LeBron James and his wife Savannah arrive on the red carpet at the New York Premiere of 'Trainwreck' at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on July 14, 2015. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
March 6 (UPI) -- Being 'The Chosen One' doesn't come without struggle.
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has realized that after achieving so much in his 14-year NBA career. 'King James' was the 2003 Rookie of the Year, has been to 13 all-star games, won three NBA titles, and four NBA MVP awards. He has also been a member of six All-Defensive teams and 12 All-NBA squads.
The top pick in the 2003 NBA Draft delivered perhaps his most impressive championship last season, leading the Cavaliers to its first title.
But James said on a recent episode of the Road Trippin' podcast that he apologized to his wife Savannah for the toll it all has taken. James met his wife while they attended Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. The duo now has three children: daughter Zhuri, and sons LeBron James Jr., and Bryce Maximus.
"I am addicted to the process. I'm addicted to the process," James said on the podcast. "It's so funny. I just told my wife the other day, I apologized to her. She was like 'What are you apologizing for?' I said 'Because the journey that I'm on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game or to the point where no one ever forgets what I accomplished, I've at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing...I want you to understand that along this journey while I'm playing this game there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are – my babies are.' "
Road Trippin' is hosted by Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, and sideline reporter Allie Clifton. The podcast is part of the UNINTERRUPTED podcast network.
James has drawn the ire of fans this season for sitting out during road games to keep his body healthy for the playoffs. He sat out Saturday in a loss to the Miami Heat, along with point guard Kyrie Irving.
The first-ballot Hall of Famer played the first seven seasons of his career for the Cavaliers before signing with the Miami Heat. He left the Heat before the 2014 season to return home.
Heat president Pat Riley told Yahoo Sports Monday that he was shocked by James' departure.
"When LeBron left, that was the most shocking thing to me -- not to say he was right or wrong -- and the most shocking thing to the franchise," Riley told Yahoo Sports, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
"But our culture is the same. You have your up years and your down years, but what can't change is the way you do things."
The Heat and Cavaliers face off at 7 p.m. Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.
James, 32, is posting 25.9 points, 8.9 assists, and 8.1 rebounds this season. His assists and rebounds are career highs.