Akron’s Mayor Doesn’t Want LeBron in New York

by May 14, 2010

You know a guy’s free agency is a big deal when politicians start getting involved. Your move, Bloomberg: “LeBron James’ hometown mayor ratcheted up the rivalry between Cleveland and New York Thursday, ripping the Big Apple as a place unfit for any self-respecting Ohioan. ‘Who the hell would want to live in New York?’ Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic told the Daily News. ‘I think what he has here is a real connection to people. I hope he always remembers that, because there’s a lot of things in life that are more important than an extra million or two.’ The Cavaliers’ power forward is the reigning two-time NBA MVP – and set to hit the open market as a free agent July 1 … Plusquellic conceded he’s quaking over the possibility James will flee Akron’s scruffy suburbs – where the NBA great still owns a home – to play on the world’s biggest stage. ‘For sure, I’m worried about him leaving,’ Plusquellic said. ‘You don’t want to lose a guy like that. He means so much for this community.”‘