Ohio store selling ‘stay home’ gear aimed at LeBron

Things aren’t so hot in Northeast Ohio at the moment.

The Cleveland Cavaliers got dismantled in the Finals, their front office became a complete mess, they didn't add any difference-makers, Kyrie Irving demanded a trade, and on top of all that, rumors continue to suggest LeBron James will leave as a free agent in 2018.

To that end, one store in Akron started selling hats and shirts with James' number and the message "stay home" in an attempt to sway the King to not ditch his hometown club for a second time.

If James does walk next summer, expect these shirts to go up in flames along with Cleveland’s championship hopes.

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Watch: Serena gets shoutout from LeBron after doing chalk toss

Pregnancy hasn’t slowed Serena Williams down at all, as the tennis star has continued to hit the gym well into her third trimester.

Her latest workout session caught the attention of LeBron James, who, after seeing her imitate his famous chalk toss, reposted the video on Instagram along with an invitation to train with him.

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Look: LeBron decked out in new Cavaliers uniform

It's a uniform fit for a King.

LeBron James is stylin' and profilin' in his latest Instagram post, with the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player donning the new Cleveland Cavaliers uniform for the 2017-18 season, complete with the Nike swoosh and Goodyear sponsorship.

Flex on 'em, LeBron.

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Report: LeBron hasn’t already decided to leave Cavs

A report that LeBron James has already decided to opt out of his contract and leave the Cleveland Cavaliers after this coming season isn’t true, sources told Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.

Longtime NBA journalist Chris Sheridan tweeted Wednesday, citing an NBA source, that James is “100 percent leaving. Relationship with owners beyond repair.” Vardon, who’s covered the Cavaliers for the past three seasons, then followed up and reported that three sources close to James say the rumor is “100 percent false.”

James does not view his relationship with the Cavs and owner Dan Gilbert as irreparably broken, according to Vardon's sources, although he was unhappy when general manager David Griffin was let go in June. James has had a turbulent history with Gilbert since the billionaire mortgage lender bought the Cavs in 2005.

The Cavs were having a rough offseason even before Kyrie Irving reportedly demanded a trade. In an NBA where everybody is chasing the Golden State Warriors, Griffin's departure was followed by the signings of Derrick Rose, Jose Calderon, and Jeff Green. This has led to speculation that James could flee northeast Ohio for the second time in his career by opting out of his contract next year.

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Watch: Kyrie vents to LeBron in parody of Eminem’s ‘Stan’

LeBron is mad, I'm wondering why I asked for a trade at all.
I scored 40 in the Finals, but I can't please LeBron.
And even if I could, I'm not Chris Paul with a picture on a boat.
It reminds me that it's not my Cavs … LeBron runs the Cavs

The team at YouTube channel AOK nailed this parody of Eminem's classic hit "Stan," looking at Kyrie Irving's desire to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers because he wants away from teammate LeBron James.

Irving hasn’t been traded yet, though, so while this parody is both brilliant and hysterical, it’s also a tad awkward.

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Durant advises Cavs not to move LeBron: ‘You can’t trade a legend’

With LeBron James reportedly unwilling to verbally commit to the Cleveland Cavaliers beyond the upcoming season, some have suggested the organization look at moving the King to avoid losing him for a second time without any real compensation.

Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors views things differently, though,

Responding to a tweet rapper Lil Dicky made Wednesday afternoon, the reigning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player suggested the Cavaliers would be out of their minds to deal their star forward, and that James should be the one controlling his own destiny.

Of course, James has a no-trade clause built into his contract, which he reportedly won’t consider waiving anyway.

Related – Report: Cavs want young star in Kyrie trade in case LeBron leaves

Continuing their back-and-forth on the social media platform, Lil Dicky alluded to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert perhaps costing the team another title victory due to his rocky relationship with James. To quell his fears, Durant brought up how Cleveland landed the No. 1 overall pick three of the four years (Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett, and Andrew Wiggins) James was competing in South Beach.

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Watch: Durant, LeBron, Melo ball out in pickup game

LeBron James appears to have found the pickup game he was so badly craving.

A star-studded group highlighted by LeBron, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony showed off their skills on the hardwood at a Manhattan gym on Tuesday.

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LeBron calls out POTUS: Trump made hate ‘fashionable again’

In the aftermath of the weekend’s hate-fuelled riots in Charlottesville, Va., LeBron James has continued to speak out against the United States’ Commander-in-Chief.

Moments after President Donald Trump delivered a speech Tuesday afternoon in which he downplayed white supremacist demonstrators as being merely protesters rallying against the removal of a Confederate statue, James tweeted his steepest criticism of the current administration.

The Cavaliers' star lambasted Trump for what he perceives as his inability to appropriately handle the racially charged events:

On Sunday, James wrote a pair of Tweets, asking “Is this the direction our country is heading?” and “Our youth deserves better!”

The outspoken superstar has previously voiced his disapproval of Trump’s immigration ban and has been a vocal leader among his peers on issues relating to race in America.

The clash in Charlottesville between white supremacist demonstrators and counter-protesters led to violent clashes, including the murder of a 32-year-old paralegal – Heather Heyer – who was struck in a vehicular assault.

Related: NBA players react to Charlottesville riot

“(Heyer’s) death fills us with grief and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers, and our love,” Trump said in a statement Monday, promising Americans that “justice would be delivered” for the racist violence of the weekend.

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Report: Cavs want young star in Kyrie trade in case LeBron leaves

LeBron James made The Decision to leave Cleveland in 2010, and the Cavaliers know he could do it again.

Operating under the assumption their hometown hero won’t be around in the future, the team will try to add a young star in a potential Kyrie Irving trade who will put them in position to succeed even if James bolts, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

James, who rejoined the team in 2014 after leading the Miami Heat to two championships, has a player option that would allow him to take his talents elsewhere following the upcoming campaign, and has been reluctant to commit long term.

As a result, instead of looking exclusively for veterans who can help the 32-year-old win now, the Cavs are focused on fetching a young player whom they can build around.

Wojnarowski’s sources said Cleveland has its sights on Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis, Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Suns swingman Josh Jackson, and Nuggets guard Jamal Murray.

Related: Porzingis reportedly a primary target for Cavs in Irving talks

A deal for any of those players would likely signal a change of direction for the team, which has made three consecutive trips to The Finals. James fulfilled his promise by bringing the Cavs their first-ever NBA championship in 2016, ending the city’s 52-year title drought.

The belief now is that James has done what he set out to do, and could embark on another journey. It’s been rumored he could head to Los Angeles to play with one or more of his Banana Boat buddies.

The four-time league MVP averaged a career-high 8.7 assists per game last season to go with 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in his 14th campaign. He’ll earn $ 33.3 million in 2017-18.

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Fultz picks Kobe over LeBron

Who’s better: Kobe Bryant or LeBron James?

Markelle Fultz is rolling with the Black Mamba.

"I think Kobe's better, but that's no knock on LeBron. But Kobe's the next thing after (Michael) Jordan, really," the Philadelphia 76ers guard recently told SiriusXM NBA Radio.

That aligns with Jordan’s opinion, as his Airness recently gave the edge to Bryant over James – and himself over both. He cited the retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s five championships compared to James’ three.

Fultz agreed that rings are important, but emphasized Bryant's overall body of work, which includes 18 All-Star nods, 12 All-Defensive Team appearances, two scoring titles, a pair of Finals MVPs, and the 2008 NBA MVP award.

“Championships do have a role to play with it, but when you just look at the work that Kobe has done, it’s unbelievable,” the 19-year-old rookie said, before acknowledging James’ greatness.

“I think he’s up there,” Fultz said about the Cleveland Cavaliers icon. “I think he got some ways to go. The team he has now is pretty great. I think he should be winning some more rings, but I think he’s on the way there. He’s a great player. I think he’s the best player right now.”

Lonzo Ball, whom Los Angeles selected right behind Fultz, chose James over the Lakers great.

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