With LeBron James returning to Cleveland, an Ohio Democrat wants to give the state’s residents a chance to honor the basketball star with a commemorative license plate.
According to The Associated Press, via Yahoo, State Representative Bill Patmon introduced a plan for the sale of a license plate that reads “LeBron James Witness 2.0.” Patmon said LeBron’s return to Cleveland is “a big deal” for the city.
“It might not be for the rest of the world, but it’s a big deal for Cleveland,” he added.
James started with the Cavaliers back in 2003 and was a member of the team for seven seasons before making the switch to Miami. After four seasons with the Heat, two of which resulted in back-to-back championship wins, LeBron is returning to the place where his NBA career started.
LeBron’s representatives wouldn’t comment on the license plate proposal.
If the proposal passes, the license plate would be the first one in the state to honor a person dead or alive, according to Ohio BMV spokeswoman Lindsay Bohrer. She added that she is not aware if there ever has been one like the one proposed to honor LeBron James.
This would also not be the first specialty plate that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles approved. Patmon said he approved one that honored Superman, too, and it became popular with people outside of Ohio.
“People from all over country and world called (the BMV) office about the Superman license plate,” Patmon said.
Those who want to purchase the LeBron James license plate must reside in Ohio. However, Patmon believes that there will be an “after-market” for the plates.
In a related report from The Inquisitr, LeBron James’ popularity has seen an increase after he made the decision to leave the Miami Heat and return to the Cavaliers.
An E-poll score had James at 87 in January 2010, when he was still with the Cavaliers. When LeBron decided to go to Miami, his score dropped to 47. It reached an all-time low of 40 after the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. LeBron’s score rose to 70 when the Heat won their first championship.
With LeBron James making a return to Cleveland, his score is now at 80. E-poll president and CEO Gerry Philpott believes the loss to the San Antonio Spurs this year is also a contributing factor to James’ popularity score.
“I think the loss to the Spurs actually helped him, made him look more human, and then his coming back to Cleveland, and the way he did it, did even more to change how people viewed him,” Philpott added.
In other LeBron James news, the basketball star is one of many sending out well wishes to Paul George of the Indiana Pacers. According to a report from NBC Sports, George suffered what appears to be a “lower leg fracture” during the USA Basketball scrimmage match in Las Vegas. After George was carried off on a stretcher, and people realized the severity of his injury, head coach Mike Krzyzewski called off the rest of the match.
Man just landed and got a message about @Paul_George24. Made me immediately sick to my stomach!! Praying for u a speedy recovery homie!!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 2, 2014
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