*LeBron James took out a full-page ad thanking his hometown of Akron, Ohio, but failing to mention the city that birthed his NBA career.
“For all my life, I have lived in Akron – and for that, I am a truly lucky man,” read the letter published Tuesday in the Akron Beacon Journal.
James, however, makes no mention of Cleveland, the city where he played for the Cavaliers for the first seven years of his NBA career, before making a jump to the Miami Heat.
“Akron is my home, and the central focus of my life,” James says. “It’s where I started, and it’s where I will always come back to.”
The ad has no pictures of LeBron in a Cavs uniform, or playing basketball, for that matter. The only shots of James are of him at his annual charity bike ride. There were rumors that he would be skipping this year’s “King for Kids Bikeathon,” which takes place Saturday, but LeBron says he will be in attendance.
James’ love letter to Akron comes on the heels of strong anti-LeBron sentiment in Cleveland. After James announced he was leaving to go to Miami, his Cavs jersey was burned and shirts bearing the phrase “We are all Quitnesses” flew off the shelves.
Also, the NBA announced today that LeBron and his new Miami Heat team will face the Cavs on Dec. 2 and March 29 during the upcoming NBA season.
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