The biggest sports story in Ohio this year — and perhaps in much longer — is the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years in Miami.
Ohio State has long maintained a relationship with the Akron native, even setting up a locker for him in the men’s basketball locker room and wearing LeBron-branded stuff.
There are also plenty of fans of both the Cavs and the Heat on the Ohio State teams, so it’s been interesting to watch the reaction over the years as he has competed in Florida considering so many Buckeyes are from that state. Here are some highlights from the day on Twitter:
— OSU BASKETBALL (@OhioStateHoops) July 11, 2014
@KingJames Congratulations!! Happy for you!! Just made NE Ohio’s year!! Best of luck bud!!
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) July 11, 2014
Ima heat fan all day, hate to see him go but it’s good to see him come back home to a place he loves so much! #330 — Devin Smith (@dsmithosu) July 11, 2014
Floored by LeBron’s decision. But his quote “my relationship with NE Ohio is bigger than basketball”says it ALL. Happy for him/his family — Clark Kellogg (@PacerCK) July 11, 2014
And for the fans !! As a Clevelander myself, I’ve been embraced by those fans,too. They are SPECIAL in how they embrace their own ! — Clark Kellogg (@PacerCK) July 11, 2014
Miami who??? — joey galloway (@Joey_Galloway) July 11, 2014
Lebron says 3 words and all of a sudden the Cavs become a contender for a championship! #beast
— Nick Vannett (@N_Vannett81) July 11, 2014
— Kirk Barton (@Kirk_Barton) July 11, 2014
Happy for my city!! Beyond the basketball side!! It really is so much more that this will help bring!! — Dave Lighty (@OSULighty23) July 11, 2014
Ohio .. pic.twitter.com/yer9GpDoV2
— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) July 11, 2014
Loving that Ohio pride! Long live the King! @KingJames
— Jack Mewhort (@jackmewhort) July 11, 2014
— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) July 11, 2014