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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NBA: Cleveland fans to LeBron: please, PLEASE stay


By THOMAS J. SHEERAN
Associated Press Writer

CLEVELAND They're saying it on billboards, in song, in letters, in petitions and more.

Whatever the format, the message from Clevelanders is the same: Dear LeBron James, please don't go.

Residents of hard-luck Cleveland are desperately trying to show their NBA superstar that even with free agency looming July 1, the best place for him is right up the road from his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

There are "stay LeBron" banners, clothes, a petition and at least two music videos, one featuring the Cleveland Orchestra and another with local celebrities and politicians.

The other places James could land, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, also are trying to woo him. LA Clipper fans are even planning a parade in his honor.