This is what it’s come to: A hoard of Clevelanders lining the street in front of the IMG building, chanting “Noah Sucks!,” throwing powder in the air to mimic the King’s signature pregame routine and lining the the sidewalk with placards that read “HOME.”
“I just want to get one of LeBron’s tire prints!” one college-aged fan told the New York Daily News.
Police eventually ordered fans to remove the signs for fear of causing James’ silver sedan – no Cadillac Escalade today — from skidding out.
The Chosen One will meet with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, GM Chris Grant and new coach Bryon Scott before hosting his last suitor of the day, Chicago. And while Cleveland fans hope a pre-meeting parade will help convince LeBron to stay, the Cavs have perhaps the biggest advantage of any team in the summer sweepstakes: an extra $30 million.
But if even that’s not enough to retain him, Youngstown-based Phantom Fireworks has offered to produce a world-class fireworks show for James if he stays in Cleveland.
“LeBron doesn’t have to go to New York or Chicago to see a New York style, world-class fireworks show,” said Phantom Fireworks’ Alex Zoldan in a news release. “LeBron’s friends from New York and Chicago can come to Cleveland and see a fireworks show that is sure to rival anything from those cities.”
But wait, there’s more!
Chardon BrewWorks & Eatery penned an open letter to LeBron, offering him “beer for life” if he stays in Cleveland.
“If he stays, I know he will realize his childhood dream of bringing a championship to his hometown,” BrewWorks owner Mike Nedrow wrote. “Add our beer on top of that?!? What else does an MVP need?”