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  • >> Jimmy: HOW ARE YOU?

  • >> I'M GOOD, I'M GOOD, I'M GOOD.

  • >> Jimmy: THANKS FOR COMING.

  • I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS FOR

  • YOU.

  • IT'S WEIRD TO SEE YOU IN GREEN,

  • THOUGH, I HAVE TO SAY.

  • IT'S LIKE IT'S UPSETTING IN A

  • WAY.

  • >> WELL, MAYBE I JUST WANT TO

  • PAY, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE HOMAGE

  • TO LARRY BIRD.

  • >> Jimmy: YEAH, YEAH.

  • [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

  • OR HOMAGE TO ALL THE MONEY YOU

  • JUST GAVE LeBRON.

  • >> WE GAVE HIM A LOT.

  • >> Jimmy: YEAH, RIGHT, YOU DID.

  • >> THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE, I

  • GOT IN TROUBLE.

  • >> Jimmy: I KNOW.

  • >> MAKE SURE I DON'T GET IN

  • TROUBLE TODAY.

  • >> Jimmy: YOU KNOW, I GOT IN

  • TROUBLE TOO.

  • PEOPLE WERE MAD AT ME BECAUSE

  • THERE WAS A FINE ASSESSED.

  • THE LEAGUE TAKES THESE FREE

  • AGENT CONVERSATIONS VERY

  • SERIOUSLY.

  • >> $500,000.

  • >> Jimmy: $500,000 AS A RESULT

  • OF YOUR APPEARANCE ON THIS SHOW.

  • >> AND WE HAVE A GOOD TIME TOO.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • BUT THE THING I WOULD MAD AT,

  • EVERYBODY OUT HERE, JIMMY DIDN'T

  • CALL ME TO SAY, HEY, I'MA THROW

  • IN $100,000, $3 200,000.

  • >> Jimmy: NO.

  • >> I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO

  • CALL SAYING, I'M GOING TO HELP

  • YOU OUT.

  • >> Jimmy: YEAH, NO.

  • WELL, DON'T YOU GET LIKE $800

  • FOR BEING HERE?

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • THAT'S MY CONTRIBUTION.

  • >> OKAY, YOU MADE YOUR

  • CONTRIBUTION THAT WAY.

  • >> Jimmy: A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO

  • YOU ANNOUNCED IF YOU WERE UNABLE

  • AS PRESIDENT OF BASKETBALL

  • OPERATIONS TO BRING A MAJOR FREE

  • AGENT TO THE LAKERS, YOU WOULD

  • QUIT, YOU WOULD RESIGN, YOU

  • WOULD CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A

  • FAILURE.

  • AT THAT TIME DID YOU HAVE A GOOD

  • IDEA THAT YOU WERE GOING TO GET

  • LeBRON?

  • >> NO.

  • >> Jimmy: YOU DID NOT.

  • >> NO.

  • BUT I HAD CONFIDENCE IN MYSELF

  • AND ALSO THE LAKER BRAND, THE

  • LAKER YOUNG PLAYERS THAT WE

  • HAVE.

  • LUKE WALTON AS THE COACH.

  • YOU KNOW, ROB POLINKA AND I WILL

  • DO OUR HOMEWORK, AND WE REALLY

  • THOUGHT WE HAD A GREAT PLAN TO

  • INTRODUCE TO LeBRON.

  • WHEN YOU GOT AN OWNER LIKE

  • JEANIE BUSS, I THINK ALL THOSE

  • THINGS -- I THINK WE HAD A

  • STRONG ARGUMENT TO HIM TO COME

  • JOIN THE LAKERS.

  • AND SO I COULDN'T WAIT TO GET IN

  • FRONT OF HIM BECAUSE I HAD

  • WATCHED ALL THE FILM ON HIM WHEN

  • HE WAS WITH CLEVELAND, THE FIRST

  • TIME, WHEN HE WAS WITH MIAMI,

  • THEN WHEN HE WENT BACK TO

  • CLEVELAND.

  • SO I HAD A SENSE OF HIS GAME.

  • AND WHAT HE WANTED IN TERMS OF

  • WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR.

  • BUT I HAD TO GET IN FRONT OF HIM

  • TO JUST --

  • >> Jimmy: SELL HIM ON IT?

  • >> WHERE WE ARE, THAT'S RIGHT.

  • >> Jimmy: IT'S INTERESTING HOW

  • IT WORKS.

  • YOU MENTIONED THAT FINE.

  • BECAUSE THE RULES ARE VERY

  • STRICT.

  • AT 9:01 P.M., THAT'S ON JUNE

  • 30th, THAT'S WHEN YOU ARE ABLE

  • TO START SPEAKING TO LeBRON.

  • >> THAT'S RIGHT.

  • >> Jimmy: NOT A MINUTE BEFORE

  • THAT.

  • >> NOT A MINUTE BEFORE.

  • >> Jimmy: YOU DO GO TO HIS

  • HOUSE.

  • DID HE INVITE YOU TO HIS HOUSE.

  • DO YOU CALL AND SAY, I'D LIKE TO

  • COME TO YOUR HOUSE?

  • >> THAT'S GOOD.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • YEAH WE HAD TO CALL AND ASK FOR

  • PERMISSION.

  • >> Jimmy: I SEE, YES.

  • >> TO HAVE A MEETING.

  • BUT ROB CALLED, HIS AGENT.

  • AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT RICH

  • PAWS, HIS AGENT.

  • WE TALKED AND SAID LeBRON WOULD

  • LOVE TO HAVE A MEETING WITH THE

  • LAKERS BUT HE WANTS TO HAVE IT

  • WITH MAGIC SO THAT'S WHAT

  • HAPPENED.

  • >> Jimmy: THEN WERE YOU EXCITED?

  • GREAT, I GET TO BE IN THERE BY

  • MYSELF?

  • OR DID YOU RATHER ROB WAS THERE,

  • THE WHOLE TEAM WAS THERE?

  • >> I WAS READY, MAN.

  • >> Jimmy: YOU WERE READY TO DO

  • IT.

  • >> YEAH, YEAH.

  • [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

  • I WORK BEST BY MYSELF.

  • I SHOWED UP AT 8:00.

  • >> Jimmy: YOU SHOWED UP AT 8:00.

  • BEFORE YOU TOOK THIS MEETING

  • WITH LeBRON, DID YOU SPEAK TO

  • LONZO BALL'S FATHER TO MAKE SURE

  • IT WAS OKAY?

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • OKAY TO RECRUIT HIM TO BE A PART

  • OF THE TEAM?

  • >> I WOULD HAVE CALLED YOU FIRST

  • BEFORE I CALLED LAVAR BALL,

  • TRUST ME.

  • [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

  • NO, I DIDN'T CALLA VAUR.

  • >> Jimmy: YOU DID NOT CALL,

  • OKAY.

  • >> NO, AND ASK PERMISSION.

  • SO I GOT TO 8:00 --

  • >> Jimmy: YOU'RE AN HOUR EARLY,

  • WHAT DID YOU DO, SIT IN THE CAR?

  • >> THAT'S RIGHT.

  • I'M AN ON-TIME GUY.

  • I WAS JUST HOPING THAT I DIDN'T

  • HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM.

  • I WAS LIKE, OKAY.

  • >> Jimmy: IT WOULD BE A WEIRD

  • WAY TO START.

  • >> EXACTLY.

  • I WOULD HAVE GOT FINED BECAUSE I

  • HAD TO GO EARLY, RIGHT?

  • >> Jimmy: YEAH, RIGHT.

  • THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ANPEE, YEA.

  • YOU GET TO LeBRON'S HOUSE.

  • >> I'M SITTING OUT THERE.

  • I WAIT FOR 9:00.

  • SO AT 9:00 I INCH TO THE GHATE.

  • >> Jimmy: OKAY.

  • >> I DON'T RING THE BUZZER TILL

  • 9:01.

  • >> Jimmy: THEY REALLY HAVE YOU

  • PARANOID.

  • >> OH, MAN.

  • THEY HAD ME SO SCARED.

  • >> Jimmy: IT'S CRAZY.

  • >> BECAUSE YOUR HALF MILLION

  • DOLLARS I WAS THINKING ABOUT

  • THAT.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • >> Jimmy: YEAH.