Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first quarter in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Cuban: Obvious LeBron has grown up since The Decision

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LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers and has been praised for the way he handled it this time around. In a simple and elegant essay on Sports Illustrated, James explained his decision.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban praised LeBron for the way he handled it this time around, compared to the fiasco that was the televised special “The Decision” in 2010.

“It’s obvious that LeBron has grown up quite a bit since ‘The Decision,'” Cuban said, via ESPN Dallas. “How he handled it, his words, his approach were night and day. I think he deserves a lot of respect.”

Cuban feels a kind of connection to the relationship between James and Cleveland, comparing it to his experience growing up in Pittsburgh.

“I think it’s great for the league,” Cuban said as he was watching the Mavs’ summer league team play. “As someone who grew up in Pittsburgh, it’s great to see the old-school cities like Pittsburgh and Cleveland, we’re usually the brunt of the jokes and people talk about leaving.

“It’s always good when I go back to Pittsburgh and it’s just that type city. It’s a Pittsburgh city and Cleveland is very similar. It’s great for the area and the city.”

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