CNN released the full transcript from LeBron’s interview with Larry King, which will air Friday, but we saved you the trouble of sifting through 8,000 words by plucking the most intriguing comments, the ones where he sort-of-kind-of-maybe-a-little-bit answers your most pressing questions.
- On Obama’s campaign for Chicago:
JAMES: … I was a Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan fan growing up.
KING: So the president’s suggestion might carry weight, right?
JAMES: It may, it may carry weight.
- On ever playing for Michael Jordan:
“I’ve never thought about it. I do think it’s great that he owns the team. You see a former player in our league and you see Mike and the things that he was able to do on the court. To see him still being successful off the court I think is awesome.”
- On this year’s NBA Finals:
“I mean, me being an Eastern Conference guy, I like Boston. I mean, I played against those guys and lost to them in the second round. Just the caliber of players they’ve got, the winner that they’ve got, I think they have a great opportunity to win.”
- On playing for the Clippers if he were paired with Chris Bosh:
“It’s a great city. It’s a great city. But at the same time, like I said, it’s not always about the city. It’s about winning. And I mean if you put me and Bosh on the same team, if you put me and Dwyane Wade on the same team or a lot of these — me and Joe Johnson or — or a lot of these guys, a lot of teams would be much better. You know, the Cavs would be much better.”
- On how important is for him to pick his next coach:
“That’s not — no, not really. You know, I think that a lot of great coaches. You know, a lot of great coaches have been part of this league for years. But I’m not one to go into the off year and say this is who I want my coach to be. Now, there are some coaches, that, you know, if I had an opportunity to play for, I would be delighted. But I’m not as far as — as picking a coach.”
- On if he’s close to making a decision:
“I’m far from close. …I don’t — I don’t — honestly, I haven’t — because July is still a month away, less than a month away. So I haven’t — I haven’t began to, you know — I’ve thought about it, but I haven’t began to strategize exactly.”
Among the other things King and The King discussed was whether any of his Cavaliers teammates have asked to him to stay in Cleveland. Said LeBron: “Of course.”
They also talked about if LeBron had gone to college, where he thinks he would have gone. Turns out, it was a choice between Ohio State and North Carolina.
But we’re not going to end it there. No, no. The only way to gracefully end this is provide you with BY FAR the most interesting part of this interview. I hope you’re sitting ….
KING: “You did all right in the female department.”
JAMES: “Growing up I did all right.”
KING: “How do you deal with, frankly, LeBron, and we must be frank, the temptations of life?”
JAMES: “By understanding that when I wake up everyday and I go out in public everyday, I’m not just representing LeBron James, Sr. I understand that my last name is a responsibility for my two boys, my family, my mother, rest in peace, my grandmother, a lot of people. That’s what keeps me humble and that’s what keeps me away from temptation because I understand that it’s not always and it’s not just about LeBron James.”
KING: “It’s always around you, isn’t it? … You go to some city, pretty girls.”
JAMES: “It’s not even always girls, though. It could be girls, it could be other situations, it could be money. Certain money is not always good money. It could be just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. I mean, if you have your priorities in check then for the most part it’s easy.” [CNN]