James sounded apologetic when talking to reporters, and openly hoped Cleveland fans would forgive him.
"It would be fun to play in front of these fans again," James said. "If I decide to come back, hopefully they'll accept me."
James went as far as to say that the way he made "the decision" was wrong. He said he hoped Dan Gilbert would take back the comments he made after James headed for South Beach, but added, "I made a mistake, too. There's some things I want to take back as well."
You can see the full YouTube video, originally posted on ohio.com, below.
This, of course, is in no way suggestive of the idea that James is unhappy in Miami. In fact, he is off to a historically great season. James is first in the NBA in PER by nearly seven points (32.4, followed by Chris Paul at 26.5), and is filling up the stat sheet, averaging 28.0 points, 6.8 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game. Miami has the league's second best record at 23-7, half a game behind the Chicago Bulls.
James is in the second year of a four-year contract, meaning the soonest he and Cleveland could reunite would be 2014.