Cleveland had to face the loss of LeBron James in two occasions.
We all remember how Cleveland fans burned Lebron’s jersey in 2010. They were angry at him, and we sort of understand that anger. But, everything changed after King James helped the team win a championship.
This time the Cavaliers are so thankful, that a minor league decided to retire his jersey. The RubberDucks are filling headlines these days, and you’re guessing the point, right?
The Cleveland Indians’ minor league affiliate team has retired King James’ jersey, and the whole thing was put through a grand ceremony. LeBron didn’t attend it.
“Even though James has taken his basketball talents to Los Angeles, Akron will always be his home. The RubberDucks, located in the heart of downtown Akron on King James Way, felt it appropriate for James’ hometown team to ensure his legacy by being the first team to retire his number 23, which will appear on Canal Park’s outfield wall,” the RubberDucks’ press release reads.
“LeBron James’ greatness on the basketball court is unquestioned, but his commitment to his hometown of Akron is what really makes him a ‘legend.’ We felt there was no better way to honor someone who has had such a positive impact than retiring his number in Canal Park for fans to see for generations,” the RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander said.
This is pretty similar to the words Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said when LeBron first announced his departure from Cleveland.
Although he was angry at the NBA star in 2010, this time he thanked LeBron for everything he has done for the team. “We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see. A championship that united generations of Clevelanders, both living and passed,” he wrote in his letter.
“None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances,” Gilbert added.
Yes, Cleveland loves LeBron. It will always be his home.