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. Lebron James

    ...IS an exhibition.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    @LB: lol.
    And I mean that: LB makes me lol.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rsprings

    He is probably going to charge admission....to replace the income he is losing for being a greedy NBA player. OWS should Occupy him.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg


      November 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoyo

      the revenues from ticket sales are going to charity actually...

      November 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Morbid Mindy

    Get back to me once he has 1 ring, let alone the 8 he promised Miami and we will talk then.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kerry

    The moron actually thinks people in Ohio want to see him. What an ego. He'll be lucky of the booing ever stops the whole night...that is, if anyone shows up

    November 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      or anyone else anywhere else for that matter!

      November 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Akron's Cozy

      Actually, I got to the University of Akron and unlike some people I DO NOT hold grudges against people. The man has talent and gave me this chills so many times in so many games he at least deserves my respect for his game. You need to go re-evaluate what really matters in life, my friend.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    I hope the fans boo him in a meaningless exhibition.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Detroit Dave

    Good thing Cleveland isn't re-enforcing the stereotype of being a negative crap-hole of a city that hates everything and drives everything half-decent out of town.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ha Ha Detroit Dave

      Mr. Detroit, if you were from somewhere else, maybe we'd listen, but Detroit? Haaaaaa no.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 4th wright

    Prima donnas. They need the spotlight now and then to verify they still have someone to adore them.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ok, kettle

    really dave? 'cause detroit's something to brag about? i'd take cleveland over detroit ANY day.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cleveland Resident


    November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OOdeep

    December 12th is the exhibition game on the tax payers back! The Obama Bowl.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. What?

    Many cities are worse than Detroit. Every state has their own "Detroit". Including yours so get your noses out of the air...

    November 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. And

    If you guys were as smart as you think you are then you would know that, statistically speaking, Flint Michigan is a much poorer and more dangerous city

    November 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Justin

    @ George Patton

    Lebron James is such a stupid, black, S.O.B.!! Go get a real job hot shot.

    Can you get any more racist?

    November 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Doofus

    Wow racist much?

    November 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
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