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LeBron James Thanks Akron - But Not Cleveland - In Newspaper Ad

LeBron James continues to draw unnecessary headlines in the state of Ohio, this time by taking out a "thank you" newspaper ad directed towards "family, friends and fans in Akron."

Cleveland.com has posted the entire text of the letter, which does not include the word "Cleveland" nor make reference to his time as a player for the Cavaliers.

"For all my life, I have lived in Akron -- and for that, I am truly a lucky man.

"It was here where I first learned how to play basketball, and where I met the people who would become my lifelong friends and mentors. Their guidance, encouragement and support will always be with me.

"Akron is my home, and the central focus of my life. It's where I started, and it's where I will always come back to.

You can be sure that I will continue to do everything I can for this city, which is so important to my family and me. Thank you for your love and support. You mean everything to me."

The site mentions the fact that the letter comes after James's former Cavaliers teammate -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas -- took out a similar ad in Cleveland, calling the city home.

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