Transcript: LeBron James Talks to 'Good Morning America'

ROBERTS: Right. Just gonna ask you a couple more questions 'cause I know you wanna get out of here. And Keith's getting a little edgy back there. When you look back, 'cause I remember when I talked to you with Shooting Stars and you were talking about Coach Drew and Coach Drew -- Drew said, you know, use basketball. Don't let basketball use you.

And you had a very humble beginning growing up. And then this. I mean, do you stop sometimes and wonder how has this all come about? I know you've worked very hard for this, and you've had a lot of people around you. But just to give us an idea of the humble beginnings to this moment.

JAMES: Well, I mean, you said it. I mean, when you grow up in the inner city and you grow up in a single-parent household, that's -- those are humbling times, you know?

And I always said when, if I ever make it or make it outside these walls, make it outside what we call the projects that, first of all, I'm gonna give back to the community.

But at the same time, I'm gonna stay humble and know where I come from and not make myself feel or put people around me where I feel like I'm breaking them down and I'm not being humble by my situation. 'Cause I remember those times too well. And I understand it, you know, it's a unique situation.

ROBERTS: It is. Do you feel the pressure now? Is there more pressure because you guys are loaded? Now it's gonna be expected that you win a championship.

JAMES: Well, the expectations have roles. But they get to a point where they -- the expectation and the pressure -- doesn't get much higher. And I've had that ever since I got in the NBA or me saying that -- can you exceed the expectations that everyone has on him as an 18-year-old kid? Can he save the franchise? Is he better than these players? Can he continue to -- can he be an MVP in this league? Can he be an all-star?

I've exceeded every individual thing that you have to do. But now the highest expectation is there now and that's to win an NBA title and do it in South Beach.

ROBERTS: Ooh, that's a good way to end. That is. More chapters to be written.

JAMES: Absolutely.

ROBERTS: Just rounding first base. So what are you gonna do now?

JAMES: I don't know. We'll party.

ROBERTS: You've earned it. I'm just so glad to see the smile back on your face. LeBron, thank you. I know how difficult—

JAMES: Thank you very much. Thank you.

ROBERTS: A lot of people wanna know of -- you know, you said you're going to Miami. Why did you come here to Greenwich, Connecticut, to make the announcement?

JAMES: We came here to let everyone know also because the decision I'm there -- all the proceeds from the announcement was going to the Boys and Girls Club. And I think if last time I heard we raised over $2.5 million to put inside Boys and Girls Club in Akron, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; New York City; Chicago; and Miami and those five places.

So also, the University of Phoenix is also donating five scholarships to my foundation to five privileged kids. So that's another aspect that I also focus on besides the court.

ROBERTS: And you'll still be involved with work—

JAMES: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely.

ROBERTS: --your foundation and that?

JAMES: Absolutely.

ROBERTS: All right. Yeah, this is great. And just the exposure that you've given Boys and Girls, so they've been walking around on cloud nine.

JAMES: Oh, they're having a great time. And that's one thing about kids. When you do something for them and you do something that's positive, they never forget about it. So I'm happy that I'm in a position where I can do it.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 11123824. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 11123824. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 11123824. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 11123824. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 11123824. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 11123824.
Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
  • |
  • 4
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...