Ohio Mourns The Passing Of Its Sports Hero, NBA Legend LeBron James

Andru LemonContributor IJuly 9, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a call in the first half against of the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User Expressly Acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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July 8th, 2050

A nation of basketball fans and the entire state of Ohio are dressed in black today following the passing of arguably the greatest player the sport has known and one of the most admired people in the State of Ohio, LeBron James.

James had been a figure in sports since his high school playing days in Akron, not only famous in the region but on a national level as well.  Deciding to turn pro rather than attend college, something he would later regret and famously amend, he was by far the most coveted young player of his generation.  Miraculously the team that won the NBA Draft Lottery that year were the Cleveland Cavaliers, the hometown team.

King James, as he dubbed himself, was an instant superstar, but the Cavs struggled to put together a championship team.  The player's strive for winning caused him to be tempted to leave in free agency a number of times, but James stayed in Ohio and remained loyal to the team and town that really saw him as royalty.

His dedication paid off when in 2014 the Cavaliers won the franchise's first-ever championship, giving the city of Cleveland their first local pro-sports champions in almost half a century. The glory would be brief, however, as the team struggled to compete with the aging, overpaid veterans that had been brought in as James' supporting cast. The King's game had faded as well, and in 2017 he retired as a player, but not before breaking the NBA records for Points and Triple Doubles.

The Cavaliers, not wanting to lose LeBron's star, named James head couch amid much controversy.  This proved to be a disaster, and James admitted in a press conference that he was not cut out to be a couch. Soon after, he left that position.  The lack of activity and attention in former superstar’s life, and a desire to maximize his financial potential, inspired James to take advantage of an opportunity he had previously ignored, attending college.

In 3 years, LeBron James was able to complete a business degree at the Ohio State University. Afterwards, among many successful business ventures, James became owner of the D-League team in Columbus and then President of the Cavaliers organization. While he only won a single championship in his playing career, as an executive James won 4 championships.

Without a doubt LeBron James transformed the NBA with his level of play. More drastically his heart and dedication changed the course of Ohio sports, reestablishing a winning tradition. James was unanimously voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame His jerseys are the highest-selling in sports merchandise history. Several streets in Ohio have been renamed in his honor, as well as a high school in his hometown of Akron.  Over the years he dedicated his time and money to helping Ohio’s less fortunate ones. He will be dearly missed.