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LeBron James sent cupcakes to Akron neighbors to apologize for commotion caused by his free agent decision

Jul 23, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

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As the news reports began to come in and fans in Ohio realized that LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers was becoming more and more likely, for some reason that inspired many of them to head to LeBron’s neighborhood in the Bath Township just to …

Actually, we have no idea why people did this.

James wasn’t even home, nor was he anywhere in the state. He was in Las Vegas at the time this all went down, and none of it was technically his fault.

But considering the commotion his free agent decision ultimately caused, James apparently felt that an apology of sorts was in order.


So, on Tuesday night, James sent a team from a Fairlawn, Ohio, bakery around his immediate neighborhood in Bath Township to deliver cupcakes to apologize for the traffic jams caused by the interest in James’ return earlier this month.

“Dear Friend,” read a card that came with the treats. “We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.”

The card noted that the two kinds of cupcakes in the box were originally devised for James’ foundation. Each box contained six “Just A Kid From Akron Cherry Cola” cupcakes and six “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk” cupcakes.

It’s a nice gesture from James, although what his neighbors would likely prefer is the same thing those descending on his house in advance of his decision are hoping for — a Cavaliers championship.

  1. beach305 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Someone brought up a good point: Is the combo of Lebron-Love-Irving better than the combo of Lebron-Bosh-Wade? I say it’s about even.

    Bosh had the same numbers as love when he was with the Raptors and Bosh is a better Defender. Also, Love has a history of injuries.

    Irving while younger has been more injury prone than Wade at this points in his career.

    At this point if the Cav’s don’t trade for Love and stay with Lebron-Wiggins-Irving I don’t think that makes them better. What the Cav’s would have is POTENTIONAL but for all we know Wiggins could end up being a bust.

    It will be interesting to see how far the Cleveland goes this year.

    • bucrightoff - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      So basically Bosh had the same numbers as Love at Love’s age (Bosh is 31 now, Love 25), even though thats not actually true either. Kevin Love is one of only 5 players since the merger to average 26 points and 12 rebounds in a season. Chris Bosh is not one of those players, though the other 4 are all HOFers.

      So LeBron just got a younger, much better version of Bosh and Kyrie is at worst a push against Wade. Suggesting he went sideways by going from Miami to Cleveland is simply not true.

      • money2long - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        I think his point was comparing the trios when they were at their peak.

        Anyway, I think love is a dramatic upgrade over bosh. Both at their peaks of course.
        And wade vs kyrie at their peaks id take wade. But lebron’s style goes better with a shooter.
        I also think kyrie is a better shot creator than wade. So it will help when lebron is sitting.

        I love the potential Cleveland big three over what the heat did overall over the last 4 yrs.

      • beach305 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        Bosh average 24pts and 10.9 rebounds with the Raptors. He is a much better defender then Love is and Love like Irving has missed significant playing time due to injuries.

        What good is youth if you are always hurt? Again, I think both lineups are about the same.

      • beach305 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        You also forget that Love’s averages will go down playing with Lebron and Irving, just like it was with Bosh. Bosh went from a PF who was never father then 10 feet from the rim, to a 3pt center.

        I’m interested to see if Cleveland follows Miami’s blueprint and uses Love like Bosh was.

      • bucrightoff - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        People acting like Kevin Love is the worst defender in the league should (if they can) read the ESPN insider article today that clearly shows Kevin Love is nowhere near as bad a defender as he’s being made out to be. Also of note, Love put up those numbers against a brutal Western Conference schedule. Against a very weak East? Those numbers could easily go up.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        @ beach

        About Love’s averages going down with LBJ. You cited Bosh being within 10 feet of the rim and then moving out to the 3 pt line.

        Several points sir.

        #1 Bosh was the number 1 option in Toronto.

        #2 Bosh was the number 3 option in Miami behind LBJ and Wade

        #3 In 7 seasons with Toronto, Bosh averaged 19.7 points per 36 min’s of court time (as the number 1 option).

        #4 In 4 seasons with Miami, Bosh averaged 18.3 points per 36 min’s of court time (as the number 3 option).

        Bosh’s numbers didn’t really drop when he left Toronto to play with the Heat.

        Bosh’s PER while only with Toronto was 21.3 and his Heat only PER was 19.4

        Bosh, for being FURTHER from the basket with the Heat actually had a HIGHER true shooting percentage with the Heat than he did while with Toronto.

        Bosh’s offensive rating was the SAME 113 with both teams.

        Bosh had a higher win share per 48 min’s with the Heat than he had with Toronto.

        Bosh’s rebounds did drop with the Heat but only by 1.3 boards per 36 min’s of court time, so not all that much.

        I’m not saying Love’s numbers will go down with LBJ, but I don’t see where they have to based on what happened to Bosh.

    • cnyle01 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Didn’t know potential had so many letters lol. Even if the 3 are a wash the cavs have a younger stronger bench.

      • beach305 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Well if you get Miller and Allen, does that make it so. Miami didn’t sign a lot of their veterans back. Lewis and Jones both signed elsewhere. Miami has signed Napier and Ennis coming in.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      The biggest difference is 1) Love is one of the best rebounders in the league and 2) Love and Irving aren’t afraid to shoot threes.

      Bosh on the Wolves would be about the same as Love on the Wolves from a defensive standpoint (maybe even worse). People forget that Bosh was the starting PF on one of the worst defensive teams in recent memory.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Did LeBron send you any cupcakes?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        He’s sent us all spiritual cupcakes.

    • campcouch - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      that’s a pretty big turn from a cupcake story lol

  2. spthegr8 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Who wants to make a bet that, Anti was there and may still be there waiting for Lbj.??

    • billtetley53 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Oh, how cute. A Kobe nuthugger making fun of a Lebron James fan.
      Just another in the long list of hypocritical comments from LA fans.

      • money2long - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Why bring Kobe into this ?
        Why do ppl always want to use Kobe’s name lol

      • moppop - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        It’d be prudent to mention the irony in bill’s post.

    • spthegr8 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      While we are on the topic of “Nuthugging”, Why don’t you hop off of mine. What’s hypocritical about me making a joke about Anti.? You have a SICK obsession with us Laker fans. Get a LIFE!! Isn’t it nap time @ the nursing home right now anyway??

    • antistratfordian - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Very original! Kudos!

      But I’m not a LeBron fan like that. I wouldn’t run out on court with a message on my shirt or fly to Miami to try to sneak into a club he’s at (talking about that one dude from Cleveland). I don’t buy LeBron merchandise. I’ve never bought a LeBron jersey or LeBron’s shoes. I don’t follow his instagram. My wife tells me when anything interesting comes up on his instagram. I just admire his game and I’m a believer in his game being pure basketball truth.

  3. ptownbearsfan420 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Nope. He’s right. Can’t give the fat arsses a ring immediately. So what do you do.. Give em chocolate. Smart man lol

    • money2long - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      It was his wife’s idea I bet.

  4. coryfor3 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Cherry Cola?

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      darn straight!

      good stuff man

      Cherry Coke is where its at (and cherries in general too)

  5. cantonbound13 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Andrew Bynam wishes he stayed in Cleveland & lived near LeBron now.

    • money2long - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      I think lebron wishes the opposite.

  6. dls612 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    That picture says it all! Mmmm cupcakes.

  7. jzone954 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    We will just have to see. Bosh, Wade And LBJ was a special trio who when they were on , they were unbeatable. Love is good, but still a liability on defense and Kyrie has to stay healthy. I mean has to, even cavs fans know The percentage of Kyrie lasting a whole season, is not high.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      You might be right about Irving, but Wade was missing games due to his knee maintenance plan so it could be a wash, unless Irving misses 30+ games.

  8. bdazzler00 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    This article brings up a question I have, and I admittedly have not read “the letter”. Has Lebron, whether in the letter or any other interview, convey any direct sentiment towards the city of miami and it’s fans? If so, can someone paraphrase what he said?

    • bdazzler00 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Never mind, I just read it. No mention of the fans at all, and only one short sentence about the city. I think heat fans deserved at least a thank you for their support and the 4 great years. Oh well, can’t wait to knock them out of the playoffs next year!!! Hopefully a great rivalry will be formed, there’s not enough of them in the NBA anymore.

  9. cranespy - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Lebron owned the NBA world when he made it right with his letter and his return home…..if he truly meant what he said in the letter…he returns to the Cavs as they are. To do anything else to push for a trade of Wiggins and Bennett and a #1 pick for K Love is disingenuous. He just said he wanted to mentor the young, to help them get to a championship…,it won’t be easy…it will require patience…it will test his.

    Which is it Lebron….the sage old man who returns to mentor the young and strive for a championship OR is it the same ole South Beach Lebro who has to build his own version of the Big 3 in Cleveland.

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