- Associated Press - Thursday, July 8, 2010

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland fans gathered around televisions yelled in anguish as LeBron James announced he will leave the Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat.

At a shopping area in suburban Westlake hundreds of people who had clamored around TVs turned their backs and headed home when James made the announcement on ESPN Thursday night.

A loud “no” was heard the moment after James said he was leaving.

Fans across the northeast Ohio region had sung, danced and cheered in a campaign to keep James. “LeBron Watch” parties featured dunk tanks, beer specials and poster giveaways.

Extra police officers were stationed downtown to handle any crowds.


Associated Press freelance writer Chuck Murr contributed to this report.



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