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LeBron not only shows up for Akron event, but doesn't get booed into oblivion

Aug 7, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

In the aftermath of “The Decision,” a few Cleveland fans emerged from the rubble. Stumbling, mumbling to themselves, they asked a question, “Wait, LeBron’s got charity events in Akron in a few weeks. Is he even going to be able to show his face there?”

The question, apparently, is a resounding yes.

LeBron’s King for Kids Bikeathon went on as scheduled Saturday morning, and the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd was in attendance. There was, unsurprisingly, lower attendance for the event, but no extra security was added. The question would be how the crowd reacted to James’ arrival.

Cheers. Even some signs about Akron still loving the King.

There was talk of how James would be unable to show his face in Akron, again. But just as James himself had always alluded to, pointing out very clearly he was from Akron, and not Cleveland, there appears to be a disconnect between the two Ohio cities. The thought process that links the two is often from places outside of Cleveland, larger cities that don’t compete with another zipcode in-state. After all, Kansas City and St. Louis don’t much care what happens to the other, nor does Dallas get worked up if Houston gets the short stick. There’s a matter of public pride for your state, sure, but James also put Akron on the map, and thanked them publicly in the infamous Cleveland-omitted letter.

James is from Akron, Ohio. And while he can never return to Cleveland in peace, probably, apparently you can go home again. And bike, while you’re at it.

UPDATE: James actually publicly thanked the city of Cleveland in his remarks there. So prepare to hear about that for the rest of the day.

  1. DeeDub - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Move on Akron. Move on world. LeBron has.

  2. DeeDub - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    1,000 showed up at an event where 400 bikes were given away??? Those odds sounds good to me. Just saying.

  3. gd - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    LeBron made a terrible decision by doing “The Decision”, there’s no question. Had he not made a spectacle of it then the Cavs fans may not have reacted as they did. Having said that, he did have the right to choose to not return to the Cavs, which seems to most to be the real issue here. The fans and mostly the business owners of Cleveland have desperately tried to lean on the way he made his choice rather than say they hate the fact he’s left. He’s not the property of anyone there and though “The Decision” was truly tasteless and well, tacky, it was not HIS decision to make his choice such a production. The reaction of the owner…absolutely deplorable. Hey Cleveland…good luck getting any players under contract after that.

  4. williebobo - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Ain’t Cleveland a dump?

  5. GT - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Please note that Lebron has all the right where to play. Michael Jordan is originally from North Carolina but became famous by playing in the city of Chicago. Did North Carolina complain about that? Not really. Magic Johnson is originally from Detroit but became famous playing in Los Angeles. Did Detroit complain about that? Not really. Because Lebron was born in Ohio,it does not mean that he has to spend the rest of his career playing in that state. To insist on that would be unfair and a double standard.

  6. denissr - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    LeBron did right by Cleveland, he could have gone anywhere after High School, but he stayed in north east Ohio. He gave them 7 great years, lifted them up to a point they hadn’t been. BB is his profession; he needs to work where he thinks it is best for him. Cleveland should have showed their gratitude to him for the 7 years, but they just didn’t have the class.

  7. rocky - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    sure is a dump but i dont have to sit in 3hour traffic or pay 2000dollars for a appartment or 5bucks for a slice of pizza or 200hundeed dollars to see a ball game so i luv this dump!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. BlueMist - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Miami is not the desert, Shirl.

  9. Polo Fom Florida - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    The man’s job is playing basketball.You know basketball player.IF LeBron had chosen to stay in Cleveland he would have been the greatest guy on earth. He left, all the haters came out. Maybe you guys need group therapy.Contact Ron Artest for his psychiatrist phone number or you can get a life and move on.

  10. Anonymous - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    give it up. you’re too fat for him.

  11. Anonymous - Aug 7, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    hey denissr, how much labron can you possibly fit down your throat???

  12. michael - Aug 7, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Guys, bfore you criticize someones english you may want to refer to your dictionaries. “Alluded” in this article is used appropriately. “Elude” indeed would make no sense as it means to dodge or to avoid. The content of article itself is very uninteresting and I have no comment in refernce to it.

  13. Codae - Aug 7, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    I’m from Kansas City, and while I dont, a great deal of the city DOES root for the cardinals. Have you seen the royals this past decade?..I still love em tho.
    And all of you people making this a personal matter are throwing out all these “if” statements. The fact is, he’s NOT from Cleveland. Who cares how close they are. Damn why is this so hard to figure out? The man loves HOME. Just like I said before, I’m from Kansas City and as you all know it sits on the border of kansas and missouri. But you will NEVER hear a person from KCK claiming KCMO as home, or vice versa. I’m sure people in St.Louis, Missouri could give a s**t less about the people in East St.Louis, Illinois. Akron is Akron and Cleveland is Cleveland. So if LeBron was born in Cincinati you all would associate them with Cleveland as well? I know its further away but they’re still DIFFERENT cities! geesh..

  14. Cordae - Aug 7, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    lol@me spelling my name wrong. damn

  15. Okay - Aug 8, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    Lebron lived in Cleveland while he was in foster care. Had he lived in Akron he would have been placed with a family IN Akron. Leave him alone and speak from facts instead of speculation when trying to analyze his personal. It’s over he plays for Miami and his legacy will have a different ending than the one everyone had hoped for.

  16. Daffodil - Aug 8, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    He could have gone anywhere after HS? Excuse me, have you ever heard of the draft?

  17. EJ - Aug 8, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Cleveland folks, get over it… LB is a professional basketball player and American. The last time I checked, we live in the land of the free, and he can pick where he wants to work and play just like the rest of us. He gave you guys seven years and now he wants to live and play somewhere else. Go buy a season ticket if you’re that big of a Cavs supporter; they could use it!

  18. Saveahoe11 - Aug 8, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    First, the biggest star in the NBA gets 1,000 people to show up for his back athon and everyone acts like he’s forgiven? I have 1,000 facebook friends thats nothing. The Browns intra-squad scrimmage drew 25,000 and it was going on at the same time this was. No one is going to ride down to Akron to boo a guy at his charity event anyways. The way that this bikeathon has gone down the tubes since he started is telling of his business practices. This event drew 20,000 one year. And his hollow thanks Cleveland came off so bad and so past due thats is laughable. Good thing Maverick made it that one semester at Akron U, thats the mastermind running your show. Good luck and big FU from North east ohio

  19. Theresa Simpson - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    And when was this? LeBron went to Akron schools. SVSM is in Akron.

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