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It’s about time. NBA superstar LeBron James has finally thanked his hometown properly, taking out a full-page ad in the Akron Beacon Journal expressing his gratitude to the people of Akron for supporting him over the years. He does not, however, mention Cleveland, the city for whom he played basketball for the last seven years. According to ESPN, the ad also features photos of James at various community events in the city, including his annual downtown bike-a-thon, which he will take part in on Saturday. "It was here where I first learned how to play basketball, and where I met the people who would become my lifelong friends and mentors,” the ad reads. “Their guidance, encouragement and support will always be with me." James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat as a free agent last month, leaving behind the team that drafted him for a chance to play with fellow NBA superstars and Olympic teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Fans and members of the Cavaliers organization have reacted negatively to the star's decision, with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert writing a scathing open letter to fans in which he calls his former franchise player “cursed.” James, however, still considers the state of Ohio and the city of Akron his home. "Akron is my home, and the central focus of my life,” his ad continues. “It's where I started, and it's where I will always come back to. You can be sure that I will continue to do everything I can for this city, which is so important to my family and me. Thank you for your love and support. You mean everything to me."