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Still The King Of Akron?


Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — LeBron James is 2-for-2 this summer in public relations disasters.

The ill-conceived and horribly executed “The Decision” was first, enraging an entire fan base and region of Ohio while also uniting fans of 29 other NBA teams against the Miami Heat and their new trio of superstars.

Now comes a letter from James, serenading his hometown of Akron, Ohio — while curiously ignoring the word Cleveland — for helping raise him and supporting him the last 25 years:

“To My Family, Friends and Fans in Akron:

“For all my life, I have lived in Akron — and for that, I am truly a lucky man.

“It was here where I first learned how to play basketball, and where I met the people who would become my lifelong friends and mentors. Their guidance, encouragement and support will always be with me.

“Akron is my home, and the central focus of my life. It’s where I started, and it’s where I will always come back to. You can be sure that I will continue to do everything I can for this city, which is so important to my family and me. Thank you for your love and support. You mean everything to me.”

Of course, this letter (which ran in the Beacon-Journal in Akron) comes days  two days after fellow Heat (and former Cavaliers star) Zydrunas Ilgauskas took out an ad in the Plain Dealer thanking Cavaliers fans for their support over the years.

Naturally, there are fans buzzing about a starting a campaign to retire Big Z’s number in Cleveland.

But for James, well … at least they still love him in Akron.