Former Cav Says Cleveland Would Build LeBron James Statues If He Wins Title

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts on the sidelines late in the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

If LeBron James brings a championship to Cleveland, fans there would have gone from burning his jerseys to honoring him in every way imaginable.

For starters, he'd undoubtedly get a statue built in his honor, and according to former Cleveland Cavaliers player Austin Carr, the city of Cleveland wouldn't just stop with one.

Here's what Carr, a Cavalier from 1971 to 1980, thinks would happen if James won a championship for Cleveland, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports: "They would build a bronze statue in front of every building in the city. For him to bring it back here, especially the first year back, he would rise above anybody that has ever played in any sport in this town."

Anybody who lives in Ohio can tell you that is not even an exaggeration. Statues would be built, streets would be renamed, and James would probably be elected mayor at some point.

It's crazy what time can do. Just five years ago, Cleveland fans declared James a "traitor" and named him public enemy No. 1. Now, if he can win just four more games, James will be viewed as the city's savior.

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