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LeBron James opts not to compete at Rio Olympics


Kyrie Irving and Le Bron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers look on from the stage during the victory parade and rally in Cleveland

LeBron James won’t be going to Rio this summer.

James is coming off of his sixth straight NBA Finals appearance, most recently leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 7 win over the Golden State Warriors this past Sunday.

I’m not writing this column to eat crow or to admit that I was wrong, but I’m truly, truly happy for the city of Cleveland and for the dedicated sports fans of northeast OH who are finally getting to celebrate a professional sports championship. “The championship is supposed to be here”. The championship is the first major championship for the city of Cleveland since 1964.

“I’m true to the game, and I know what I bring to the table”, James said. “I love each and every one of you”.

“Guess what?” he asked.

Dambrot and Dru Joyce II, current head boys’ basketball coach at Akron St. Vincent-St.

Earlier this week, James and his Cavaliers capped off the first ever 3-1 comeback in NBA Finals history when they beat the Golden State Warriors, 93-89. Yet, the Cavs didn’t quit. “That tenacity started here in Akron”.

The Clippers’ Jordan averaged 12.7 points and 13.8 rebounds last season and, according to sources, has won admirers within USA Basketball with his mobility and rim protection. He said he’d make the decision that “benefits me, my body and the way I feel”, per Vardon, which would likely have a lot to do with Cleveland’s playoff run. “He believed in the goal, and he worked”.

“How well behaved everyone was is a true testament to the people of this great city”, said Deputy Chief Tomba. That’s what he’s about.

Second of all, this guy releases Cleveland from its self-made prison of sports shame, and he only gets part of the street named after him?

Dambrot made a bold prediction.

Akron’s mayor was thrilled to host the event.

As crowds took to the streets in the city to celebrate it all got too much for one fan who excitedly grabbed a handful of horse poo lying on the floor and eagerly shoved it into his mouth.

“I came back for a reason”.

David James (no relation), superintendent of Akron Schools, spoke of courage.

Cleveland was cursed, but LeBron James is the cure.

Brian Tenda of Akron had a front-row spot next to the stage.

There’s still more work to be done in Malls B and C. People left coolers, chairs, beer cans and more.

“This is attractive”, Tenda said.

He watched the Cleveland rally on television while listening to the police scanner. As a supporter of the Magic I had wanted for quite a while to see him moved to a contender while he could still contribute, as he deserved it more than most. “And that roar that I heard then is nothing compared to this roar right here”. “I’m a big fan”.

“How can you not be a fan with all this hype?” he said.