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Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:56 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:12 pm
LeBron James of the Miami Heat returned to Cleveland for a game against the Cavaliers in Quicken Loans Arena and Cavs fans greeted him with an assortment of signs and t-shirts. Posted by Ben Golliver
Here's a slideshow of LeBron James signs and shirts worn and held by Cavs fans at The Q during Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. lebron-james-sign1 This shirt, in Cavs colors, reads: "The Lyin' King. I got a goal, and that's to bring an NBA championship in Cleveland, and I won't stop until I get it. - LeBron James." It features a picture of LeBron James with a mane like Disney's The Lion King. lebron-james-sign2 This sign is a play on the Nike marketing slogan, "Witness." The slogan was used to signify those who had seen James' magical play. "Witless," is obviously a stab at James' sloppy handling of The Decision to leave Cleveland for Miami. lebron-james-sign3 These fans kept it simple, each wearing a letter on their chest that spelled out, "Betrayed." The City of Cleveland and Cavs fans feel a deep sense of betrayal by James' decision to take his talents to South Beach. lebron-james-sign4 Here's a copy of a newspaper sports section that asks, "What should Cleveland do?" It's a play on a recent LeBron James Nike commercial which asked, "What should I do?" There was concern that Cleveland fans would misbehave during the game. lebron-james-sign6 The Cavs. vs. Heat game was televised on TNT and this sign is a play on the station's name. It reads, "The Traitor is in Town Tonight." lebron-james-sign8 Here's another play on the "Witness" marketing campaign by Nike, this time the shirt reads, "Victim." lebron-james-sign9 This shirt commemorates some of Cleveland's biggest sports disappointments and reads, "The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot. The Move. The Decision." The last one is a reference to LeBron James' television special in which he announced he was leaving to join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami. lebron-james-sign10 Here's another play on the "Witness" marketing campaign that reads, "Quitness." Some NBA observers believe James quit on the Cavaliers during their 2010 NBA playoff series against the Boston Celtics. lebron-james-sign11 There's a whole bunch of signs in this shot, but the best is "WWMJD." An obvious reference to "What Would Michael Jordan Do?" Jordan has stated he wouldn't have teamed up with fellow stars like James did in teaming up with Wade and Bosh. lebron-james-sign12 This sign reads "Feel the Chill," a reference to comments made recently by Bosh, who said the Heat players wanted to "chill" despite coach Erik Spoelstra wanted them to practice hard. lebron-james-sign14 Here are some Cleveland street vendors selling shirts that read "Queen James" and "Le-Quitter." LeBron has been dubbed "King James," so this is a pretty uncreative play on that nickname. Via Getty Images.  lebron-james-sign15 Here's an entire stand in Cleveland set up to sell shirts that read, "Kiss my [expletive] LeBron." Via Getty Images. lebron-james-sign16 Shredders were set up so that fans could shred all of their old LeBron James memorabilia. Via AP wire. lebron-james-sign18 This collage of signs read: "You're only a prince in Wade's country," "Like Father, Like Son," "Akron hates you, too, LeBron," "Liar Baby Jerk," and "11-8?? Looks like you left your talents in Cleveland. Via AP wire. lebron-james-sign19 These signs read, "LeQuit and the Cheat" with a picture of LeBron James and Heat President Pat Riley, as well as "Punk Move 'Bron," with a picture of Charles Barkley. Via US Presswire. lebron-james-sign13 This last one is pretty crude, reading: "LeBron James. Queen James." 

Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:51 pm

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

I don't see him coming back to Cleveland...if he did that would be unexcusable... I don't see how the fans could want/take him back? I like the Cavs but all the drama and a small market team...I guess that's why I like the 76er's more!!

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:40 pm

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

Well let me educate you cv1085. Cleveland has had some champions ! National League Football Champions 1950,1954,1955,1964 plus 2nd place finishes in each of 1951,1952,1953,1957,1965. Cleveland Indians World Champions 1920,1948, runners up 1954,1995,1997
NBA finals 2nd place 2007   Many great athletes have come from the area and state. And our fanbase is at least as enthusiastic and some of the greatest people you will ever meet. You must remember the media plays up the negitives by showing the oddballs and idiots that most cities are full of.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 10:36 am

Cleveland Has a Right to be Pizzzzed!

Cleveland has a right to be pizzzed!  James promised to bring a championship to the city, then later on decides to team up with Chris BUSH and DeQueen Wade so he would have a better shot at winning a ring.  He quit on us in the playoffs, because a trip to the finals would have made it even more difficult to leave the Cavs.  Then he waits until all of the primary free agents were signed, before he FINALLY announced his decision.  Personally, I find it sick the way he manipulated the media the entire final year of his Cavs contract.  If there was a record of such things, I'd bet that "Dung Boy" James was mentioned electronically or in print, more than any single person on the face of the planet. 

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:04 pm

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

No one really believes that Cleveland is "the best mid sized market in the country," do they? That has to be a joke. And no one should ever say "We are Cleveland."
Cleveland is a terrible sports town. Has any team from Cleveland ever won anything? Their teams are always bad and the fans are a spectacle that get laughed at by the rest of the country.
If I was LeBron, I would have left a lot earlier than he did. The only reason he stuck around was because he was born in Ohio, so he actually felt that he owed the franchise something. But, I will point out that NOT EVEN LeBRON IS A FAN OF THE OTHER CLEVELAND SPORTS TEAMS.
So, basically, your post is laughable Polycarp.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:07 pm

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

Excellent post.  Thanks you.

What are the Blue Jackets?

Just kidding, but no, there isn't a big hockey following in Cleveland,  It's Browns, Indians, Cavs, and Buckeyes.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 10:51 am

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

Well executed, Lord Polycarp.  Others don't understand the magnitude of the entire decision.  It's easy for someone to say: "Suck it up, Cleveland.  LeBron left for something far better and you're all just having the hardest time dealing with it, aren't you?"  They do not understand how personal he made it feel.  When someone like LeBron James comes along and promises the world to a city and its fans, plays for them and makes them a legitimate contender for a few years, then hits the road to go and join a "bought" contender, how can it not seem so personal?  The fact that he did it on national TV just makes him slimey now too.  Honestly "uglyluggage" (from the post before Lord Polycarp's post), how can you possibly say that about Cleveland fans?  They have been through the grinder when it comes to sports and their sports teams.  With all that has happened to Cleveland teams throughout history, to have someone like LeBron James come along and pretty much promise the world to a city and its fans, then hit the road and make the announcement on national TV... Really?  You can not see why this city, this state and all Cavalier fans around the country and the world despise LeBron James?  If it is really that cloudy that you can not see why, you had better go and get your eyes and your head checked.  Without the fans, these athletes wouldn't be the demi-gods many of them make themselves out to be.  I'm not even a Cleveland resident, or an Ohio resident... hell, I'm not even an American... But I still see the damage LeBron James caused.  It made my stomach turn.  

The one thing Cleveland fans must do is not let the hatred leave them bitter for too long.  Bitterness and hatred has its time but inevetably becomes nothing but baggage in the end.  You still have a talented team there in Cleveland.  That Mo Williams guy is pretty awesome.  Anthony Parker ain't too shabby himself.  Hickson, Moon and the dude with the crazy hair, Varejao... Those guys are pretty damn good.  Don't lose site.  Cheer the guys that are still there playing in a Cavalier uniform.  While I can not say much about the baseball team, the Browns are up and coming.  You guys have a ridiculously talented RB in Peyton Hillis.  I remember when he played for the Broncos and what he did with them when he was the starting RB over the last part of the season.  I can not believe that it has been this many years for him to get another shot at a starting job.  It took the injury to Montario Hardesty and the failure of Jerome Harrison to finally get Hillis in there.  Now look at what he's done.  He's the number one RB in fantasy football and he hasn't even played as long this season as every other top 10 RB.  You guys got Colt McCoy at QB now too.  That guy is going to rip up the league one day... Maybe even as soon as next year.  

What I'm saying here basically is, hey... There are some of us who fully agree with and can fully sympathize with how you feel and the damage LeBron James did to Cleveland and it's sports fans.  It was more disrespectful than anything I can remember in recent years happening in the sports world.  But do not lose sight of the guys still fighting in a Cavalier uniform, in a Browns uniform and an Indians uniform.  (While you guys dont have the Barons anymore, do any of you cheer for the Blue Jackets?  Probably not, hey?)  While history has been unkind to Cleveland, its teams and especially its fans... Chin up, the future is bright and good things will happen for your teams soon.   

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2010 9:23 am

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

In the end, it is apparent that it is a local issue. The reason that others don't understand the magnitude of the betrayal is that they weren't affected by it. Even then, they recognized that it was a poor way to handle the situation and comforted Cleveland. But now, that the Heat aren't really that hot, and there is no possible effect to be felt by these other fans, they try to tell us Clevelanders to grow-up or get our heads checked. But in the end, they don't get it:
We are Cleveland. We are the planet's most tortured sports city. We have misfortune written in our history books. The Drive, the Fumble, Chapman being hit in the head by a fastball. The deaths of our two star pitchers in a fishing accident in Winter Haven. Red Right 82 (can never get that one right, but wasn't alive back then). Jose Mesa. The 2007 collapse of the Indians. The Shot. The Cleveland Barons. The Move. The only city in the United States that can understand the pain that Cleveland has gone through with their sports teams is Cleveland. 
But we still get up, we still come to games. We celebrate Jim Brown, Omar Visquel, this new kid Hillis on the Browns. We celebrate the Midges, William Green's run to get us into the playoffs (RUN WILLLIAM RUN!), the new Browns franchise. We adore high school sports still. We are proud of our players.
Do we dwell on our failings. Of course. So does every other sports town. But the thing is, the Decision was different. Its never happened before. The closest you could get to it are when Damon or Clemens left Boston, or something like that. But still, it was different. It was completely out of our hands. Most of us were resigned to see LeBron leave. We kindof figured it was going to happen before the show. But you don't break up with your significant other on television. Think about it, it just embarasses them. And thats it. We were shamed, we were laughed at, we couldn't even make jokes about New York not getting LeBron because we were just so defeated by HOW he did it.
But in the end:
We are Cleveland. We still get up. We still cheer. We still are the best mid sized market in the country. 
We are Cleveland.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 7:52 pm

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

There is something wrong with Cleveland. You guys need to lighten up. It is a GAME! Sunny skys or frigid cold? I'd take my talent to South Beach too. Are you surprised a spoiled kid let you down? Just don't by Nikes and other stuff this guys sales. You are making Cleveland someplace no players will what to go.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2010 7:20 pm

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

So...........appearntly Cleveland must care to go to all this trouble.  Im a believer if no one did anything, said anything, and Cleveland didnt go to the game would of sent more of a message then selling out, T-shirts, trash talk, you just play into LeBron's court when you give him the attention, and boy did he respond.  Cleveland honestly needs to move on.

I agree.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2010 7:16 pm

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts


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