June 4, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET
Larry’s 25th anniversary week continues with LeBron James!

Exclusive!  He’s one of the world’s biggest and highest-paid athletes – and he’s only 25-years-old!

The NBA superstar on how he beat the odds for success.

And – where will he play next season?

Where do YOU think LeBron James should play next season?

Sound off below!

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Dre   June 4th, 2010 7:58 pm ET

The Bulls

teresashasteen   June 4th, 2010 8:47 pm ET

I want to say that LeBron needs to be in CLEVELAND!!! My husband Ross & his best friend Scott Wickersham are a couple of his biggest fans since he was in high school . Does he really want to leave his roots and local area for fans that only want him for his talents? Really LeBron, stay where the fans love you for YOU, NOT your talent.. LISBON, OHIO LOVES Le BRON JAMES!!! ALL OF OHIO LOVES LEBRON JAMES!!

reg   June 4th, 2010 8:59 pm ET

stay in cleveland

david   June 4th, 2010 9:01 pm ET

where can we watch this interview online??

Smith in Oregon   June 4th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

With LKL's talent and stature, why Lebron James?

North Korea is on the verge of all out war with South Korea.

5 of the peace protesters killed by Israeli Commando's had autopsy's which showed they were 'executed' by a single to the back of their heads. Not including an American Citizen (multiple shots to the head and body)

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) is on the verge of declaring war on Jewish people in the UK and living in America.

Israel appears to have declared Turkey is their enemy after Turkey helped broker the humanitarian exchange of Iran's slightly enriched Uranium for Brazil's medical reactor fuel rods.

Turkey appears on the verge of closing its airspace to Israel and no longer allowing Israel to fly over its nation with Israeli fighter jets.

Lebron James?

luis   June 4th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

james stay in Cleveland. let them come to u. u have a good thing.don't go elsewhere where u don't know what might happen.u came close this year.just make a short term deal incase. good luck .. what ever u decide. ill be look forward to watching u where ever u go..

Dodie   June 4th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

@ Smith in Oregon June 4th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Well Stated! Thank You!!!!!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 4th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

It must be nice to be over paid while the rest of America suffers our country is to goofy on sports .

Dawn Volz   June 4th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

I haven't ever posted a comment but I must say, If I were his mother, I would be proud! She has done an extrodinary job considering how young she was she had him.He is well spoken, grounded, and has a life built on a true foundation. Best of luck on the your future decisions.

luis   June 4th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Smith in Oregon June 4th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

With LKL's talent and stature, why Lebron James?

change the channel...DUH

Fitbiz1   June 4th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Cleveland! Please stay.....

We understand there are bigger issues but please allow all of us a little diversion – if you aren't interested – don't watch.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 4th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Mr. theres a whole lot of people that works twice as hard as you your rich because people are sports stupid .

luis   June 4th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Michael Armstrong Sr. June 4th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

It must be nice to be over paid while the rest of America suffers our country is to goofy on sports .

dont hate; becuase u dont have what e has.. i bet if u where in his shoes u would be saying that..

Cajazz76:24:8   June 4th, 2010 9:37 pm ET


No offense to offset the remarkable career of LeBron James, who with great odds stacked against him, was the number one pick in the NBA 2003 draft and he was only 18 years old, truly astounding, but I am at odds that LKL doesn't have an ongoing blog in regards to our number one disaster that this nation has ever faced.

While we can be extremely proud and supportive of an NBA superstar, we need to keep at the forefront what is destroying a very large segment of this planet and the impact is far too great, at this time, to absorb and predict.

Weeks ago in a previous blog I predicted the volume would eclipse the Exxon Valdez by 3 to 5 times and the 3X's mark has already been surpassed. I hoped my guess was wrong and now I am concerned that the total influx of oil may surpass the 5X's mark.

The severity of impact and the areas of impact need to be further calculated, which I am certain they are in progress, and as painful as it will be to hear impact statements, the world should be informed sooner than later.

I am well aware that British business concerns in the U.S. are the highest of any nation and it would be to their advantage to offer assistance in the cleanup.

This disaster will, in varying degrees, affect the entire planet due to the fact it has occurred in the gulf stream that eventually circles the globe. Since marine life does not require passports they have no limits as to their travel plans or destinations. In that regard alone chemical contamination will be ingested into the diets of billions eventually, albeit man or animal or fish, and up and down the food chains.

The aftermath point of this disaster has not even been reached and until the flow is completely stopped the disaster is ongoing. I cannot come close to identifying a substantial portion of the effects on fish, plants, trees, birds, mammals, crustaceans, protozoa, insects, terra firma, water...the list is far beyond the area of my expertise, so we need those who are experts in the many fields of science, and all disciplines affected, to calculate and predict what is no doubt an epic disaster in its infancy.

The time is now to coordinate and begin the ugly task of quantifying and predicting the destruction ahead and the rest of the world may have an opportunity to get involved to assist, reduce the effects on them, or plan for what is on their horizons.

The one thing that would be counter productive is to call for the dissolution of BP. I want to see them prosper with the capability to remunerate all monies necessary to pay in total all damages they incur and compensate for all those damaged.

Jean   June 4th, 2010 9:38 pm ET


Congratulations on the 25th anniversary of your program, Larry King Live on CNN. My, how time flies. I do not think I have been viewing your program for 25 years. However, ever since I discovered CNN and of course your program being broadcasted in Toronto via cable and satellite, I am hooked (smile). Once I am indoors, rest assured that I will tune in to your program.

May I wish you with the help, blessings and grace of God, continued life, health and strength to continue the good work of your program which I wholeheartedly enjoy.

I love to say, I saw it on CNN. I saw it on the Larry King Live show or did you view Larry King Live last night... I love your programs.

I do thank you for also keeping my comments, whenever I do, be it controversial which pertains to the specific evening topic, on your Blog. I do appreciate it.

You are looking good. Love your outfits. They are unique. I guess you had to purchase new ones since you gave what you had as a donation for Haiti disaster fund. I viewed the program and so I remember.

God bless you Larry! May you enjoy another 25 years and more... of Larry King Live with CNN. Keep up the hope and the spirit. You can do it! (smile)


luis   June 4th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

wow; some of u need to go one channel up.. HATERS ....

Dr. A.W. Rosenblatt   June 4th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

One of the best King shows. LeBron at your age your presence, dignity and poise is exceptional for anyone from any background. I congratulate you and your family. I am sure you will make a wise choice with your life decision and never, ever look back. Thank you for your example ........ have a good one ...... doc al

Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 4th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

I think the country is going broke and ticket sells are going to start to decline and the internal revenue service is going to break alot of sports hero's banks .

Jean   June 4th, 2010 9:46 pm ET


Listening to your interview with LeBron, he is not only an intelligent person but an extremely sensible one. He knows what his previous life was all about, what he has struggled for, aspired to and achieved and he is determined to even do better and live a good, family life. He is a model to the youth of today. Here is someone whom they should emulate. I wish him continued success in all his future endeavors.

nicholas Wizig   June 4th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

lebron should go to new jersey!

Tony R.   June 4th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Stay in Cleveland where you belong,you already have more money than most people alive.

nicholas Wizig   June 4th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

lebron should go to a team that needs him not a team like the LA LAKERS new jersey is one

Jan O   June 4th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Why hasn't the Gov.t and BP look into the Micro organisms that eat the oil?

There is a video that shows the result.

The micro organism eats the oil, all natural.

luis   June 4th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

nice jump hot king,... but stick to ur show..

Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 4th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

It makes me sick to see people like Citi Group and other wall street bandits take the peoples money and steel it to build sports arenas and over pay sports people .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 4th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

America cant afford high paying sports any more .

Carlos   June 4th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Im a NY Knicks FAN... Give me a reason to follow them again..Money no problem in NY...
or go with the billionaire owner for the NJ Nets...

chrisfromcleve   June 4th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

cleveland it is. lebron says hes a man of loyalty. he'll show his loyalty. chicago?? c' you really think he wants to be jordan junior? he'll create his own legacy, in cleveland.

Roy Mabe Jr.   June 4th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

I think LeBron Ja

mcdolley   June 4th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

go to chicago with derrick rose and dwanye wade you can win as many championship ypu want. just believe in yourself. where your mind is that where you should go.

Bernell Bates   June 4th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

I think Lebron should play in New Jersey. I say that because I feel Cleveland can't hold the type of players he needs around him to win championships. New Jersey is a better fit for him not for the money but for the type setting he and the other free agents that have will to play with him. Cleveland's media isn't ready for the attention he and the other players will bring to that city. Not to mention the cities economy situation in this present day and time. I wanted to see him there but I really feel he along with other big name free agaents are to big for the City of Cleveland.

Bruce S.   June 4th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

People, people, people! It's refreshing to turn our attention away from all the craziness that is in this world right's about time to have a positive role model like Lebron James to be a lead story. It's much more than where he is gonna go ( hopefully Cleveland) or how much he will get paid, it's really about a success story of living your dreams. Thank you Larry King for this story & to the rest of you on here who say we got more problems in this world than Lebron James...well you are right but at the same time I can say from experience we would be in a better world if we re-focused our thinking on being positive than focusing on all the negative and then maybe we all could be successful like a Lebron. So for those of you complaing then instead of just typing on your computer and hiding behind it, get off the sidelines and be the change you want to see in this world instead running your mouth and complaining about it. Maybe some God in your life will help you change from being so negative. Congratulations Lebron on achieving your dreams and being a positive role model...good for you!!!

Roy Mabe Jr.   June 4th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

I think LeBron James should play next season in Cleveland, and hopefully the big free agent money won't lead him elsewhere.

Cajazz76:24:8   June 4th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

@ Larry King

I know you have had several cameo parts in movies, but last night I was able to see you in a starring role. I see you as the only one to play the role of astrophysicist and your recent guest, Stephen Hawking in an epic movie that would be directed by James Cameron. The way you sat in the chair opposite the president profiled you for the part.

Marilyn   June 4th, 2010 11:37 pm ET


Well said, sometimes a little distraction away from all the horrible things going on in the world is a good thing.

lilone   June 5th, 2010 12:27 am ET

I totally enjoyed the interview with LeBron James tonight, June4th On Larry King. He seemed to have it so organized and together for a man of his youth. I truly hope it was real and not just press BS like Tigar turned out to be. He seems to be such a great inspiration to himself, his family and the generations he represents. Thanks LeBron–no pressure–just keep up the good work and keep being happy–it seems to be working!! Congratulations again and by the way I would not have gone to college either–you can always do that but you can't always play ball!

Jean   June 5th, 2010 12:34 am ET

@ Smith in Oregon. As educated and well-versed you are, it appears that you love hearing only sad and distressing news even though these are a fact of life. You seem to like a pity party. Have we not heard enough of the oil spill and the efforts of BP to cap it? It could get too much to bear, to hear about and listen to. It is also frustrating and consistent repetition becomes boring.
Have you not heard that variety is the spice of life? Do you expect that Larry King Live show should consist solely of the BP oil spill? If so, he may not have too many viewers after a few nights of this. It is bad enough already and we have heard alot of this woldwide. We cannot do a thing about it. It is left to the government and primarily BP to rectify this mess which it has created. I also wonder if it is really the fault of BP or just "signs of the times", to bring some people to their knees in prayers to God. Much more could be stated about that. We are human beings and we do need some diversion – of TV programming.
Do give compliment where it is due. LeBron deserves it. Do not deprive him of this moment on LKL.
I love hearing successful stories which are encouraging to each and everyone of us in the entire world, children and adults alike.
One of the deadly sins is envy which leads to hatred and you know what else. People must not envy others of whom they have aspired to and what they possess. LeBron appears to be a humble person who appreciates what he has exceled in and what he possesses. He deserves it for his efforts.
Yes! Let us get out there and encourage others, specifically the youth, those who live idle lives and who appear to have no hope to do something beneficial for themselves, for the environment and community in which they live, the entire USA. I do think that LeBron has projected that which they could learn from.
I do think LKL tonight is excellent.

JLee   June 5th, 2010 1:28 am ET

The man gets paid the way he does, because the people give it to him. It's not like he's robbing anybody or even asking for you money. The people want it and pay to watch this once in a lifetime talent put on a show for THEIR OWN ENJOYMENT.
I don't understand these people like Mike Armstrong who complain about overpaid athletes... have you even considered the absurdly tiny fraction of players who make it professionally? It's high risk, high reward. And when you have the exceptional talent and work ethic that many of these players have, you deserve whatever else it comes with it - be it fame, fortune, media hype and/or criticism.

By the way, it's obvious America can afford high paying sports, whether by directly purchasing tickets for seats at the game or simply flipping the channel to a game that comes with advertising.
What do expect these big companies to do? Give away all their money to struggling American citizens? Use their money to develop a way to help the people? Just childish thinking. Why aren't you spending your money to help those around the world who're in need? And I'm not talking about dollar donations for a child in Africa. It would be nice if the whole world was like that, but only the tiniest of a fraction is. And that's just how life is. Quit complaining and live and make do with it.

DIz   June 5th, 2010 1:30 am ET

This is very mature young man, he will make the intelligent choice and it is his choice, he don't need any help... Best of luck to's good to here a young man speak about his mother and all she has brought to his life, so many are all about themselves, stay true to yourself and best of luck to you and your family... I am a grandmother of five , two boys three girls,the boys love sports , they should be so lucky to have someone like you to look up to. Keep up the good work...CONGRATULATIONSi

Justyn   June 5th, 2010 2:31 am ET

I think LeBron would be wise to sign a contract with the New York Knicks. The Knicks are a sports franchise that haven't had a legitimate superstar since Patrick Ewing back in the 90's, yet their fan base has remained as loyal and devoted as ever. If LeBron came to the Knicks he would be the man in New York and a global star. NY also has the ability to build around LeBron to create a team that can win for years to come. He looks better in the orange and blue than in any other color in my opinion. Hope he signs with the Knicks! Come on LeBron, it's New York!

Ray   June 5th, 2010 3:01 am ET

Lebron+ Chris Bosh +Joe johnson+ New York = Its Destiny!!!! Plain and simple

Allen   June 5th, 2010 3:33 am ET

Unfortunately it is being taunted as he should go where the money is, he is saying he wants to go where he can get a championship. Championship I can understand and money he will make so the statement is follow the money could put him in same light as Sprewell, "I can't take care of my family on XXmillions/yr.. don't be a fool LJ, b/c a fool and his money will soon part. Go to where you can make a difference in the lives of others...that's your purpose in life... it's not about yourself... btw.. I am a huge fan of yours...really just giving you some zen my man... peace!

Alhassan   June 5th, 2010 5:58 am ET

I wish that I can see James The King in Boston celtic or in Orlando magic or in La Lakers that will be like a dream come true for me

devonte   June 5th, 2010 11:07 am ET


jack4555   June 5th, 2010 11:13 am ET

Donate mowed dry grass for absorbing and cleaning gulf oil spill disaster!
There is huge natural resource of mowed grass in United States. Dried grass can absorbing oil together as harder oil tar balls for easy collecting and processing. Dried grass is no pollution and easy spreading into ocean and beach. I hope government and organization can unite American people to overcome gulf oil spill disaster. Do something from grass root.

Jean   June 5th, 2010 3:34 pm ET

There is a time and place for everything. There are complainers who feel that Larry should be speaking about and interviewing people about the oil spill during the week he is celebrating his 25th Anniversary on CNN.
It appears that these complainers have either overlooked or refuse to acknowledge that Larry is celebrating his 25th Anniversary with CNN this week on his his Show, Larry King Live. It is a happy and successful time for him. Therefore, we, the realistic and understanding viewers do expect him to interview these guests who were on his show this week. We have no objections and are happy that he did. There is a reason for this. We do not have to be highly educated, successful, rich and famous to comprehend this. Only common sense and consideration are necessary.
Are there people out there who are celebrating their anniversaries and who would relive or want to relive their sad stories at this time? I doubt it. They would want to relive only happy moments because it is a happy moment for them. They are celebrating a milestone. So is Larry. It makes good sense to me.
And so, there will be time to speak about and to interview the people concerned about this oil spill disaster. From my point of view, enough is enough is enough for now anyway. After all we have been hearing about this for over 40 days and we will be hearing more of it through the days if not years to come. Furthermore AC 360's program provides viewers with adequate information.
I do have empathy for those who are affected and no exception for the officials of BP who are experiencing a dilemma which was not expected and the brunt of those affected. I feel saddened for the families who have lost loved ones and who are presently grieving. I pray that, as time goes by, God will sustain them and grant them some degree of peace.
The guests who were on Larry King Live this week, as he celebrates his 25th anniversary – silver jubilee with CNN, depicted successful people. I thought it quite appropriate at this time that they would be interviewed on LKL, no exception LeBron James. It was quite interesting to hear him speak of his former life and about his beloved mother who nurtured him, no doubt, under difficult circumstances. He certainly has become a successful and respectful young gentleman. His story is enlightening and encouraging and should be for everyone in general.
Donald Trump is another person whom I also have great respect for. Through the years I have heard a lot of him and no exception on CNN. Note whom he has aspired to and his successful achievements. America and the world in general do need to hear more about these successful people who made it under difficult circumstances and through their perseverance in prodding on to attain success. Their stories need to be told over and over again that they might influence others specifically the youths. Many youths, the world over, are in need of guidance, help and encouragement which will assist them to achieve at least some degree of success in whatever chosen field. They need to hear of success stories and how these people were able to achieve them. Anniversaries of whatever nature of these successes are great times. They are inspiring.
Those successful people are not seeking compliment or approval. They have every right to inform the viewers of their success and to teach us that nothing is impossible if we put our hearts, minds and efforts to it. They want what is best for everyone in general. Guess what? It costs us absolutely nothing but a little time of listening. How fortunate we are.
Larry King, himself, is a success. Note, he did not talk about himself and his achievements or did I miss out on it, this week. He relived his previous shows which were significant enough to re-air in segments, some of which we may have forgotten about.
Some years ago I heard about Larry's story of bygone years to today and of his achievements, no doubt on CNN. Larry has a great story to tell as well and how he arrived where he is today in his career with CNN, Larry King Live.
Since this week is Larry's 25th Anniversary with CNN, it is understandable that his invited guests should not comprise of people who are relaying sad news but of happy and successful ones. After all, I reiterate that "Larry is celebrating his 25th anniversary." Let us Larry this golden opportunityy or silver opportunity (smile) to interview those successful people whom he is part of.
Whoever you decide to interview on your program, LKL, I will be listening as long as I am indoors at that time.
God bless you Larry for continued successful years and also to your guests. I reiterate that I wish you all the best for the future.
Toronto, Canada

sylvester   June 5th, 2010 6:17 pm ET

he should stay in cleveland. this is a franchise that is giving him exactly what he needs to win games, and basically being handed the team. So its best that he stays where he is comfortable and will be more successful. Championships will come. He's being patient and soon he will get everything he needs to win him champships.

JamesB   June 5th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

I think Lebron should stay in Cleveland. The question is does he want to leave and go to a team elsewhere that can hand him a championship or does he want to stay where he himself can work to deliver a championship. What does a real competitor do, James?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 5th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Don't take LeBron James' thunder away from him. Sounds like he deserves it and sets a good example. Give praise where praise is due. Good on him.

We all need to lighten up at times. Things can get very depressing in this world, especially now.

@Jean & Bruce S. – Well said comments.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 5th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Also I might add, it was great to see Larry King hooping it up on the basketball court. With the job he has been doing for 25 years, he definitely needs some lighter moments.

God bless Larry King and good health to him.
Thank you for all your shows.

cleveland hopefully   June 6th, 2010 12:51 am ET

i live in cleveland all my life and watch all cleveland sports the browns,indians and the all mighty Cavs. But with the cavs we have the best chance to win so i hope and pray that he stays here not just for cleveland but maybe i little for me so i will have something to cheer for

Cajazz76:24:8   June 6th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

@Jean in Toronto

I am sitting in a Dallas, Texas Starbucks where over 20 people are on line blogging to the LKL site. This is a right to carry state, suddenly I looked up from reading your blog I saw about 15 people with pistols to their heads. What is with that??????????????????????

Jean   June 6th, 2010 7:34 pm ET

@ cajazz 76:24:8 Larry is kind enough to give us an opportunity to sound off on his Blog. I am amused by your comments. You made me LOL. I do not own a gun and have no interest to own one. The Lord is my Shepherd and He takes care of me as I call on him, wherever I may travel to. He protects.
Why would they put pistols to their heads? Do they not have a life? Do they not know that life is worth living if only they would not think solely of themselves and do something good for themselves, for others, for their community, their country specifically when the opportunity presents itself that they might have something good to say about themselves, others might see their works and might learn from them. Let us think always of the positive and not of the negative. Let us give compliments where they are due. In the long run, no matter what our status, we will be far happier and peaceful for it.

Chris   June 6th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

Considering the fact that the greatest basketball coach in history just passed away the other day in John Wooden, shouldnt Larry have a show about his life and reflections from others? I mean really they devoted a month or more shows on Michael Jackson's death but cannot even devote one show on John Wooden- pathetic!

Akilah   June 6th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

I think he should stay in cleveland so he can create his own name or legacy like MJ did

Michel56   June 7th, 2010 6:04 am ET

Thank you for all the good interviews and the amazing pieces of history the program has provided. My question is why can't your programs, like others, be archived online for the public. It's a shame that all that history is locked away.

Martin - N Redington Beach, Fl   June 7th, 2010 3:43 pm ET

It's amazing how many people wanna keep talking about all the "bad" that is going on in the world these days. Do you really wanna hear about "the bad" 24/7???? CNN takes 1 (only 1) hour to shine some light on a person that is actually a positive influence on kids/people around the world, and people wanna bash them for showing this? I don't like to be depressed 24/7, if you do, jump off a bridge and save everyone from having to read your garbage. I live in Pinellas county Florida, I'll be more than happy to drive you to the Skyway Bridge, let me know.

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