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LeBron James calls recruitment billboard in Akron ‘flattering’

LeBron James on Friday once again had to respond to yet another billboard being erected in a creative bid to recruit him should he hit free agency this summer. But this time, said billboard popped up in his own backyard to convince him to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Alison McIntyre Baranek, a realtor in James’ hometown of Akron, has footed the cost of a billboard in which the case is made that #ThisIsHome.

As has been the case on another occasion when a billboard sprung up, James referred to Baranek’s efforts as “flattering.”

“I haven’t seen it, but, like I said before, it’s very flattering,” James said Friday, via Cleveland.com. “It’s just, I don’t know, it’s very humbling. I know my hometown, so, I already know there’s no place like Akron, that’s for sure.”

James again reiterated the billboards will not have any impact on his decision-making. Further, James pointed out — again — he’s solely focused on the here and now with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“It’s not that I ignore it,” James said. “I mean, I see it, but I know what’s important. I’ve always been able to keep the main thing the main thing. I see pretty much everything. I have not seen that billboard just yet, but I will. I see and I hear pretty much everything, but I know what’s important. I know what keeps me focused. I know what the job is at hand and that’s just how I’ve always been. It’s been like that my whole life.

“… “What’s important now is finishing the school year up and see what happens after the season. I’ve always been that way. When I was a kid, I’ve always just tackled the main thing at the present time and worried about the future when it’s upon me.”

There has been a burgeoning trend of parties making recruitment pitches to James via billboards. And despite James’ insistence that the billboards are not effective, there appears to be no end in sight.