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Ohio state representative wants LeBron James license plate

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

LeBron James license plates?  (USATSI)
LeBron James license plates? (USATSI)

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The AP reports on an Ohio state representative who's pushing legislation to create a LeBron James license plate.

State Rep. Bill Patmon is planning to introduce legislation to permit the sale of a commemorative "LeBron James Witness 2.0" plate honoring the Akron native's decision return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"When LeBron came home, it was a big deal for us," said the Democrat from Cleveland. "It might not be for the rest of the world, but it's a big deal for Cleveland."

James, a four-time NBA most valuable player, was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003 but left town for Miami after seven seasons. Last month, he announced he would re-sign with Cleveland.

His representatives declined to comment Friday on the license plate proposal.

via Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate.

Four years ago, Cavs fans burned jerseys and now they could put his face on their rear ... ends.

It does show how big a cultural event this is to Ohio. It's not merely a free-agent siging with the basketball team. It's a cultural icon returning to his home state and bringing with him the validation of their fandom and of a way of life. That's what comes with James' essay in Sports Illustrated.

Would you put an athlete on your license plate?

HT: Deadspin via BlackSportsOnline.com

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