The trolling lives…ESPN personality Dan Le Batard has been on a personal quest to take some jabs at LeBron James for departing the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers last July.
He succeeded by purchasing space on a billboard in James’ hometown of Akron.
Le Batard had been trying to buy a full-age ad in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, as well as the Akron Beacon Journal, in which “Miami” said “You’re Welcome” for delivering James his two NBA Championship rings.
The newspapers who declined Le Batard’s add are local entities, but the billboard appears to be property of CBS, a national corporation.
The sign was paid for by another on-air host, as well as Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard–Dan’s Dad–according to Cleveland.com.
For those so inclined, the billboard is located in the 500 block of East Tallmadge Ave.
• James took to social media to squash reports that stated the four-time MVP had just met with new Cavs coach David Blatt two days ago.
“It was [Hoyer's] job…He was ‘the one’ coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up, as we did. But he’s done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he’ll be out there with the starters.”
Pettine added that Johnny Manziel could also see time with the first-team, after another stellar effort in Training Camp Wednesday.
Remember, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said he doesn’t believe the Browns will put Manziel onto the field behind anything other than the first-team offensive line.
• The Indians dropped their second straight to the Reds last night, 8-3. Danny Salazar was looking to continue his string of solid starts since being recalled from Class AAA Columbus, but his effort was derailed when he allowed a 3-run homer to Zack Cozart–the No. 8 hitter–during the second innings.
Marion was deciding between the Pacers and Cavs, and Cleveland looks to be the front runner, even though the franchise is offering a lot less money:
“The Indiana Pacers wanted to pursue Marion as a short-term replacement for injured forward Paul George, and will likely soon be armed with a $5.3 million disabled player exception that would allow them to trump the Cavaliers’ offer of the veteran minimum of $1.4 million per season.”
And if you haven’t seen this SI video about Andrew Wiggins, take a look: