MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Miami Heat superstar LeBron James apologized late Wednesday night for using the word retarded when giving an answer in a pregame press conference.

James was asked about Kevin Durant improving his passing skills this season when James responded, “That is retarded to me. Kevin Durant is great at being a passer.”

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LeBron said using the word is a bad habit that he’s trying to break and that he’ll try to not use it in this context again.

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“I mean no disrespect,” James said.

LeBron had to apologize for calling something retarded in 2011 during a press conference after a postseason victory over the Boston Celtics.

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