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“You’re Welcome LeBron” billboard with picture of Heat rings goes up in Akron

Aug 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

That billboard is now up in Akron. You can thank Miami-based Dan Le Batard for that (via @JeremyinAkron).

The writer for the Miami Herald better known for his ESPN Radio and television shows had tried to buy a newspaper ad to “thank” LeBron James for his time in Miami, which ended this summer when LeBron decided to return home.

In the same way you can’t blame LeBron for choosing to return home, you can’t blame Miami fans for feeling betrayed (the serious ones among them anyway, some of the bandwagon ones may not realize LeBron left until next season tips off). LeBron went to four Finals in four years with the Heat, can’t ask for a lot more than that.

Miami fans will have to console themselves with the fact they live in Miami. On the bright side, the Heat are a strong organization that should be back on top faster than the Dolphins become good again.

UPDATE: ESPN has suspended Le Batard two days for this stunt.

  1. 25yearindyfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    This is the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. Not the billboard itself, but the Miami fans agreeing with it’s message. Miami didn’t bring Bosh in. Lebron did. Without Lebron, there would’ve been no Bosh. Without Lebron and Bosh, there would’ve been no more rings.

    You’re welcome Miami. Lebron.

    • scorp16 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Except Bosh committed to Miami before LeBron did. Oops. So yes there would have been a Bosh in Miami even without LeBron

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Keep pretending Wade and Riley had nothing to do with it moron. Does Paul George still think the Pacers are the team to beat in the east?

  2. 25yearindyfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    He knew Lebron was going.

  3. cantonbound13 - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    What’s a Stu Gotz?

  4. haaaaasoooooo - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    It would be an awesome gesture if the billboard company donated the profit to Lebrons charity. LeBatard is a moron. Enjoy your 15 mins. You paid for it! Literally.

  5. fm31970 - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    I love that Comic Sans was used for the billboard title. Well played.

  6. qckappa - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Without LeBron Miami would not have gotten past the 2nd round. Any Miami fan that believes LeBron owes them anything is delusional. He was a hired gun to anyone paying attention and had any real awareness. Nothing against him or them in that regard, just the truth. Go Lakers!

  7. pdixon920 - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    I’m not a Cleveland fan, I’m not even a LeBron fan…but I’m pretty sure that should read: “Thank you LeBron, we wouldn’t have EITHER of these rings without you.”

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