Akron renames downtown street in honor of LeBron James

Days after parading through downtown Cleveland to celebrate the Cavaliers winning the NBA championship, LeBron James headed to his hometown of Akron to continue the festivities on Thursday, where the city held their own celebrations for their native son. The event became even more memorable for James when Akron's mayor Dan Horrigan announced that the city is renaming a street in honor of the Cavs superstar.

James isn't getting a whole street named after him, but a stretch of South Main street in downtown Akron will forever be known as King James Way.

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan wanted to give LeBron James a special present Thursday to show how much the city appreciates his contributions to the community.

The problem is James, the homegrown NBA superstar who delivered Northeast Ohio's first major sports championship in 52 years this week, already has a key to the city, along with a ton of other toys that go along with being one of the richest professional athletes in the world.

So Horrigan bestowed an honor that only a city could -- a street.

South Main Street between Market and Exchange streets downtown is being designated King James Way.

"Every king has a kingdom and every kingdom must have roads," Horrigan announced as he unveiled an honorary blue "King James Way" sign during a major celebration at Lock 3 Park.

James will probably drive down King James Way in his Kia. But fulfilling a promise and ending a 52-year championship drought has clearly made James a living legend in Northeast Ohio.

King James gets a street named after him in Akron. (USATSI)
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