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Postby liny195 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:25 am

LeBron James may go from idolized to immortalized in his hometown.

A GoFundMe account has been established with a goal to raise $1 million to sculpt and erect a life-size statue of James in Akron Jason Zucker Jersey , where he began his basketball career before becoming a superstar with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Aaron Carey, who like James played at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, began the campaign to raise money to honor the three-time NBA champion.

”We want to do this with the fans,” Carey told the Akron Beacon-Journal . ”We want fans to be able to thank LeBron for what he has done for Akron and the Cavs.”

Carey told the newspaper he has been in contact with artist Omri Amrany, who has created statues for basketball greats Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

James was touched by the gesture.

”First of all, thank you,” he said Monday when informed of the movement. ”It would be cool John Carlson Jersey , not only for myself, but for my family and all the people that had anything to do with this journey thus far. I’m appreciative even of the thought.”

The 33-year-old is trying to advance to the Finals for the eighth straight time. To do that, the Cavaliers must eliminate the Boston Celtics, who have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series entering Monday’s Game 4.

An initial rendering of a possible statue by Amrany shows James soaring toward the basket, with his right arm cocked back to deliver a dunk while wearing his signature Nikes and his No. 23 high school jersey.

Carey said a site for the statue has not been finalized.

”We really want this to be in Akron,” he said. ”We talked to (Cavs owner) Dan Gilbert and he wants to put one up in Akron after LeBron retires.”

James laughed when asked if he had a preference on how the statue would depict him.

”I don’t have a particular pose in mind,” he said. ”I think it’s the thought that counts, it’s pretty cool.”

Carey said a marketing campaign is underway to attract donors with deep pockets. The first 15 donors to contribute $30,000 or more would receive a limited edition miniature replica of the statue Mitch Unrein Jersey , signed by the artist.




LAS VEGAS – After knotting its NHL Western Conference final series at 1-1 with a 3-1 victory at Winnipeg on Monday night, the Vegas Golden Knights now hold home-ice advantage for the best-of-seven series. But considering how the Jets have played on the road lately, that might not be a good thing.

Winnipeg, which was an NHL-best 32-7-2 at home during the regular season, has actually played better on the road during the playoffs, winning four of its last five away from Bell MTS Place, including a 5-1 rout of Nashville in Game 7 in the conference semifinals. The only road loss during that span was 5-4 in overtime in Game 2 against the Predators.

“We’ll be ready to bounce back,” Winnipeg center Paul Statsny said of heading into Wednesday night’s Game 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “That’s playoff hockey, right? You win one and all of a sudden they get one and we lose one. You think you have momentum. We view this as a fresh start.”

“It’s a series Seth Jones Jersey ,” added Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba. “I don’t think anybody is panicking. We’ve been here before.”

The Jets have outscored their opponents 21-9 in their last five playoff road games, which started with a 2-0 blanking of the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the quarterfinals. They outscored Nashville 11-3 in their final two games at Bridgestone Arena where the Preds were 28-9-4 during the regular season.

“We like our road game, we like where it was in the Nashville series and we’re going to try and bring the same effort,” Trouba said.

Vegas was 29-10-2 at home during the regular season at T-Mobile Arena and is 4-1 there in the playoffs.

“I think you feed off the crowd for sure,” Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland said. “But the visiting team is coming in and trying to quiet the crowd down as much as they can. They’re going to come out flying and we’ve got to be ready to go.”

A bigger key than playing on home ice for both teams in the playoffs has been the ability to score first. Winnipeg is 8-1 when it scores the first goal while Vegas is 7-1.

Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault, who scored two goals in Monday night’s victory, was asked whether he would rather have home ice or the first goal of the game if he had his choice.

“I think playing with the lead,” Marchessault said. “Playing with the lead is huge. When you are able to play with the lead, I think that makes a huge difference.”

Still Jake Ryan Jersey , Marchessault says he’s looking forward to playing the next two games on his home ice. Vegas, behind two goals by William Karlsson, defeated the Jets 5-2 on Nov. 10 in the only regular-season meeting between the two teams at T-Mobile Arena.

“We’re definitely going to have a fun atmosphere,” Marchessault said. “We’ll get a lot of energy off of that.”

Vegas played without third leading scorer David Perron, who had 16 goals and 50 assists in the regular season and has seven assists in the playoffs, on Monday night. Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant wasn’t sure whether Perron would be ready to go on Wednesday night.

“He’s day-to-day,” Gallant said before his team’s optional skate on Tuesday afternoon. “He’s not feeling well.”

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