Things almost got awkward on the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night when Letterman asked LeBron James, “Well, now that you’ve got this out of your system, are you ready to go back to Cleveland and play some ball?” The “this” Letterman was referring to was, of course, James and the Miami Heat winning an NBA championship last week. Watch the video to see how James handled the question.
Shooting a Letterman a “don’t go there” stare, James laughed off the question, saying, “Right now, I’ll play no ball right now.” The late night host has consistently given James a hard time about “The Decision” to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 to join Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in the hopes of winning a championship. For example, during an interview with rapper and New Jersey Nets co-owner Jay-Z in the lead-up to James’s decision, Letterman said James would “cut the heart out of” Cleveland if he left. Later, when James did opt to leave Cleveland, Letterman said he was “furious”.
But it was all yucks and congrats on the show Tuesday night, with James wearing a big smile on his face throughout the interview. At one point, Letterman asked James how Miami fans reacted to the Finals victory. “Miami is the slowest city we have in America,” said James, the sarcasm clear. “You guys know that, right?”
James’s stop on Letterman was part of a media blitz by the Miami Heat’s “Big 3″ of James, Wade, and Chris Bosh. Next stop for all three: The View.