LeBron Will Host SNL Premier

King James will be live from New York
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2007 5:16 AM CDT
%u201CMy Lebrogative,%u201D during the opening of the 15th annual ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – NBA superstar LeBron James will host this September's premier of Saturday Night Live, NBC said yesterday. The 22-year-old, who took the Cleveland Cavaliers to a franchise-first NBA Finals last season, got good reviews recently for co-hosting the ESPYs with comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

The first overall pick in 2003's NBA draft, James has established himself as one of basketball's most popular players. With his U.S. National team prepping for upcoming Olympic qualifiers, the All-Star is hardly taking it easy this off-season. The last professional athletes to host SNL was Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.