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NBA [HOME] June 14, 2003

LeBron James Interview




LeBron James is expected to be the top pick in the 2003 NBA draft. He spoke to the media at the Chicago pre-draft camp during the June 7-8 interview sessions.

Q: How much have you talked to Jim Paxson and what are your impressions at this point?

LeBron James: I havenít talked to him very much, but he when I talked to him, he sounded like a really good guy. I am hoping to build a relationship because I think as a player, it is good to build a relationship with the front office and try to carry that out onto the floor. And that is what I am going to try to do.

Q: Have you met with Coach Silas yet?

LeBron James: I have not met with him yet. I donít know him individually, but I have seen the work he has done for the Hornets. Hopefully, he can carry that on to the Cavaliers and be successful.

Q: Can you tell us what you have been doing since the lottery? Have you made any Nike commercials yet (laughter)?

LeBron James: Itís been the same. There have been a lot of workouts. Nothing has changed much since the lottery, other than knowing where I am going to be on June 26, knowing I am going to the Cavs. I have talked to some of the players, but I knew them already, since I only live 30 miles away in Akron. So nothing much has changed for me.

Q: What do you think about the large Nike contract?

LeBron James: It made me feel good, like the hard work has paid off. You really canít explain it. I am just happy to be part of the Nike family.

Q: Can you talk about the transition from high school to the professional ranks?

LeBron James: I get asked that question a lot, but I donít know what transition I am going to have to make, because I havenít played at that level yet. Maybe after 10 or 15 games, or by the All-Star break, I will be able to tell you what I had to change. But I havenít played an NBA game yet.

Q: Can you talk about your decision to hire Aaron Goodwin as your agent, what you saw in him?

LeBron James: I just thought he was the best fit for me. I felt like we had a lot of things in common. I thought he was the best for what I was going to try to do in my career. I felt he was the best choice.

Q: Do you think you will play point guard next year or will it be small forward?

LeBron James: I think whatever position Coach Silas wants to put me at, that will be best for the Cavs. Maybe not center or power forward, I donít think I will be able to play those positions. But one through three I think I can do pretty well for the team.

Q: What specifically do you bring to each position?

LeBron James: To all the positions, I just bring the determination to win. Me being an unselfish player, I think that can carry on to my teammates. When you have one of the best players on the court being unselfish, I think that transfers to the other players. Thatís what I think I can bring to the Cavs.

Q: You have obviously seen what excitement you have already brought to the Cavs. Has that given you a different feeling about the pressure you will be under to be the savior for your hometown team?

LeBron James: I hear that word pressure all the time. There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I donít put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.

Q: Can you tell us about the week where you signed the shoe deal and the Cavs won the lottery the same week?

LeBron James: The week was really crazy. I knew I was going to sign my shoe contract the day before the lottery. My friends were probably more excited than me. My friends were excited that I was going to stay in Cleveland. It was real emotional for me and my family. Iím glad everything happened the way I wanted it to.

Q: Have you bought any treats or gifts for yourself since you signed the shoe deal?

LeBron James: I havenít done much. My friends probably spent more than I do. I donít need too much. Glamour and all that stuff donít excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life. is the online leader in pro basketball coverage.

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