LeBron James did not mention Cleveland, the Cavaliers, or Dan Gilbert during the celebration of his 2012 NBA title last night. That was probably the right tone to strike, but then Jason Whitlock came at hime point blank towards the end of his press conference. Whitlock claimed he wasn't baiting LeBron, but he asked James what the former Cavalier would say to the fans back in Cleveland. LeBron artfully dodged the question and didn't get into it.
Brian Windhorst joinced ESPN 850 this morning to weigh in on all things Heat and LeBron. As Clevelanders have come to expect from Windy, it was an excellent interview and he discussed the Whitlock question and whether or not Northeast Ohio was on LeBron's mind. Via WKNR 850 AM ESPN Cleveland
"I thought it was a fair question and I thought LeBron didn't know how to answer it so he just sidestepped it. He had just won an hour earlier and you could certainly understand that he wasn't thinking about Cleveland and what his position was at that moment. He'll have a better answer for that down the line if you ask him again.
Again, you heard what he said earlier this year. His feelings haven't changed. He won't be in Akron much this summer because he's got the Olympics but it's his home. It's always going to be his home. A part of him, I think, deep down wishes this had worked out earlier. He wanted it to work out in Cleveland. It didn't. I know that he feels that way. He may not have been ready to talk about that so close to last night."
You can listen to the full interview here.