Previously limited in his comments in the wake of his dramatic free-agency shift from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat, LeBron James opened up in an interview for the September edition of GQ magazine.
In the wake of "The Decision," the free-agency selection program which aired on ESPN, James said he would not have changed the approach he took to the widely panned format for his announcement.
"Nothing at all," he said.
James said he is fully at peace to be heading to South Florida. He said those close to him can see that.
"They're happy to see me happy," he said. "That's what they can see in my face. They say: 'It's been a while since we've seen you look like that."'
He took particular umbrage to those who questioned a focus other than toward the sport.
"People questioning how much I love the game," he said, "that's never been something I haven't cherished. Every night on the court I give my all, and if I'm not giving 100 percent, I criticize myself."
He did, however, raise question about whether the elbow injury that limited him in the Cavaliers' loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals is fully healed.
"I go out there and get a hard workout, and I know the elbow is not 100 percent healthy," he said after a July session. "It feels great, but I'm not going to wait until it hurts to start icing it."
In the piece, James said he could even fathom a return one day to Cleveland. While he signed a seven-year deal with the Heat, he can escape the contract after four seasons.
"If there was an opportunity for me to return," he told the magazine, "and those fans welcome me back, that'd be a great story."
He spoke as if his opening NBA act in Cleveland may have created oversized expectations.
"Even my family gets spoiled at times watching me doing things that I do, on and off the court," the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player said.
Among those who have criticized James' move are those who believe he felt the need to pair with Dwyane Wade, a player who has shown the ability to lead a team to a championship, as he did with the 2005-06 Heat.
Not true, James said.
"I think I've gotten to a point now in my career where I do feel like I have a killer instinct," he said.
Still, in the week before the decision to join the Heat, clarity was limited.
The author of the piece, J.R. Moehringer wrote of James' publicist telling him, "The whole Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh thing ... it's not going to happen."
But it did. And then came criticism about the decision, from TNT analyst Charles Barkley, among others.
"Charles was probably trying to be funny," James said. "It wasn't funny to me."