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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 EST

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. Bob - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    “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.”
    Difference is that people in K.C. don’t root for the Cards and the Rams, and people in Dallas don’t root for the Rockets and the (ha ha) Texans. Whether they like Cleveland or not, Akron has always been Cavs territory. And definitely during the last several years.
    Bet there are still plenty of sour grapes over there regarding LeRobin. But booing a guy at his own charity event is just bad form. That, combined with self-selection – why would someone who hates the guy show up for this thing? – probably has a lot to do with him getting applause.

  2. Mfd - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Akron is 35 miles from Cleveland. That’s the thought process that links the two.

  3. anon - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Yes, he is from Akron. However, he spent the last 7 years playing for the “hometown” CLEVELAND Cavaliers, and the city of Cleveland could not have had any more love for him if he had born in middle of downtown Cleveland.

  4. Jesse - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Until the Gund Arena was built, the Cavs played in Richfiled, OH which is closer to Akron than Cleveland. Akron is Cavs country indeed.

  5. Steve - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Bob – Not the same scenario. It would be alot if James was from Fort Worth, played in Dallas, and then only thanked Fort Worth for his success. Akron and Cleveland are quite alot like the DFW area in layout, as opposed to Dallas and Houston or KC and STL, which are all completely different cities.

  6. Dennis the Phantom Menace - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Dude, learn the difference between “eluded” and “alluded”. Journalism 101.

  7. William T. - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    I myself am from Akron, Ohio and I now live in Atlanta, Ga. People try to associate me with being from Cleveland but I am and will always be from Akron,born and raised. My sports teams are any Pro team from Cleveland no matter who is the star. Sports is a business and LeBron is now a professional businessman trying to achieve what any businessman wants out of life; a success story for all your personal efforts.

  8. Shirl - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    This is crazy. I think everyone needs to leave LeBron alone. There isn’t anything wrong with his leaving Cleveland. We all make choices for our lives daily, why should he be any different. While in Cleveland He played hard every time he hit the floor, he gave his all. The fans nor anyone else gets to make his decisions nor do they/we have that right.
    He should be allowed to live the life he has chosen without being nagged and treated with disrespect. He doesn’t deserve that, not to mention LeBron was a part of the team, not the entire team. If they can’t function without him, they have big problems. I really wish him the best even if he chose to move to the desert.

  9. Just Sayin - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Shouldn’t that be: “eluded” and “alluded.”
    Maybe that’s covered in Journalism 102.

  10. Bill - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Dennis,
    Learn the difference between “eluded” and “alluded”. Why you’re questioning the author’s correct usage of the word “alluded” is somewhat baffling.
    If you ever decide to take that Journalism 101 class you’ve alluded to, you’ll see why. Oh hell, I’ll do it for you:
    allude [əˈluːd]
    vb (intr; foll by to)
    1. to refer indirectly, briefly, or implicitly
    2. (loosely) to mention
    [from Latin allūdere, from lūdere to sport, from lūdus a game]
    Usage: Avoid confusion with elude

  11. Anonymous - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    It’s good to see all the flac that Lebron’s been taking start disappearing. And why all the condemnation for his leaving Cleveland? He’s one of the best of the best and why shouldn’t that entitle him to have the right to receive all the compensation the market will pay him and play for the team that will get him the Championship Ring he wants? After all, we’re still living in America, and (getting beyond all the smoke and hypocrisy) if any of the rest of us were walking in his shoes, we’d do the same thing in a heartbeat.

  12. Morgan9 - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    JustSayin – “eluded” and “alluded”. is correct. When you quote someone, the period is before the closed quotation mark. When you are using quotation marks to emphasize something, the period is after the quotation mark. BTW – shouldn’t that be “JustSatin'”?

  13. Morgan9 - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    JustSayin – “eluded” and “alluded”. is correct. When you quote someone, the period is before the closed quotation mark. When you are using quotation marks to emphasize something, the period is after the quotation mark. BTW – shouldn’t that be “JustSayin'”?

  14. gobindo - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    And your point is? Alluded has been the proper word here, not ‘eluded’, as you have alluded.

  15. LotteryPete - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Be nice to see LeBron beat Wilt’s single game scoring record when he plays in Cleveland the 1st time; that would be really showing the love.

  16. in FLORIDA - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    alluded v. eluded in covered in Journalism 102
    .
    Journalism 101 is where you learn that “yes” is actually the ANSWER not the QUESTION
    .
    where do they get these writers for these blogs? I can think of 100 people better qualified than the idiots they hire for this stuff.

  17. in FLORIDA - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    alluded v. eluded is covered in Journalism 102; it’s advanced coursework
    .
    Journalism 101 is where you learn that “yes” is actually the ANSWER not the QUESTION
    .
    where do they get these writers for these blogs? I can think of 100 people better qualified than the idiots they hire for this stuff.

  18. wearethem - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Reality check Lebron stalkers. Lebron was not actually looking at you when he faced the TV camera. He didn’t secretly make that winning basket just for you. He did not know your name and understand your innermost feelings. He never came over to your house and drank a beer with you. And I heard the sun did actually rise the day after he left Cleveland. Please, go on with your lives.

  19. Sathibaba - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Lebron is from AKRON and he will be OHIAN for ever. He has the right to decide what is good for himself, his future and family as well. Please have some respect while arguing against each other and don’t lose your sense of humanity as Americans. Stop being arrogant and move on.

  20. Larry - Aug 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Leave Lebron alone, the guy has done a lot of good charity work in both Akron and Cleveland. He havee every right to were he pleased just like everyone else. Therefore, Cleveland guys should stop hating and move on.

  21. Clevelander - Aug 7, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    A few observations from a Cleveland fan:
    (1) The vast majority of fans have better things to do then drive down to Akron just to boo Lebron at a charity event. I would hope that most fans have too much class to boo a charity event anywhere.
    (2) The Akron v. Cleveland distinction has been way overblown. It is a distinction that the Lebron camp is trying to underscore in order to soften the criticism for dissing his home town.
    (3) The Cleveland fans v. Lebron narrative has also been overhyped. Again, the Lebron camp is pushing this narrative in order to spin the story into a “what a bunch of crybabies Cleveland fans are.” That way the story isn’t “what a punk Lebron turned out to be,” or “why doesn’t Lebron’s p.r. team know anything about p.r.” The majority, and harshist, of the media criticism has come from national publications. Trust me when I say that there are many NBA fans who reside outside of Cleveland and have issues with what LBJ did and with the idea of a superteam in Miami.
    (4) What should concern both LBJ and the NBA was that only 1,000 people showed up for an event where 400 bikes were given away. The real danger to the league is not anger, that will subside. The real danger is indifference. When apologists keep repeating to the fans that the NBA is just a business and that everyone has the right to act out of his own self interest, eventually the fans come to appreciate what they are being asked to buy.

  22. Anonymous - Aug 7, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    HEY SHIRL GO BACK TO YHR KITCHRN WHERE YOU BELONG !! LEBRON IS A CLASSLESS SCUMBAG WHO CONNED MANY PEOPLE AND A EGOMANANIAC ON TOP OF IT!!!!

  23. DC - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    If Lebron wants to help rehabilitate his image, he could emphasize the tax disadvantages of staying in Cleveland. Is it really a coincidence that James, Bosh, and Wade all signed at the same time in a state with no income tax? I seriously doubt it.
    Ohio (and New York) taxpayers should be outraged. Not because Lebron left, but we are stuck with world-class corruption and excessive taxation — with or without a star basketball player.

  24. ron - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    hey shirl. why should we leave him alone. he didnt care about anybody but himself when he did that arrogant narcisistic espn tv show to stick it to cleveland and show america what egomaniac he is. none of this backlash would have happened if he just picked a team posted on website like every other player does. oh but i forgot he is a king. he deserves all the boos and everything he is getting. i am sure an apology would help but i forgot kings dont apoligize. what a loser. someday he may realize all he does is play basketball.

  25. RB - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Bob, is your name because you bob on the knob? Texan Fan!

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