This Friday LeBron James will be on the Larry King Live show. Larry Actually visits LeBron in his home town and takes a walk with him during the interview. The two discuss a lot including LeBron’s past, growing up, winning, losing, the loss of his former coach, and of course where he could be going next. Make sure you participate in our poll to see if you can call where he will go next.
KING: OK. You are at a — you’re at a point I don’t think any basketball player in recent memory has ever been at. You’re the — arguably, the most famous player in the game, you and Kobe. But you are a free agent and that’s exactly what it means. It didn’t used to be that way in sports. Sports people were chattel. You were owned by your team for…
KING: — you’re totally free. They can’t make you an offer until July 1st.
KING: But you can think about it now, because the money is going to be — all things equal, it’s going to be about the same.
KING: So in your head, is there places you’d like to go? I’m not going to ask you to commit.
JAMES: Right. I think…
KING: But if you want to commit, you could do that here.
JAMES: Well, I mean, to me, I think my ultimate — my ultimate goal is winning championships and — and I understand that me going down as one of the greats will not happen until I, you know, win a championship. So for me, the team that I decided to go toward (INAUDIBLE) in Cleveland, that ultimately has — has the best chance for me to win a championship not one year, but multiple years. But for me to continue to get better and help that team win, I think, ultimately, would be my decision. I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family.
KING: So can we say it will not be a poor team, a team of players who you do not calculate would be there to win championships, because you can’t play forever?
JAMES: No, I cannot play forever. And that is absolutely right. But the team that I go to or — or, you know, whatever the case may be, will have an opportunity to win championships in multiple years and not just because of LeBron James.
KING: So it has to be a good team?
KING: All right. Do you lean at all toward the place you know the best? I mean do they have an edge going in…
JAMES: Oh, absolutely.
KING: — your home team?
JAMES: Absolutely. Because, you know, this city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these seven years. And, you know, for me, it’s comfortable. So I’ve got a lot of memories here. And — and so it does have an edge. But it’s a — it’s a very — it’s going to be a very interesting summer and I’m looking forward to it.
KING: You can’t wait to hear? Do you wish it were July 1st?
JAMES: I wish it was July 1st.
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