I have bad news for Osama Bin Laden’s former translator besides the fact that he has been imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay for more than four years — things betwixt LeBron James and the state of Ohio are starting to get smoothed over. There may longer be no need for an apology because things are starting to seem peachy keen.

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic also unveiled the newest honor to Akron’s most famous resident ­­— blue and white signs that will be posted at nine major entrances to Akron that proclaim the city his home.

“For my money, he’s the greatest Akronite because he cares about Akron,” Plusquellic said.

Uh oh. If Akron has already forgiven LeBron — and their mayor considers him the greatest Akronite who has ever Akroned — then Cleveland can’t be far behind. In fact, according to Google Maps, they are only 46 minutes behind, which means I have to rewrite this story in an hour. Things change so quickly around here.

But really, I think this kind of proves that people in LeBron’s hometown aren’t quite as mad as everyone thought they might be. Sure, there were definitely some people who were heated, but the vitriol never approached Cleveland levels. Even if he did leave the Cavaliers (I checked and it’s true that he did), they still love the fact that there’s an NBA champion with three MVPs and two gold medals who grew up there.

And why wouldn’t you be proud of that? That’s totally something to be proud of. All my hometown has is that it’s the birthplace of the automatic corn harvester and it served as the set of Smallville in the new Superman movie. Yeah, the last one might be pretty cool, but after dead Marlon Brando showed up in “Superman Returns,” I’m going to wait until next summer before really being happy about it.

Comments (9)

  1. Since when does Delonte roll up his sleeves?

  2. your hometown is walnut grove virginia?

  3. Akron forgave LeBron cuz LeBron wasn’t playing in Akron. LeBron played in Cleveland and no matter how close the two cities might be, they’re not the same city. I like 45 minutes from a city that’s not mine and I don’t care about that city. If it were to burst into flames i wouldn’t think of it as a personal tragedy

  4. I have family in Arkon, and the city of Akron was never mad at Lebron for leaving. They was just glad see him doing good for the city of Arkon.

    • It was always people in Cleveland that went batsh*t crazy over him leaving because he “betrayed” them even though Akron != Cleveland.

  5. I personally find the Pinkstons of Akron to be the best of the Akronites.

  6. why shouldnt they ride the lebron wave?

  7. I think Ohio has moved on, especially after cheering for him after the Olympics. It’s fine to have that sign to be hung in Akron. Not mad anymore but not gaga over him either like we once were. It’s all good for the most part.

  8. If you look closely you can see that Lebron traveled.

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