LeBron James planning exhibition game back in Ohio
LeBron James, from left, Carmello Anthony and Dwayne Wade joke around on the sidelines of the USC-Oregon college football game on Saturday night.
November 21st, 2011
01:03 PM ET

LeBron James planning exhibition game back in Ohio

LeBron James is taking his talents back to northeastern Ohio - for one night in December.

James - who grew up in Akron and left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat before the 2010-2011 NBA season - will lead a group of NBA players in an exhibition game at the University of Akron's Rhodes Arena on December 1, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Joining James will be fellow superstars Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and Carmello Anthony, plus two of the college draftees who the Cavaliers hope will return them to the NBA heights they enjoyed during James' reign in Cleveland, No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, the Beacon Journal reported.

Akron will be the first stop in the group's "Homecoming Tour," which also includes New Orleans on December 4, Chicago on December 7 and East Rutherford, New Jersey, on December 11, according to the report.

The games will be streamed live on Google+, which is sponsoring the tour, according to Business Insider. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to charity.

The tour will fill some of the free time the four NBA superstars have because of the current lockout, which has delayed the start of the season and may force its cancellation.

They seem to be spending plenty of time together recently, including attending Saturday night's big USC-Oregon college football game in Eugene, Oregon, according to a report in The Oregonian.

And Anthony, at least, plans to get involved with some presidential politics in December. He'll be among a number of current and former NBA players appearing in the "First Ever Obama Classic," a fundraiser game for the president's re-election bid, to be held December 12 in Washington.

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  1. statsbackbabe

    I guess LeBron hasn't yet figured out that people here hate him–and that they have good reason to. He is a man without class, and an arrogant fool.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jersvette

    I certainly hope this racist comment is removed.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • shut_up

      racist? yes you are you pile of dog grunt!

      November 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Geoz

    He's burned more bridges than a retreating German army.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    Lebron James is Black? Who knew?

    November 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. IamBAD


    November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shut_up

    Is this the same guy that made fun of one of the Dallas mavericks that was sick? the maverick was coughing so lejerk and one of his friends coughed on the way to the game. too bad he coughed he should have been choking like he did in the game. it was so funny to see him explain why he was a goofus. harrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr har

    November 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shut_up

    gonna appear in an odumbo classic fundraiser?? wow cnn this is news. you will do anything to get that oblowzo re-elected, but it wont work...

    November 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bigwilliestyles

    The former NBA players should band together and start their own league. The only ones that would be eliminated are the owners, who contribute nothing to the game. They could rent venues to play in until they could fund their own. Its not impossible. The only people who wouldn't support them is the racists, and who needs them anyway.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    That seems to be a blanket statement:
    "The only people who wouldn’t support them is the racists, and who needs them anyway."
    What do you mean?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AreYouSerious

    Come on with the race card. I'm black and I'm field ****** black and if I don't see racism in this thing then it can't be racism..lol. The owners contribute nothing to the game?!!?!?!??! They just sign the checks and provide the arenas. There would be no NBA without owners. Please ignore BIGWILLIESTYLES please! He's doing every black person a disservice by falsely pulling the race card. On behalf of all BLACK people, we are sorry for this boneheaded comment. By the way, had this LeBron character stayed put and his cronies had been plotting a supposed coup of the NBA, we'd be watching basketball right now. Since this nitwit and the rest of his moronic friends want to collude with one another and water-down the NBA, the owners are and SHOULD stand firm.

    LessBrain is to blame for this lockout. Plain and simple. Again folks....SORRY FOR THE STUPID BLACK DUDE who obviously doesnt know what racism is and is doing all African-Americans a great disservice by foolishly pulling the race card.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bigwilliestyles

    People, people, one at a time please! Lol @ Banasy: there are some people who will not support the players, or anything they do, because they are a majority Black group (see Justin @ 3:15 pm). They couldn't care less whether the players are right or wrong, and their comments reflect it. These people contribute nothing to real discourse, racial or otherwise. If the players started a league of their own this type of would only see color, and would with hold their support, hoping that it fails, the Limbaugh approach. I say good riddance; it would do two things: 1. Reduce contact with the world's most miserable human dynamic (racists and their thoughts) and 2: show them that the day when racism could have a major impact are long gone. @ Are you serious: Herman Cain much?

    November 22, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
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    November 22, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Thanks for the explanation.
    I have never thought of the NBA as anything but a group of athletes playing basketball; the absolute greats stick out in my mind because of their skills, not because of their color.

    November 22, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. klownboy

    Nice to see that the NBA will be saved. Oh, what a minute...

    November 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
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