Posts Tagged ‘Free Agency’

LeBron gives sweet apology to his Ohio neighbors

By Jeff Case

In the days before LeBron James eventually made his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, many, many, MANY, cars and on-lookers lined the street in Bath Township, Ohio. That’s where James has a residence off Idlebrook Drive in a high-end community and all of that foot traffic — from fans others awaiting some kind of sign at James’ home about his free-agent choice — no doubt bothered at least some of James’ neighbors.

Like any good neighbor, though, James did what he could to right that wrong by having an upscale bakery in Ohio deliver cupcakes to the other homeowners. The Akron Beacon Journal has more:

Employees from Baker Blvd. Decadent Desserts in Fairlawn dropped off cupcakes Tuesday night to James’ Bath Township neighbors. Included with the dozen cupcakes was an apology note from James for the “chaos” that surrounded his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

When James announced his decision to return to the Cavs earlier this month, fans and the media crowded his Idlebrook Drive home.

“We know things have been hectic in the neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos,” the note reads. “We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.

“As a gesture of our gratitude and appreciation, our family wants to give you something that is meaningful to us, our foundation’s cupcakes. We hope you enjoy the treat!”

The note was addressed from James, his wife and two children.

James’ neighbors received six “Just a Kid from Akron Cherry Cola” cupcakes and six “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk” cupcakes. Both cupcakes were designed for James.

And here’s a tweet from David Galehouse, who home is just miles from James’ home, writes ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell.

Lakers Begin Recruiting Dwight Howard With Billboards


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I spent the early part of this week in Los Angeles, where the city was currently in the grips of Puig fever. If only I’d stuck around another day or so, I could have seen the Lakers start their very public recruiting of Dwight Howard.

On July 1, Dwight becomes a free agent, and he has several options available, from staying in LA to signing in Houston or Atlanta, among other options. The Lakers went through a lot to get Howard a year ago, and are now making it perfectly clear that they want him back. How clear? They went and put up billboards around Los Angeles. One or two billboards? No, according to ESPN.com, they’re putting up “six or seven” billboards in “various key locations.” They’ve even got a hashtag and everything!

The Lakers also are frank in admitting that they know some fans won’t like seeing this kind of public recruiting of a free agent. As spokesman John Black told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, “Our opinion, which we’ve made clear, is that our top priority is signing Dwight. We want to let him know how important he is to us out in the public. We’re comfortable letting the public know how we feel.”