The interview serves as LeBron’s first since joining the Los Angeles Lakers.
Following the opening of his new school, LeBron James has sat down with ESPN for his first interview since joining the Los Angeles Lakers as a forward. During the lengthy conversation — which happens to take place at James’ school — James talks about the school and how it came to fruition, joining the Lakers, and using his platform to speak out against the current political climate in America.
In regards to the Lakers, James referred to the team as a “historical franchise” equal to the Cowboys and the Patriots and said he wants to bring the team back up to a championship level.
“Obviously, the Lakers haven’t made the playoffs in a few years, but the Lakers organization and the historical franchise matches up there with all the greats,” the athlete said. “… for me to be a part of that, I think it’s a great moment for not only me but for my family and for the history of basketball in general.”
James also spoke about his new school, the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, and how he considers it his greatest moment.
“…how did we get to a school? That’s what we’re all trying to figure out,” he said. “…I think it just shows growth, from me as a basketball player as well. From the bike-a-thon to who I am as a basketball player, and it shows the growth throughout our foundation and how we can continue to get better and better and better and kind of just, like, not having a ceiling.”
“I don’t have a ceiling to how much I can improve my game, and we as a foundation don’t have a ceiling on how much we can improve our community, to a point where we have a school,” he continued. “We literally have a school. It’s not a charter school, it’s not a private school, it’s a real-life school in my hometown. And this is pretty cool.”
Previously, James spoke with Don Lemon, where the pair talked about Donald Trump.
“We are in a position right now in America…where this race thing has taken over, one because I believe our president is kind of trying to divide us,” James said before elaborating:
“He’s dividing us and what I’ve noticed over the last few months […] he’s kinda used sport to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white and I got the opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends. Sports has never been something that divides people it’s always been something that brings someone together.”