Hype Man LeBron James Acknowledges 215Lb Ohio State Star’s Touching Tribute Ahead of Big Game Against Maryland

Published 10/07/2023, 2:59 PM EDT

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LeBron James may have left Cleveland, but the Akron native still has a special place for Ohio. King James’ upbringing in Akron played a significant role in shaping his life and career. LeBron continues to show his appreciation towards Ohio and its community. James is a prominent supporter of every sporting outfit from Ohio.

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His love for Ohio State runs deep, as he proclaimed that he would have played for Ohio State if he hadn’t joined the NBA. Recently, LeBron chose to hype up the Ohio State Buckeyes star player before a big game against Maryland.

LeBron Acknowledges Marvin Harrison Jr.

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LeBron’s love for Ohio State goes back ages, as the 38-year-old would have suited up for Ohio State before he got drafted in 2003. As Lebron looks to prepare for the new NBA season in Vegas, his beloved Buckeyes have a crucial game against Maryland. Ohio State has eight wins against Maryland in their eight meetings dating back to 2014. But Maryland last lost in 2022, after which they have put together a seven-game winning streak.

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LeBron posted a story on his Instagram handle hyping up star wide receiver of Ohio State, Marvin Harrison. He wrote, “Let’s Go 18!!! H.I.M”. The post also accompanied several fire emojis.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is widely regarded as the best pass-catcher in college football. The 21-year-old wide receiver already has 336 receiving yards, which has resulted in 3 touchdowns. Ohio State have won all four games of the season and King James would be hoping that the Buckeyes can go all the way and win the title. LeBron and the Lakers start their preseason against the Warriors later tonight. But LeBron wouldn’t be present, as he looks to support his “little sister” in her quest to win the WNBA title.

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LeBron’s Love for Ohio

LeBron James’s love affair with Ohio runs deep. Born in Akron, he rose to basketball stardom while attending St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. His journey to NBA greatness with the Cleveland Cavaliers further cemented his bond with the state. LeBron’s decision to return to the Cavaliers in 2014 before leading them to an NBA championship in 2016 was a triumphant homecoming.

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The creation of the “I PROMISE School” in Akron showcases his commitment to giving back to his community. LeBron’s connection with Ohio extends beyond basketball. It’s a testament to his enduring love and dedication to his roots. It’s fair to say that LeBron hasn’t forgotten his roots, even after becoming one of the most influential people in the world.

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers’ triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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