We look back at the time when LeBron James was interviewed by Larry King prior to his move to the Miami Heat from the Cavs.
LeBron James and Larry King are two names that are now ingrained in the American public consciousness. Larry King was a true legend of broadcasting. A man active as a broadcaster for roughly three-fourths of his entire life, King was an interviewer par excellence.
One of his most illuminating interviews ever was with the hottest name in basketball. James was at the athletic peak of his career, but he hadn’t been to the NBA Finals in 3 years. Speculation about his next destination was all over NBA forums.
Larry King with Lebron Jamespic.twitter.com/WNeCd68d1w
— Screen Off Script (@ScreenOffScript) January 23, 2021
When LeBron James talked about his relationship with his father in an interview with Larry King
For anyone who’s had to live a childhood without a parent, it’s a touchy subject to talk about. LeBron James was no different. Born to a teenage mother and leading his entire life with an absent father, James has become a model citizen.
James spelled out to King that he never had any interest in meeting his dad. He didn’t even ask his mom why his father wasn’t around till a certain age:
“I never thought about my father. She (Gloria James) was doing everything that I could ever dream of. It was times where Christmas would come around and my birthday would come around, and I’d think I may have one or two presents or I may not get anything because I understand the struggle, and it’ll be a floor full of stuff. There was no reason for me to even ask, ‘mom, where is my father’ because she was doing it all.”
It should suffice to say that James is an excellent parent who’s giving his kids the best possible life. LeBron fits the description of the perfect father better than most celebrities have – Dwight Howard is a case in point.