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Highlights of LeBron James’ homecoming event in Akron

Aug 13, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

It was impressive — 30,000 people turned out in Akron to welcome LeBron James back to Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This felt different and lacked the backlash of the big “welcome to Miami” pep rally when LeBron and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami. For one, there were no brash “not three, not four, etc..” statements, there were not the same pyrotechnics (literally and figuratively). LeBron has been careful to tamp down expectations this time around (if I can win just one title for northeast Ohio…). Secondly, people love the coming home story in a way they never accepted that he and some fellow players decided to make their own destiny in a sunny, sexy location.

All is forgiven in Ohio. And it’s safe to say he’s going to bring home a title or two.

  1. seasickcecil - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Skylar Grey was the best part: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2014/08/skylar_grey_performs_coming_ho.html

  2. shanelsweet - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    How many folks can they fit into their arena? LeBron’s and his folks are unrecognized geniuses.

    • Hard On For Harden - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Not at all. Having LeBron is like possessing the formula for Coca-Cola, pretty hard to screw up your marketing. Yet they brought out those awful “The Lebrons” commercials.

  3. kraa0901 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Let’s be honest with each other- he came back because he knew there was more potential to win with a younger cast that was loaded with 1st picks in the draft (rigged by the NBA) and they were going to get Love by his demand (also rigged).

    There is a reason the NBA will always be the fourth fiddle to the NFL, MLB, and NHL.

    • innovativethinking87 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      I don’t know about the 4th fiddle part but only league that holds nba away is the
      Nfl so your wrong there but everything else you said sure

    • antistratfordian - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      There were any number of teams that would’ve given him a better chance to win than Cleveland. I don’t think potential to win was the driving factor.

    • 1historian - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      You’re right about his basic reasons for coming back.

      What is wrong with that?

      Both your ‘rigged’ charges hold no water.

      “The NBA will always be the 4th fiddle to the NFL, MLB and NHL.”

      right

  4. convincedofthehex - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Miami is not impressed

  5. rodge1 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    He went back to Cleveland because he wanted to run the franchise. Pat Riley didn’t let LeBron and his entourage take over in Miami so he went the only franchise owner that would. Gilbert is now working for LeBron

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:07 AM

      Someone’s bitter.

  6. bigtganks - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    It’s not that he left, it’s HOW he le…. wait… what?!?! He’s back!?!?! Omgosh let’s go LBJ!!!!!!!

  7. money2long - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    Lebron did nothing for the fans. He went home to please himself. He got his rings. Now he want to add another storyline to the lebron James show. Returning to Cleveland. Lebron stop pretending ur all about the fans.

  8. afraz89 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Who cares, he has a two year window to win in Cleveland before the Philadelphia 76ers are the dominant force of the Eastern Conference.

  9. ans2034 - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Homecoming event??? You have got to be kidding me.

    Everyone needs to stop treating this man like he’s the second coming. Did he charge admission too? Absolutely ridiculous. SMH.

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