In some cases, bad blood comes with an expiration date.
LeBron James is headed back to Cleveland to play for owner Dan Gilbert. That might have been unthinkable four years ago, when James announced he was taking his talents to South Beach to play for Miami and Gilbert responded with a scathing letter calling James' action "heartless," "callous" and a "cowardly betrayal." Here are some other famous hug-it-out moments in sports — or at least times when some hotheaded competitors briefly set aside their differences:
Julius Erving and Bird — These two NBA Hall of Famers didn't always see eye to eye, and in 1984 they famously went toe to toe. In his 2013 autobiography "Dr. J," the
Bill Buckner and
Pete Rose and Johnny Bench — These two
George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin — Steinbrenner, owner of the
Reggie Miller and
Rob Blake and
Al Davis and Pete Rozelle —
And each resisted the urge to wipe off his hand afterward.