Mar 18, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; A Cleveland Cavaliers fan holds a sign referring to LeBron James (not pictured) in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers lost 111-90. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Factory Lines: Is LeBron James Setting Himself Up For a PR Disaster?

Factory Lines is an assembling of Cleveland sports headlines that runs Monday through Friday. Have any tips? Tweet me @DukeofNick.

Dan’s plane. LeBron house. The Riley meeting.  The Dwyane Wade accompanied flight back to Miami. There’s seemingly no end in sight when it comes to LeBron James announcing where he’ll play basketball.

The Plain Dealer, July 10, 2014.

The Plain Dealer, July 10, 2014.

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.

Josh Gordon has flown under the radar because of the James hysteria, but this story from the Bleacher Report reveals some in the Browns’ locker room are losing faith in the Pro Bowl receiver.

“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.”

•  Charles Barkley believes Johnny Manziel is too immature for fame.

• Ohio State will play Michigan State in a  night game at Spartan Stadium, Nov. 8.

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