There will one day be a statue of LeBron James in Cleveland, and probably Akron too. There should also be one that perpetually follows Dan Gilbert around for the rest of his life to remind him who's truly responsible for bringing a championship to Cleveland. But we digress.
That day isn't today, nor is it coming anytime soon. A chiseled bronze LeBron will likely debut only after James retires, maybe when he's the owner of an NBA team, hopefully when he's the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But it's never a bad time to talk about the GOAT and the prospect of immortalizing No. 23 in Northeast Ohio while also dispatching someone to correct the inscription — "The best there ever was. The best there ever will be." — on the Michael Jordan statue in Chicago. And we're talking about it a little this morning because there's now a GoFundMe organized by Aaron Carey, an Akron native and recent OSU graduate, to raise $1 million for a LeBron statue.
"LeBron James is the King and we need a movement in Northeast Ohio and throughout the world to show our gratitude and appreciation for all of the love, passion, hard work and effort King James has shown us," it implores. "LeBron has been the most unifying force to revitalize downtown Cleveland, bringing the Cavaliers their first NBA championship. As true fans, we believe it is time we show our appreciation by placing a statue in his beloved hometown of Akron, Ohio."
Carey says he's been in touch with renowned sculpture artist Omri Amrany
on the idea.
"Omri loved the idea of doing a statue in Ohio for LeBron. We’ve included the first rendering of the statue by Mr. Amrany in this campaign (see above)."
Amrany, if you didn't know, has created a ton of iconic sports statues, including Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, and others.
While there's certainly no doubt the fundraiser will fail to meet its $1 million goal — after 13 days, it has raised slightly more than $100 — it is worth putting that number in perspective, for those curious about how much this all costs.
Amrany's recent statue of legendary University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olsen came in at about $300,000.
His Magic Johnson work cost Michigan State University $250,000.
Anyway, LeBron was asked about the idea at this morning's team availability before tonight's game four matchup against the Celtics. He's appreciative
, of course, and doesn't have a particular pose in mind.
If a one-subject work tallies about $250,000 and you've got a hypothetical $1 million to play with, we've got a group statue suggestion
if anyone's interested.