July 10, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 03:00 PM ET

LeBron James!

Before his big decision the NBA superstar

went one-on-one with Larry on how he

beat the odds for success and his future!

LeBron James for the hour!

Click here to take our poll: Are you happy with Lebron James’ decision to play for the Miami Heat?

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Susan   July 10th, 2010 3:29 pm ET

Big mistake on Lebron's part!! I am shocked at his decision to leave the midwest for a warmer climate–oh well, HIS LOSS!!

Smith in Oregon   July 10th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

As Lebron fires rage across Cleveland where former angry fans were seen burning their Lebron James jerseys, signatures of Lebron James and photos of Lebron James, one has to wonder with all of the horn tooting from Lebron James if he is going to seriously flop after all the hype?

I'm reminded of the biggest mistake a basketball franchise could ever make when the Portland Trailblazers passed on Micheal Jordan for a relatively weak Center whose name is Bowie. Yep, Portland blew off Jordan merely saying they already had several good guards. Bowie as I had felt at the time quickly fell into a semiannual ankle injury cycle which for many centers playing professional basketball is common and nearly impossible to overcome in the sport.

In short and despite all of the manufactured hype, Bowie was a big flop and to make things worse, Portland had passed on selecting (drafting) the best basketball player in the history of professional basketball.

I wouldn't be surprised if Lebron James or one of the other three starlettes isn't taken out with knee or ankle injury's requiring surgery by opposing team players and then the Miami Heat would falls into just a average team with extraordinary hype which it cannot live up to.

I don't expect Lebron James to live up to his own hype in Miami, and when he flops, I expect him to fall a great distance.

Smith in Oregon   July 10th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

Marshes and Wetlands are natural hedgerows and protectors of the land against tropical storms and hurricanes. Without them, the storm surges and high winds easily push much farther inland with consequently far greater storm and hurricane damage, directly as a result.

Big Oil's dredging for Gas and Oil wells in Louisiana alone has directly resulted in the loss of 2,000 Miles of Louisiana's marshes and wetlands. I have no doubt that greatly influenced the enormous impact Hurricane Katrina had on the levee system surround New Orleans and the resulting disaster that occurred. Yes, Louisiana's Big Oil company's were directly in the middle of that environmental and human disaster as well.

The Louisiana swamp Parish Presidents and Republican Governor Bobby (drill baby drill) Jindal, Haley (Oil Lobbyist) Barbar are now acting like they are eco-friendly while the spotlight is on them. That is in my opinion, extremely far from the truth. They just stood there and received Big Oil royalty's as 2,000 miles of Marshes and Wetlands were previously destroyed and now are complaining about Big OIl's destruction of 20 Miles of Marshes while blaming that on President Obama! That hypocritical psycho babble simply doesn't match their historical environmental records and actions.

msmith   July 10th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I love LeBron, he's a great individual with amazing athletic ability.
That said; He is a young man who has brought hope and enthusiasm to the Cleveland basketball franchise. I understand the disappointment with the fans of Cleveland but he has the choose to look to the future for his career. If he thinks he'll have a better chance in Miami then so be it; however, they won't get past The Lakers. I wish him well and the city of Cleveland.

carol blum   July 10th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

i live a few blocks from LeBron in Bath. We watched him succeed playing basketball at St. Mary's High School and with the Cavs. The community is sad about his leaving for the Miami Heat, because they loved LeBron and his commitment to Cleveland and Akron. On the other hand, LeBron is only 25 y.o and should play basketball anywhere he choses to do so. I wish LeBron a lot of success and hope that he keeps his family home in Bath, Ohio.Good luck LeBron.

anonymous   July 10th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

People of Cleveland should respect the decision of Lebron, who has done a lot for the team and the city. One man cannot do it all, the organization has failed in bringing a championship team. It's not the responsibility of Lebron alone. Lebron is just exercising his first amendment right to choose.

Kenny T   July 10th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

In as much as I wish Lebron should have stayed in Cleveland, I still think he has based his decisions on strictly business, and best intrest. Which is the same principle that the owners believe in.

Larry Furniss   July 10th, 2010 9:35 pm ET


Basketball in particular and sports in general is governed by numerous rules. Ironically, the free agency situation allows the best players in the sport an opportunity to play with other friends due if the cards fall into place.

It would appear that LeBron, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh were smart enough to figure this out and made plans accordingly. It would be hard to be too critical of this move since at every other level in sports athletes seldom have this opportunity to play ball with their closest friends. In grade school, someone else selects the team; In high school you are limited to the athletes that attend your school and of course at the college level a scholarship usually determines where you will play and who your team members will be.

In this day and age, it is somewhat refreshing that friendship and a common goal mean something to both the individuals involved as well as the championship ring.

Jeff   July 11th, 2010 12:11 am ET

I think LeBron going to Miami is what he needed to do. Over the past 7 years he has proven that he can not lead a team to the championship, nor have his own team. He has cemented his legacy in history as one who will never be as good as MJ, or Magic, or Kobe, or Bird or any of the other greats.

He is going to Dwayne Wades team, he is surrounding himself with superstars to win championships, fully knowing he is incapable of doing this himself with his own team. It was the same with KG...

Honestly, I think that in a few years he will win championships, but we will just look at Le Bron and say "yeah, he's good, nowhere near as good as MJ, or Kobe, or the other greats, but he was good". He couldn't close a game because he always disappeared at the end, but he was good.

Smith in Oregon   July 11th, 2010 12:45 am ET

Greetings Larry King and CNN's LKL Staff.

I've heard several reputable scientists that clearly state that a single Quart of Motor Oil can poison 250,000 Gallons of seawater to the point that no aquatic life can live in it.

That would place aquatic life toxicity for 1 Gallon of Crude Oil enough to poison 1 Million Gallons of Seawater to the point that 1 Million Gallons would not support sea life.

CNN LKL Staffers, the US Navy knows the actual spec's on the very small amount of Motor Oil it takes to completely foul the entire ship's fresh drinking water supply. If I recall, it is a very small amount.

Could CNN look into the exact figures? I believe the CNN audience would be amazed by how toxic Oil is when even a tiny amount is dumped into the water on aquatic life and on drinking water.

Carolyn   July 11th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Lebro did what almost every adult in this country has done. He changed jobs and relocated. The people who are angry are concerned about their finances. Not his life or his goals. I support hid decision as I would anyone elses who is trying to increase their chances for fulfillment

pachine   July 11th, 2010 1:18 am ET

I am a Cleveland fan and have no issues with LeBron moving on, it is his right. But it is how he did it by glorifying himself with the charade he pulled. A team is more then one person and in sports a team is nothing without the fans. Yes we have endured a lot as Cleveland fans but it was just wrong how it was done to us the fans. He will no longer be welcome in Akron or Cleveland and that is a sad way to go out. I agree that he is a coward to not stay and make a legacy like Jordan. Now he just rides coat tails of others. Guess he is not as good as I believed he was since he needs the help of other great players just to get the ring as fast as possible. I feel in the years to come he will know it was a very bad decision cause he sold his soul to the devil. I am sure he will question and dream of what could of been, could he really been a superstar and the king with out taking the cowards path.

Luis   July 11th, 2010 3:08 am ET

give credits who deserved, I think that Pat Riley is a genious, he is the mastermind in this, he always has done it, I'm glad for Miami heat is going to be an interesting and very competitive series this year. even though they are young but they have the expertise of a champion, mr. riley!!

HRM   July 11th, 2010 3:48 am ET

I think LeBorn James did what everyone in the world whould do. Changing a job and getting a higher position is what we desire. Same as LeBorn, he just want to win games and get champion. Boston could have Kevin, Allen, Paul; why Miami can't have James, Wade and Bosh. I believe there will be a nice competition between Boston and Miami for the coming season.

Pastor Marc Rouse   July 11th, 2010 6:28 am ET

Lebron did what almost every adult in this world has done. He's changed jobs and relocated. The people who are angry because of his decision our concerned only about themselves and not his life or his goals and the dreams that this young man had as a kid,and I support his decision as I would anyone elses who is trying to fulfill a vision or dream.
Lebron follow your destiny and fulfill your dreams because you are a man of wisdom and desire!

Chris   July 11th, 2010 6:38 am ET

What happened to the days of stiff competition. Magic, Bird and MJ would have never formed an alliance, their mindset was all about beating the best not joining the best. If the Miami Heat win championships now, the NBA community will not be impressed. Don't tell me it's not about money; as far as the Miami Heat organization is concerned that's all it's about. We have become a very soft people, we don't like to compete we just like to win.

anonymous   July 11th, 2010 10:46 am ET

Great choice Lebron i think u will win many titles.

joanna   July 11th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

I have had the privledge of watching Lebron and all the other talented young players in the past 7 years. He has seen first hand how they treat players who leave and are traded – never was there ever any loyalty for the other players, coaches and general managers (all good men) from the organization – it was business. Shame on Cleveland for not realizing that the day would come he would want to leave (home) and show some class by just wishing him well. Not only did the fans have exciting winning seasons, but he also was entertained them. He gave his 110%. People rarely leave somewhere they are actually happy and I would guess from Mr. Gilberts letter he probably and the so called loyal fans let Lebron know on a regular basis how he lost them their "ring". Would you really warn someone you were planning on leaving a bad and toxic relationship ahead – of course not!!

Lucy   July 11th, 2010 4:54 pm ET

LeBron James is a talented and seemingly very nice young guy. I think he was very ill-served by those who advised him on the ESPN announcement.

While the Cleveland fans would never be pleased by his decision to leave, I think a more modest announcement from Cleveland or Akron in which he began by thanking and acknowledging his Ohio fans would have served him and them better.

Dusty   July 12th, 2010 12:29 pm ET

LeBron who! So very sad today it all comes down to the dollar and not the fans who supported you through thick and thin? I could care less since I prefer college basketball and there is no dedication anymore to much of anything in this day and times of GREED? Cleveland will survive and there will be someday an even better player then LeBron. Be great if we gave this same praise and attention to our military and how they protect us all around the world and so a player like a LeBron can be made famous over being able to play great basketball, which is more important today people our being safe in this world or who wins the NBA?

Klynn   July 12th, 2010 2:27 pm ET

I am not a sports fan, so I don't have ties to any team. I think it's really crazy to listen to a lot of the comments that are being made by some people. At the end of the day LeBron is just like any other business man. He do his time and when he feel he has contributed all he can to that organization, he moves on to the next and that's what he has done. At the end of the day, it's all about business, who can make the most money. Whether it's owners, players or the city. It's about the all mighty dollar. No city, team, organization or anything else should put its hopes in one individual. He's just a man, not God. Get over it people, there is life after LeBron. How about the city government of Cleveland do what it's suppose to do to revitalize the city. It's not LeBron's responsibility.

Paula   July 13th, 2010 1:37 am ET

Congrats LeBron!! Enjoy!! Eat your heart out!!

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