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A few more random pindowns as as the march toward the opening of training camps continues…
Down with the Browns
LeBron James is no longer in Cleveland, at least not as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he remains a fan of the Cleveland Browns… apparently.
Before the Browns hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in their season-opening game Sunday at First Energy Stadium, James, who signed a four-year, $153 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in July, took to his Twitter account to express his excitement about the team kicking off its season.
Man I swear I’m so EXCITED to watch @Browns today! I’m up like I’m headed to the stadium to prepare to play.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 9, 2018
Interestingly, James grew up a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, when the Browns hosted the Cowboys at what was then known as Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sept. 7, 2008, James appeared on the playing field before the game — on a pass provided by the Browns — interacting with Cowboys players and wearing Dallas colors, also sporting a cap of the New York Yankees, his favorite baseball team… at least at the time.
Speaking of baseball, here’s James at a playoff game between the Indians and the Yankees at then-Jacobs Field on Oct. 4, 2007:
With the Indians, whom provided tickets to James for the game, en route to a 12-3 blowout win that night, James turned the Yankees cap backward and ended up leaving the game well before the blowout concluded.
Of course, by the time Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field rolled around, James, who had led the Cavaliers to the NBA title the previous winter, had ditched his beloved Yankees and become an Indians fan. Here’s him reacting to Rajai Davis’ unforgettable game-tying home run off Aroldis Chapman:
It would be inaccurate to call James a fair-weather fan as the Browns haven’t won a game since… well, a long time, to be kind, but it’s interesting to follow James as he flips allegiances from one team to another.
The Los Angeles Rams are a Super Bowl contender this season, just sayin’.
As basketball fans in Northeast Ohio know all too well, James is no stranger to changing teams, even after telling 30,000 people at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium on Aug. 8, 2014 he would not do so again.
“I’m not going anywhere ever again,” James said. “I don’t have the energy (for free agency).”
Safe to assume, the Los Angeles Lakers are his new favorite basketball team… at least until/if Bronny James reaches the NBA.
In the house
James was not the only Northeast Ohio native and NBA player to show support of the Browns before their game against their hated rivals.
Canton’s C.J. McCollum, a star shooting guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, took it a huge step further, attending the game and appearing in his own personalized Browns jersey on the field before the game, talking with standout receiver Jarvis Landry and other players:
And unlike… *ahem* “others,” McCollum’s allegiances remained true.
The ball on a string
Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors recently sat down for an interview with former NBA standout Steve Smith for an NBATV feature.
Smith asked Curry, “Who’s your Mt. Rushmore of all-time ball handlers?”
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) July 31, 2018
Curry’s answer touched on the present and the past.
“Myself, Kyrie (Irving), Pistol Pete (Maravich) and Magic Johnson.”