You’re Welcome, Cleveland: How I Helped Lebron James Win a Championship and Save
Scott Raab’s big-hearted companion to his darkly comic “sports-jeremiad-slash-memoir” The Whore of Akron follows the first two years of LeBron Jamess return to Cleveland, where everybody just loves a good story of forgivenessespecially when you fulfill your promise and bring home an NBA Championship, the first major title for a Cleveland team since 1964. “If I had a chance to return to Cleveland, and those fans welcomed me back, thatd be a great story.” LeBron James in 2010, days after “The Decision” In 2010, when LeBron James announced to the world that he was leaving for Miami, he broke the collective heart of his native city and destroyed the hopes of an entire tortured generation. Four yearsand two NBA championships laterLeBron came home to the Rust Belt faithful who had vilified him mercilessly, none more so than Raab. Youre Welcome, Cleveland is the story of both LeBrons and Scotts redemption as they pursue the one thing they crave more than anything in lifean NBA title for the city that made them men. Raab went to Cleveland State University and the University of Iowas Writers Workshop. In 2016, he left Esquire magazine after nineteen years as Writer at Large.