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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: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:07 pm

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

Couldn't agree more.  Anyone wearing these hate t-shirts needs to get a life!  I feel for the people of Cleveland, but feel sorry for these nut cases that have let a 24 year old kid they don't even know affect their lives through his "decision." It's propably difficult to find an available psychiatrist in Cleveland right now!

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:59 pm

LaBron did the right thing the wrong way

LaBron probably made the right decision, but there is no question that the way he left was unexcuseable and classless!  Those that say MJ, Magic, and Bird won championships because of their own greatness are fooling themselves.  They each played with Hall of Fame teamates.  Magic played with 2 and Bird played with 3!  Not to mention all played with outstanding coaches.  LaBron resigned with Cleveland for 3 years (instead of 5) which was ample amount of time to land a Hall of Fame type player like Pau Gasol as a running mate.  During those 3 years Boston and LA made deals to get the all-stars needed to win and Cleveland did not.  The Cav's owner only has himself to blame and the people of Cleveland should hold this fool accountable!  James was smart to leave Cleveland because it was made obvious that they would never make the moves needed to bring home a championship. However, his heartless and spiteful departure will forever taint his legacy!  Throw him in the junk heap with Tiger, Bonds, Clemens, and Roethlisberger - all great players with terribly flawed character.    

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:21 pm

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

It's painfully obvious that a lot of you just don't get it.  I'm a Cleveland sports fan, always have been.  I'm not one of the bitter one though.  Sports is not life and death to me it's just entertainment.  Cleveland fans however have every right to never let go of this grudge.  #6 had an unbelievable opportunity.  He grew up in northeast Ohio, was considered the greatest phenom ever, was fairytaled into a opportunity not only to be the greatest Cleveland sports hero of all time but to be the most beloved basketball player ever, nothing could deminish his rep.  That's obvious by the stories that have surfaced of his entitlement issues since "The Decision" and how not a peep of that was ever uttered before.  To throw away an opportunity like that away is, to a man, the stupidist fuc**** thing I've ever "witness"ed.  Even if he never won a championship in Cleveland, if he would have stayed he would have been beloved forever for supporting his community and staying true to his roots. 

In the last year we seen the self inflicted destruction of the 2 cleanest athletes in sports in Tiger and Lebron.  They just can't stay out of their own way. 

No one is abandoning their job and family to fling hatred at Lebron James.  Sports has villians and heros my friend, it's like reading a novel or watching or movie.  It's a story line that people follow.  Whether your cheering or booing everyone goes to work the next day and kisses their wife when they come home from the game.  No one is going home and beating their wife because #6 dropped 38 points on the Cavs.  Get real.  The anger and hatred comes from idiots throwing away golden opportunities to galvanize themselves in the people's hearts and minds.  Oh, and your comparison makes no sense...he would have made millions more not quiting on his hometown.  The NBA collective bargaining agreement is set up so big markets can't steal top talent from lower profile cities by allowing them to offer more money and longer deals.  Not to mention the endorsement dollars he threw in the trash by making an ass of himself on national television.  Think before you start criticizing people for following the storyline of sports.  You too busy trying to be smarter then everyone else to realize your just like Lebron...too inside your own head to perceive reality.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:03 pm
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Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:58 am

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

He could have been a King in Cleveland. He was a King in Cleveland. Now he's a guy who took the easy way out to try and win a championship instead of trying to earn it. I don't think winning was the only reason he left, but that is how he will be remembered.

Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:28 am

Itís Called Mental Health...

To Cleveland: Wahhhhh GET OVER IT!

Yes, I also get depressed when my team looses, or angry when I perceive a lack of effort and I can identify with the anger and betrayal that Cleveland fans feel.  The Miami Dolphins would have replaced Pittsburg as the team of the 70s had Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Paul Warfield (the collective equivalent to LeBron in terms of what they meant to their team) not left for bigger paydays to the World Football League.  However, I mourn then I remind myself that it’s just a game and move on with the really important things in my life such as taking care of my family and enjoying my friends (the ones I REALLY know, not the ones on the court).

Folks, that’s called mental health... GET SOME!

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:23 am

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

The fans of Cleveland look like a bunch of cry babies!!!  The man did what was best for himself.  He gave 7 years of his life to an organization that couldn't build a program around that much talent!!  This goes beyond just Lebron himself, the fans need to start booing the Cavaliers organization and the city of Cleveland for not putting enough effort to get championships.  This city has not won a pro sport championship since 1964.  No wonder why its the city of LOSERS!!!  The fans proved that last night!!

Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:15 am

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

I am glad he left.  Why would anyone want to stay in a city like that.  After all he did for that city.  A championship just isn't meant for that city.  So went somewhere he could be happy.  Stay mad all yall want, its good for you all.  All the Great ones have won with other great players on their side, he didn't have that in Cleveland and Gilbert wasn't going to get someone good enough to help him except a bunch of washed up players at the end of their career.  Good for you Lebron for being smart enough to leave in your prime unlike Charles and the rest who never won it and left at the end of their career.  Peace out tricks.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:00 am

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

@go_zips : I think they will be better off in that situation even if they do not win a title.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 7:37 am

Cavs vs. Heat: LeBron James signs and shirts

Everything about this kid screams, I wanna be MJ.  From the 23 number, to Nike, to the talcum powder, etc.  The best thing LBJ could do was change his number and become he has an image of his own!!!

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