AKRON, Ohio (AP) - LeBron James made a dramatic appearance at
his party - after it ended.
With thousands of his hometown fans already gone or leaving
"LeBron Appreciation Day" on Saturday, James walked through a
side entrance into nearly empty InfCision Stadium on the University
of Akron's campus and made his way down to the playing field.
As fans screamed and pushed to get a look at the superstar,
James, who lives a short drive from the school, was presented with
a crystal trophy, which had already been placed back inside a box
before his surprise appearance.
"Akron is my home and life," James told the crowd.
"Everything I do is for this city. I love everyone of you all.
Akron is home."
During a one-hour ceremony attended by nearly 4,000 fans that
ended about 20 minutes early, James was honored by the city he
affectionately calls home and a place the Cleveland Cavaliers star
and upcoming free agent will soon consider leaving to play for
another NBA team.
James didn't commit to appearing at the event, which was
sponsored by local businesses.
The 25-year-old did not address free agency during his 10-minute
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