LeBron James Joins Saturday Night Live for Season Premiere

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NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James is treating his appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" season premiere like a fast break.

"I'm going to just wing it," the Cavaliers All-Star forward said Thursday during a rehearsal break.

James is practicing this week with his new teammates at "SNL," where he'll become the latest superstar to host the show.

The 22-year-old's humorous Nike ads, in which he plays four versions of himself, and his co-hosting performance at the ESPYs made Lorne Michaels believe James would do well on the show.

"You can tell when someone has a sense of humor or a least enough perspective on themselves to able to laugh at stuff," said Michaels, the show's creator and executive producer.

James got his lines Wednesday and did a read-through Thursday, leading Michaels to believe "The Chosen One" might have another natural gift.

"He's really good at this stuff," Michaels said.

James follows in the footsteps of his boyhood idol, Michael Jordan, who hosted the 1991 season premiere. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning appeared on the show last season, and other stars such as Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky have had memorable performances.

Michaels said he believes athletes have been successful on the show because they're fearless.

"They're used to being in front of a large group of people and not knowing how it's going to turn out," Michaels said.

James, who says he doesn't get nervous for big games, is treating the show no differently and said collaborating with the writers and actors has made him comfortable with the sketches.

"They make you feel like you're one of them," James said.

When James co-hosted the ESPYs with Jimmy Kimmel, he appeared in several skits, danced and sang a version of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" with rewritten lyrics about his own fame.

He wouldn't say whether he has another song and dance routine planned for this weekend's show, which also features Kanye West.

"I want to make an impression," James said. "Just go out there and be original and have some fun."
 

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people still watch SNL?
 

Chino Kapone

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im dvring this episode. especially after the Peyton Manning episode last year, i expect this on to be pretty good.
 

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Lorne made him pick between the Yankees and Indians so he's supposedly wearing a Yankee hat for the monologue.

And I doubt this tops Peyton's SNL.
 

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I just started watchin and have pretty much fast forwarded through to it live. I can't get passed the first 10 seconds of any skit.

How this this show still on the air? There's nothing even remotely funny about any of these bits.
 

Budyzir

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Why is this show still on? I lasted maybe 10 minutes before going to something else.
 
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I can usually sit through an entire episode of SNL, but this one was pretty lame. I didn't make it through the first hour and moved on to more interesting fare... Which, in this case, was Erin Brokovitch.

Yes, SNL was THAT bad last night.
 

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The Kanye skit where they showed videos of him bitching about not winning awards and stealing them from the real winners was pretty good. He was upset at not winning a Kids Choice Award, a Nobel Physics Prize etc.

Other then that, pure garbage. Even Weekend Update wasn't funny.
 

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The Kanye skit was good, but went on a little long.

The digital short was good, I enjoyed Adam Levine just showing up out of nowhere. Lebron as a solid gold dancer was funny, and the High School Musical 3 skit.