LeBron James Discusses Helping Young NBA Stars with CNN's Rachel Nichols

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 30, 2014

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The Miami Heat may be in the process of winning their third consecutive NBA championship, but that isn't stopping four-time league MVP LeBron James from offering his experience to his counterparts.

In an interview with CNN's Rachel Nichols that's set to air on Unguarded with Rachel Nichols on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on CNN, the 29-year-old superstar discusses his efforts to assist younger players on and off the court.

Here's an excerpt from the interview:

The interview, which will cover multiple topics that go beyond James' work with fellow NBA players, will be featured alongside interviews with NASCAR star Kurt Busch and NFL defensive standout J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, as noted by the show's official Twitter account:

In the above excerpt, James talks about giving back to the game of basketball in more ways than showcasing his talent on a nightly basis, per the interview with Nichols:

You know for me, I feel like me playing the game is just a small token of what I have to give to this game. You know, me giving my knowledge to guys, younger guys coming up after me. I have no problem with doing that because I'm not going to be able to play this game forever. Even if I'm competing against these guys, you know, I'm not going to give them tips while I'm competing against them. But at the same time, I don't mind lending a hand.

Nichols went on to ask James if Michael Jordan or other stars helped teach him the ropes when he first burst onto the scene back in the early 2000s. After James answered with a resounding "no," Nichols asked if that surprised him, to which James responded:

"No, I think it's whoever you are. You can't expect for someone to do something that they're not comfortable with or not accustomed to doing. For me, it just came natural."

You can catch the interview in its entirety on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on CNN. You can also watch James in action in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN as the Heat attempt to secure their fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.  

As ESPN Stats & Info notes, James could potentially make individual history on Friday:

With a win at home on Friday night, James and the Heat would be just four wins away from securing a third straight championship and solidifying themselves as one of the all-time great dynasties in sports.

Meanwhile, James would inch one ring closer to Michael Jordan, whose six championships dwarfed James' accomplishments not long ago.