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LeBron to Jefferson: “ESPN can't fire you, you're my friend”


We've all been killing time with podcasts, TV shows, and watching old games on League Pass. What every fan is hoping for is that ESPN will speed up the production of "The Last Dance," a ten-episode documentary series following the '97/'98 Chicago Bulls. That includes Richard Jefferson

LeBron James joined Jefferson, Channing Frye, and Allie Clifton on their "Road Trippin'" podcast, and they all expressed hope that ESPN would release the long-awaited documentary. Jefferson jokingly prefaced his appel with the hope that ESPN won't fire him when he says, "Release that shit!" LeBron assured him it's not going to happen and explained why.

“ESPN can't fire you RJ, you're my friend”

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