Whether or not you wear your dancing shoes, there is an event going on in Akron tomorrow that may or may not be of significance to Cavalier fans. It seems that local business and communities types have organized an “appreciation rally” for Akron’s favorite son LeBron James. The event is taking place at InfoCision Stadium (that’s the new downtown home of the Zips in case you were wondering) at 10am. Events are family oriented, including a rock climbing wall and a LeBron James look-a-like contest. Perhaps the winner can double as the guest of honor for the day.
InfoCision has been calling University of Akron Alumni all week to promote the event, but anyone can attend. It seems that even though he was invited, nobody is sure that LeBron James himself will actually show up for the appreciation- ”If I had to bet, I’d say no, but I hope he does [attend]. We heard he is and we heard he’s not, so we don’t know.”
So many thoughts filling my head right now.
First off, let’s not confuse things- this is more of a keep LeBron rally than an appreciation. No matter what the event coordinators do, it will never be viewed differently. Not by the media. Probably not even by 99% of the people that attend.
That being said, don’t you have to go to this if you’re LeBron? If he’s anywhere near town, or even close enough to fly home for the day doesn’t he need to pop his head in and say thank you? He doesn’t have to tip his hand where he’s going. Nobody expects him to do that. But just come on stage and say how much it means to you to be honored by the city this way?
What do you think are the chances that he does that? And what do you think is going to happen in the media if he doesn’t attend? I bet the NY Daily News already has the front page layout ready to go for Sunday morning- LEBRON HATES AKRON, DOESN’T SHOW FOR OWN PARADE.
But hey, they’re giving away free shirts to the first 10,000 people.