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Browns players eager to assume LeBron James’ throne in Cleveland

There of course will be a colossal void left in the Cleveland sports scene with LeBron James once again leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, this time to join the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $154 million deal. And in the wake of James’ second exodus, a few Cleveland Browns players have offered to step up and seize The King’s throne.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett took to Twitter Sunday evening to stake his claim on James’ once-unquestioned top billing in Cleveland.

Joining Garrett in an amusing bid at a power grab is Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey, who also took to Twitter to stake his claim on James’ throne.

Browns free safety Damarious Randall chimed in via Twitter as well.

Garrett, Kirksey and Randall obviously have much, much more to accomplish in their careers before coming close to even meriting being mentioned in the same breath as James.

Interestingly, Kirksey predicted on Twitter last month that Cleveland, who have won only one game over past two seasons, would enjoy a remarkably historic turnaround in 2018 by reaching the postseason, writing that the “Browns will be in the playoffs this year.”

And then there’s Garrett. The Browns defensive end sparked a firestorm last month by bashing Kevin Durant, saying the superstar “broke” the NBA by joining the Golden State Warriors in July of 2016. Garrett absolved James of doing the same thing when the hometown hero took his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat in the quest of a championship. Perhaps he still feels the same way.

It appears to be the general consensus in Cleveland that James’ departure this time around stings a lot less than last time given he made good on his promise to deliver a championship. The Browns without question can serve a huge role in helping fill the sports void left in James’ absence. At least a few players on the team appear up for the enormous, and arguably impossible, challenge.