-to-back-to-back championships and try to go for four. But, obviously, you really can't live and think of what may have happened. For me, I've always been a person kind of live in the moment."

A clip of the interview can be seen here.

Among the other bits of information included in the clip, James discusses the following:

The clip ends with James answering Nichols that he is, due to his reduced weight, quicker on the court adding, "That's not such a good thing for the competition."

  • His meeting with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.
  • How difficult it is to win a championship, and the challenge he'll face in Cleveland.
  • His decreased weight (now approximately 250 lbs.) and diet plan.

James will square off against his former team on October 21 in a preseason game in Brazil and their first regular season meeting is scheduled for December 25.