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Akron putting up signs saying “Home of LeBron James”

Aug 21, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

ADDITION Lebron Honored Basketball AP

While that nearby city Cleveland still treats the name “LeBron James” like Hogwarts treats the name “Voldemort,” Akron is a different place. With a different feel. And a different story.

Akron is where LeBron was born and raised, and there he still has fans. Family and friends that love him.

And now he has signs, too.

Nine entrances to the city of Akron will have signs that read “home of LeBron James, 2012 Olympic Gold Medal, 2012 NBA Championship, 2012 NBA MVP. Here are the details from the Beacon Journal (via The Basketball Jones):

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic also unveiled the newest honor to Akron’s most famous resident ¬¬— blue and white signs that will be posted at nine major entrances to Akron that proclaim the city his home.

“For my money, he’s the greatest Akronite because he cares about Akron,” Plusquellic said.

The “greatest?” More than Angie Everhart? More than the guys from The Black Keys? More than Mike or Bob Golic? More than Grandpa Jones from “Hee-Haw?” More than Harvey Firestone (as in the tires)?

Yup, probably ahead of them. Firestone is close.

But I’d have him third, behind all the guys fro Devo and the winner overall, Chrissie Hynde (the Pretenders). LeBron’s going to need more rings to get past them.

  1. miamatt - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Man, winning sure solves a lot of problems, huh?

  2. acdc363 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I like this move. Bury the hatchet already!

  3. holleywood9 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Your first sentence is terrible. Can’t even read past something written that terribly. One of the problems with the world today!

    • royistheboy - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      I no longer read Helin articles, I just skip to the boxed off quotes.

  4. numba1recx19 - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Only a matter of time till some obsessive Cleveland Levon haters take a drive up to those signs and do something to them…..

  5. knightrider1755 - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    More than Ruby and the Romantics, Howard Hewett and the late Michael Dokes? Quite an honor Lebron, and you deserve it.

    • dacapt704 - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      wow..I didnt know Michael Dokes died…I used to like to watch him box RIP

  6. fm31970 - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Did they chose the font for that sign while blindfolded? Ugh.

    Are they going to amend the signs if he wins more awards/championships? Seems a bit premature to me.

  7. ljl2 - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Think its funny he still was booed at “LeBron James Day” at the Akron Aeros (minor league baseball) game.

  8. newyorkfootballjets - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    I stopped reading after the harry potter reference

  9. donrwells3 - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    …Man, he’s a great basketball player. He doesn’t need more rings to prove anything. He doesn’t need to be “debated” by anyone who’s watched a few basketball games in their life.

    In other words, STFU about LeBron and his wrongdoings or whatever. Let it go. He’s just a dude who happens to be really good at basketball. Why is he talked about so much in this manner?

    Any celebrity with even a minimal amount of nationwide success gets a sign in their city. It’s a wonder it took this long. I’m glad he got nine.

    • BrownsTown - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:02 AM

      I think you need to let it go.

  10. flyingvien - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Don’t forget about Tim “Ripper” Owens as a famous Akron…ite? He fronted some band called Judas Priest and has had a pretty good career since.

  11. mrlitl - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    I liked the Harry Potter reference.

  12. eventhorizon04 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    LeBron’s also been active in Akron in terms of charitable giving and spends parts of his offseasons there.

    It’s hard to stay mad at a guy who buys computers for the local public schools.

  13. BrownsTown - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Or how about Nate Thurmond…..since this is, you know, a basketball site.

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