Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert didn't take LeBron James' decision to leave the franchise in stride in 2010, attacking the superstar player in a now-infamous letter that had many doubting James would ever consider returning home.
James is headed back to Cleveland now, and how the two came to an understanding after their public fallout has come to light. Gilbert sat down with James on Sunday and apologized for the letter while the two met face-to-face to discuss their possible future together, reports Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
"We had five great years together and one terrible night," Gilbert told James, and so started the process of reconciliation on Sunday night in Miami. "I told him how sorry I was, expressed regret for how that night went and how I let all the emotion and passion for situation carry me away. I told him I wish had never done it, that I wish I could take it back."
Gilbert denied he was meeting with James on Sunday, despite his private jet being tracked to South Florida. Now, it seems the Internet detective work proved correct and Gilbert was on the plane preparing for his meeting with James and his inner circle.
Coincidentally, the angry letter that left Gilbert regretful was taken down from Cavaliers.com for good on Sunday night, though the organization told SB Nation it attempted to remove it years ago. James also apologized for how he handled "The Decision," according to Wojnarowski.
The meeting between James and Gilbert proved to be crucial for the reunion, bringing the two-time NBA champion from Akron, Ohio, back home to compete for a title with a new core.
James re-signing with Cleveland is a huge shift in the NBA landscape, and the front office could have another huge move left before the offseason winds down. Gilbert and James were given a chance to sit down and work through a personal situation and repaired seemingly burnt bridges.