How far have Cleveland fans come since LeBron James spurned them on national television for the Miami Heat? Well, three FInals appearances and two championships later, some fans have found room in their hearts to forgive him.
A group of Cavaliers fans have come up with a “Come Home, LeBron” campaign to try to convince the super star to return to the team that drafted him. They will put their plan into motion Wednesday, when the Heat visit the Cavaliers for a 7:30 p.m. ET game that will be televised on ESPN.
The group has professionally designed logo, a website and social media accounts including a Twitter handle @ComeHomeLeBron and Instagram comehomelebron216.
Fan Josh Raggi is the brains behind the operation. He told the Akron Beacon Journal that he started thinking about the campaign last season after a fan stormed the court to hug James.
“Last year when James Blair stormed the court, I was watching at home,” said Raggi, who grew up in Cuyahoga Falls but now lives in Cranberry Township, Pa. “My partner was at the game, sitting two rows in front of James Blair. We saw the fans’ reaction, overwhelming. We got to talking, ‘We might have something here.’ ”
Raggi and others will pass out 2,000 bright green shirts before the game, according to the report, and will reward fans who take pictures wearing the shirt and tweet them to @ComeHomeLeBron with eligibility to win 2014015 Cavs season tickets. Future plans include putting up a billboard and handing out more T-shirts.
Do I think it will work? I think the fan rushing the court really made an impact on James and I think this campaign will too. I mean, how could it not? If only to show James that he is, somewhat, forgiven. For now.