Dustin Fox is Cleveland's Unofficial Lead Recruiter for LeBron James

July 5, 2014 at 3:19p    by Ramzy Nasrallah    
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Unburnt LeBron James jerseys (via Dustin Fox)
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It began with a Saturday afternoon observation:

Former Buckeye Dustin Fox, now one half of the Bull and Fox radio program has made no secret that he would like to see free agent LeBron James back on with Ohio's NBA team four year after scores of Cavaliers fans publicly burned their #23 jerseys in the aftermath of The Decision.

He then produced evidence that he wasn't among the jersey burners back in 2010:

What followed were dozens of Cavs fans showing both Fox - and James - that they hadn't burned their jerseys either, as pictured above and on Fox's twitter feed.

Cleveland is indeed pursuing Ohio's greatest basketball player, as are the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. Whether the Cavs are successful in bringing James back - after one of the messiest exists in professional sports history - remains to be seen. 

One thing is evident: There is a sizable contingent of fans in Ohio who are ready to forgive and forget - and Fox is trying to make it clear that not all bridges - or jerseys - went up in flames four years ago.


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Buckeyeneer's picture

I was P.O.ed for about a year after the Decision. Now I can't bring myself to care. Time heals all. I doubt he does it, but if he does, I think Cleveland gets itself a championship in something . . . finally.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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Michael Citro's picture

I want him to go someplace completely random, like Sacramento or Minnesota. Because sometimes you just want to watch the world burn.

Crumb's picture

This is one of those times I want to be able to upvote the staff.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

+2 HS
Seabass1974's picture

Maybe he will come to Seattle! Go Supersonics! We have cap space available!

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

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Seattle Linga's picture

For what it's worth - how long have you been in the Seattle area? We moved back 3 years ago b/c the wife is from here and I got a job in West Seattle.

Seabass1974's picture

I think we are coming up on 10 years now.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

Seattle Linga's picture

How about the Vancouver Grizzles - does that work?

+2 HS
buckeyeradar's picture

I think I want to see the world burn...  I think that's one of the dumbest statements I've ever heard.  To bad I can't down vote you.

Buckeye in Texas

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bucksk1n's picture

I think someone needs to see The Dark Knight .. and get a sense of humor / sarcasm detector.

DaytonBuck1980's picture

I just can't get on board with him coming back. I was a HUGE Lebron fan until the decision. I was there to see him presented with his first MVP trophy and that was probably the single most surreal sporting moment I have " witnessed". The chants of "MVP" were literally deafening. I just feel like welcoming him back is like taking back your wife after she sleeps with the mailman and posts the video on YouTube. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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HouseHarleyBuilt's picture

I can't agree with that. Your wife cheating is a personal attack, and LeBrons departure wasn't personal. It'd be more like, if you were a cashier at KMart and KMarts CEO left to take over WalMart before fulfilling his promises to KMart. Then, he decides to come back to KMart realizing he can help turn KMart into a global icon instead of working for a company that already peaked.

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

I get what you're saying and logically you are probably right. But if you're on this website, you probably understand that sports fan are usually illogical with their allegiances. We LOVE our Buckeyes and we LOVE the men who play for them. As illogical as it is, we fans do develop personal feelings for the teams and players we root for. They may not reciprocate that but that doesn't change how we feel. Fan is short for fanatic after all 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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HouseHarleyBuilt's picture

Respect. I hated the way he left and felt betrayed. Especially the fact that he did it on my actual birthday (July 8th). I dislike Melo, but I put my hatred aside when you don my teams colors.

+1 HS
DaytonBuck1980's picture

Happy early birthday my buckeye brethren 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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HouseHarleyBuilt's picture

Thank you much. Lets hope Jerome Baker gets me a commitment for a belated gift. Hilliard, Cornell, and Giddens have already contributed to a good birthday. Baker and LeBron have the ability to make it epic.

buckeyedude's picture

It'd be more like, if you were a cashier at KMart and KMarts CEO left to take over WalMart before fulfilling his promises to KMart. Then, he decides to come back to KMart realizing he can help turn KMart into a global icon

I think the outlook for the Cavaliers is much better than K-Mart. (BTW, K-Mart was based in Detroit before it was bought out by Sears. Now Sears is struggling to survive, ironically).

 

 

HouseHarleyBuilt's picture

I picked KMart at random, truthfully, and that was only because the Miami Heat with Wade, Bosh, and LeBron were the WalMart of the NBA. And, I base that solely on the fact that they were a team that reached its peak and could not get any better because they didn't have the salary cap flexibility or draft picks necessary to improve. (Comparable to WalMart because WalMart could not expand their name any further. Who hasn't heard of WalMart? They're hands down the biggest retail store in America. But that doesn't necessarily make you wanna shop there. Sometimes KMart or Target has a better selection.) It wasn't the most accurate comparison, I know. There are plenty of holes in it. I merely meant it was a more accurate of a comparison than cheating wife. I should've put more thought into it but I thought I did pretty well for thinking of that on the fly. Sorry for the confusion (genuinely)

Bolt's picture

I agree that it would feel dirty...we weren't good enough for him them, why should we be good enough for him now? I just personally hate how wrapped around his finger he had us all, groveling in front of him like he's some sort of god, just to see him break our hearts...and now it's happening all over again. Everyone's on their knees "oh please, LeBron! Oh, please!" It makes me sick. I'm sure he's not trying to manufacture that or anything but it is a side effect that sickens me. Why can't we just move on? Let's move on with our own franchise and fandom and do something without him...he's just going to end up letting everyone who got their hopes up down again if he doesn't come, and setting back the franchise whose plan and direction has been to hope for him to come back again. It's just going to set us back again. Even if he does come I can't bring myself to root for him individually at this point. Wasn't just The Decision or the fact that he left. It's the whole disingenuous aspect of every time something gets difficult for him he cuts and runs. Did it in Cleveland and now would be doing it in Miami. That sprinkled in with his and Dwyane Wade's spoiled brat behavior and sense of entitlement over the last several years...I just don't want to be put in the position to have to root for him again.

DaytonBuck1980's picture

This x1000. I said it 4 years ago , that we only have ourselves to blame. But as an Ohio sports fan, esp Cleveland, we wanted so badly to believe that he was different, that he was one of us. And he said all the right things and then walked on us. Those that look at it as only a business decision, I actually feel like you're missing out. Too truly relish the great times you have to hurt through the bad. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

Boom777's picture

What?! He plays a game? People have been known to kill when their spouse cheats! Next time get a pre-nup to save yourself from the heart ache!

Wherever you are, there you be!

Bolt's picture

Next time get a pre-nup to save yourself from the heart ache!

 Wait, I actually like this. Can we get a prenup this time with LeBron?? 

Findog5's picture

I stopped following the NBA when Bron left.  Him coming home would probably bring me back.  Was just too crushed when he left.   Would live to see him back. 

NCFinn

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Floyd Stahl's picture

If he came back and won a championship for the Cavs, it would be a great story of redemption for both him and the city. Cleveland deserves a championship unlike any other.

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Poison nuts's picture

You have to wonder if he ever realized how the fans would react & never thought what happened would have - with the burnings & the hatred etc...I think for him it was nothing but a business decision that he made in a way too public fashion. But he went out, got his rings, & may want to come home now. I believe he loves his home state & has that pride that many of us from Ohio have. Ohio really is unlike many places in that the pride you have about being from there is something that is engrained into your psyche from birth. Unlike many of the members here, I'd bet this is going to happen. 

I'm a little conflicted now. The Heat are the only sports team I really adopted here in Florida, so I'll miss him, but I'd kind of like him to end up in Cleveland again & do big things for that city.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

+1 HS
rambis's picture

My guess is LBJ has no clue who Dustin Fox is or could care less?

+1 HS
sb97's picture

Given that LBJ is a pretty big Ohio State fan I am going to have to disagree there.

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sb97's picture

If the Heat had won the title this year I would have considered LBJ a lock to go to Cleveland.  Now, I really don't know.  But I don't watch the NBA so take that opinion with a grain of salt.

buckeyebfd's picture

But would you really want Melo on the Cavs? I think where ever LBJ goes he's going to want to bring other along with him and Melo's name has been mentioned a lot. If those two join forces LBJ will probably have his highest assist per game of his career since Melo has never seen a shot he doesn't like.

Fear The Elf's picture

scores of Cavaliers fans publicly burned their #23 jerseys in the aftermath of The Decision.

Scores? Really? You are better than this Ramzy.

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Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Look closely - scores is italicized. Included the NPR link with the one guy who burned his jersey.

For anyone unaware: The media ran with that one guy's jersey burning, making it appear as if the temperature in Cleveland rose from all the miniature fires being set using #23 jerseys as kindling. All of the videos, news stories, etc about LeBron jerseys being burned all point to that one guy.

Fear The Elf's picture

Apologies. I have trouble with the sarcasm font.

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bigtenspeed's picture

If he comes back it's almost like he wants to make things right. I can forgive if that's the case.

*not a Cavs or NBA fan. This perspective comes from an Indians.and Browns fan.

DaytonBuck1980's picture

The only way I'll ever be able to forgive and forget is if he were to air an hour long special on ESPN stating that he made a mistake and that he should have never left Cleveland and definitely not the way he did and he's sorry for quitting in game 6 vs boston and that the whole Miami thing was a horrible idea. Since that will never happen I don't think ill have to worry about forgiveness. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

+1 HS
BUCKSOMIES's picture

I agree that he quit in game 6 vs Boston Dayton and for me that, and the way he made his "decision", is what ticked me off. I didn't really care that he made the decision he did.  He was free to go where he wanted to go.

bigtenspeed's picture

I agree. It was definitely more about how he made the decision.

swainpm's picture

Some people need to learn to just let things go. He didn't owe the city of Cleveland anything and he never will. If he comes back its because he considers the place home, afterall, he could go anywhere he wants. Best of luck to him in wherever he chooses to play next in HIS career. As an Ohioan I hope its in Cleveland again, even if its only for a short period. Nice to have the best player in Ohio.