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LeBron James stops by Browns training camp practice

Cleveland Browns training camp Day 12 AP

The most famous face in Cleveland was on the sidelines at Browns practice today.

And then his friend LeBron James showed up.

For all the hysteria Johnny Manziel has created, it doesn’t compare to the excitement when the NBA superstar showed up for practice, making Cleveland the center of the universe.

“Stuff like this doesn’t happen [here],” Cleveland native and Browns safety Donte Whitner said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “That’s why it’s time for a change. LeBron’s from Northeast Ohio, getting Johnny Football here, it’s a lot of excitement, man, we pretty much deserve it. A lot of people kick us around a lot, talk a lot of trash about us, but we deserve it and hopefully we can go out there and put some wins on the board and then we’ll have a happy town.”

James showed up during practice with his kids, and immediately created a buzz, bigger than Manziel has since he turned up on an inflatable swan.

“I’m going to be father of the year now,” Browns coach MikeĀ Pettine said. “I got my daughter a picture with LeBron. She could care less about a picture with me, but …”

Pettine had just met Jim Brown the day before, so he said he had: “Two things off the bucket list.”

The attention James draws can actually be helpful to the Browns, if only that it diverts from Manziel. If James can help his marketing partner learn how to deal with celebrity, the Browns will be even better off.

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22 Responses to “LeBron James stops by Browns training camp practice”
  1. hjb99992013 says: Aug 7, 2014 2:51 PM

    Who is this Jim LeBron gentlemen you refer to?

  2. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 7, 2014 2:51 PM

    Good for Cleveland, I mean it.

  3. jaygatsbytheoneandonly says: Aug 7, 2014 2:58 PM

    Greatness always finds Greatness

  4. citizenstrange says: Aug 7, 2014 3:03 PM

    I still think Hoyer will get the first three starts [Steelers/Saints/Ravens] before the Browns bye week and if he wins one of those games will continue to start and the Steelers are ripe for the picking in the opener. If Hoyers loses all three games Manziel will get the start after the bye.

    1) The Steelers have lost their last three openers in a row by an average score of 27-11 because that’s just how well Tomlin gets them prepared during training camp and preseason.

    2) In the last game of the 2013 season at home against the Browns, Roethlisberger was 19 of 31 for 179 yards, one touchown, two interceptions and a fumble. The Steelers only won because the defense held the Browns to 7 points. I’d say the arrow is pointing down. Coincidentally the Steelers open this season at home against the Browns. I predict that Hoyer (or Manziel) will be able to score more than 7 points.

  5. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh's three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords. says: Aug 7, 2014 3:05 PM

    It’s their only chance to see what a ring looks like.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 7, 2014 3:09 PM

    Should have suited him up and had him play some TE…

  7. skawh says: Aug 7, 2014 3:10 PM

    “Greatness always finds Greatness”

    …………………………………………………………………………

    can we let the kid play a single down in the NFL before labeling him “great?”

  8. clebrowns216 says: Aug 7, 2014 3:10 PM

    Tell him to put that weight back on so he can replace Josh Gordon. Or at least get him to tell Josh to put the doober down.

  9. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 7, 2014 3:16 PM

    OH GOODY

  10. antalicus says: Aug 7, 2014 3:17 PM

    I hope he at least tries to play in the NFL one year of his career. Wait for Manziel to settle in and see if you can cut it as a TE.

  11. scoops1 says: Aug 7, 2014 3:18 PM

    Meanwhile Urban Meyer is wondering when LBJ is going to stop by….

  12. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 7, 2014 3:35 PM

    He still tryna be a receiver.

  13. boisestatewhodat says: Aug 7, 2014 3:51 PM

    As a Saints fan…I love pulling for the Browns! Except week 2 this season…other than that week…I love the Brownies!

  14. stoolerz says: Aug 7, 2014 4:11 PM

    Donte Whitner grew up in and knows what it is like to be a Browns fans-keepin it real.

  15. kamthechancellor says: Aug 7, 2014 4:12 PM

    Seriously…Cleveland deserves some love. Here’s to hoping for a playoff run for the Browns. Maybe a little farther for the Cavs.

  16. fantom21 says: Aug 7, 2014 4:20 PM

    LeBron is looking slim these days.

  17. grogansheroes says: Aug 7, 2014 4:48 PM

    Lebron thought it was a party, not training camp.

  18. labrownjames says: Aug 7, 2014 4:57 PM

    To all of you that had something nice and positive to say about my team(s) and my city…THANK YOU!!

  19. afcdomination says: Aug 7, 2014 5:00 PM

    honestly its a distraction. these guys have so few practices, and I know its an unpopular opinion, but 1 a day practices. you have limits to how many are even in pads. its just a total joke. people point to rule changes, a lack of practice is what has really destroyed defense in the NFL.

    with how much they are paid, they should be there year around. FORCED. I watch hard knocks and just shake my head at these people who make such a big deal out of leaving for camp for all of a couple weeks.

    some of us had fathers who had to travel. we learned to live with it. these guys play 1/3 of the year, they should have to practice a heck of a lot more than they do, even if its just a run through

  20. kwjsb says: Aug 7, 2014 5:04 PM

    Lebron looks lean, he may be hedging to replace Gordon

  21. bassplucker says: Aug 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    They could use a WR about now.

  22. jackericsson says: Aug 7, 2014 5:58 PM

    If “Johnny Football” starts week one, the Steelers should re-sign Harrison to give “show me the money” a proper Colt McCoy welcome to the NFL.

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