LeBron James wants his hometown fans in Ohio to know that he doesn’t want any bad blood between them now that he’s playing for the Miami Heat, so he showed his appreciation to his hometown fans in Akron yesterday (Tues. Aug 3) with a full-page newspaper ad in the Akron Beacon Journal. This comes just days before the NBA star makes his first public appearance in Akron since leaving to play for the Heat.

“Akron is my home, and the central focus of my life,” James wrote in Tuesday’s Akron Beacon Journal. “It’s where I started, and it’s where I will always come back to. It was here where I first learned how to play basketball, and where I met the people who would become my lifelong friends and mentors,” James wrote in the ad. “Their guidance, encouragement and support will always be with me.”

James’ ad doesn’t mention Cleveland or the Cavaliers and only focuses on his loyalty to his hometown of Akron, OH. But do you blame him? (LOL!)

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