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Want a LeBron James license plate? That could be coming to Ohio.

Aug 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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So yes, the LeBron James fever in Cleveland is bubbling over the top a little.

In a move that I’m sure is solely motivated by his excitement about LeBron returning to Northeast Ohio to lead the Cavaliers — and is in no way just a politician trying to grab on to the hot thing to boost his image and reputation *cough* — an Ohio legislator has suggested the state commission a LeBron James license plate.

I so wish I were making this up, but the Associated Press has the details.

State Rep. Bill Patmon is planning to introduce legislation to permit the sale of a commemorative ”LeBron James Witness 2.0” plate honoring the Akron native’s decision return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

”When LeBron came home, it was a big deal for us,” said the Democrat from Cleveland. ”It might not be for the rest of the world, but it’s a big deal for Cleveland.’’

Um, it was a big deal for the rest of the sports world, although I’m not sure about the “world.” I’m pretty confident rice farmers in Thailand don’t really care, and there are people in Sudan with more pressing concerns. But as sports stories go it was a big deal and we saw you all were pretty pumped up there, Mr. Patmon.

And apparently Ohio gives out specialty license plates like rolls of Smarties on Halloween — the state has 150 of them already. Patmon pushed through a Superman specialty plate because the comic book character was created by two Clevelanders. However, there are no plates commemorating a real person, dead or alive.

The extra money raised could be directed to charity, I suppose, but still…

What is Patmon going to propose if Johnny Manziel turns out to be the real deal?

  1. canucks30 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Kevin Love

    • reesesteel23 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      needs to play defense

  2. canucks30 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Kyrie Irving

    • reesesteel23 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      is pretty nice

  3. canucks30 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    LeBron James

    • reesesteel23 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      will get Cleveland their first ring.

  4. campcouch - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Mind loss engaged. Football season activate!

  5. Hard On For Harden - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Well, if you had not lectured all of us for two years how there was zero chance LBJ would ever go back to Cleveland, and that we were stupid folks who wore tinfoil hats to suggest otherwise, we all would have viewed it as a more realistic possibility and the reaction wouldn’t be so wildly over the top.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      You hit the nail on the head.

    • BrownsTown - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Yeah, I missed when the servings of crow were consumed. A real man owns up to his big talk, even when proven incorrect.

  6. ripdipbob - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    How many seasons till LeBron goes back into being hated by just about everyone? 2 seasons w/o a championship or 3? Cause he ain’t winning in Cleveland you could bet on that

    • Hard On For Harden - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Disagree. Worst case scenario, it’s the NBA, where amazing officiating happens which create amazing storylines.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      If he stays in Cleveland… never. He was only hated after The Decision. People mocked him for being ringless in Cleveland the first time around, but they didn’t hate him.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Alternate headline: Future spurned Cavaliers fans to burn LeBron license plates rather than jerseys.

  8. twinfan24 - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Great, now the fans will burn their cars the next time he leaves. These are about as much of a joke as the paper “ownership” shares for the Packer fans that blow their money on them.

  9. lawyermalloy - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    I guess when he “opts-out” after 2 years, it’ll be a nice collectors item!

  10. seasickcecil - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Actually Lebron will be opting out after next season: http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2014/07/heres_why_lebron_james_signed.html

  11. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    The first plate to honor a living person?
    Does that mean the state that has produced the most astronauts (a job slightly harder and more noteworthy than hoops) has yet to honor any of them while alive?
    Priorities, Ohio.

  12. tombstone7 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    HELL NO!

  13. footballfather - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Just when I thought Ohio couldn’t get any worse…..

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