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Since rumors started swirling Sunday with a report that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was flying to South Florida, Twitter’s become a maven of James to Cleveland gossip and rumors.
But if James decided to return to Cleveland to take care of unfinished business, why wouldn’t he just say so already?
If his intentions are not to return to the Cavs, he’s creating a public relations nightmare for himself all over again, whether he intends to or not. No matter how far away and low-key James tries to play it, if his decision isn’t Cleveland, his brand is set to take a backlash all over again.
Northeast Ohio is in a frenzied state. The newspapers give the man once known as a traitor the front page treatment. People are using James’ suburban Akron home as a meeting place of hope, that the prodigal son will return, and deliver the region the championship so desperately craved.
Maybe USA Today summed it up best: It’s Cleveland or Villain for LeBron.
This is Cleveland. This blog is called The Factory of Sadness. Good news and Cleveland Sports don’t go hand-in-hand very often. There’s always a Doomsday scenario that northeast Ohiohans would have to live through all over again.
But that’s up to James. So we wait.
• At fivethirtyeight.com, Nate Silver breaks down why James shouldn’t choose Miami, or Cleveland. He’d be most valuable to Houston of the Clippers.
“To be clear, the sense I get from those in that locker room is that players sympathize with Gordon—but feel he can no longer be on the team, because they don’t believe he will change his life. They hope Gordon does. They just aren’t sure he can.”
• Ohio State will play Michigan State in a night game at Spartan Stadium, Nov. 8.