At the "last minute" Lebron suddenly acted like an emo schoolgirl and just said he eas going to MIA to play it safe with his superstar friends and under Riley.
The unknown is what was going on IN lebron's head, truly, even as he was acting behind closed doors like he was in essential agreement with his advisors and management.
Was he too embarrassed to admit to what he wanted, and why he wanted to do it? And waited till the very end to avoid their rebuke...
Or did he simply show his truest of colors when the time finally came. (this, IMO, above all else).
He isn't a killer in the mold of Kobe, let alone MJ, or so many other hyper competitive greats with a mean streak. He's different.
And he took the safer, less stressful route with less personal expectations he'd have to fulfill.
It's ironic that while going to MIA he may very well have created the best way to WIN, but he also abandoned the essence of competitiveness and domination-I Own The World Instinct- that is so fundamental to A Winner.