Is a LeBron Statue in the Future?
While LeBron James is trying to hang another banner commemorating a championship in Cleveland, a fellow alumnus of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School is trying to erect a statue in Akron, Ohio, of the Cavaliers star.
Aaron Carey, who is an Akron, OH native, attended St. Vincent-St. Mary six years after James graduated. Carey has organized a GoFundMe account and hopes to raise $1 million to commission a statue of James.
LeBron Interviewed About Statue
“First of all, thank you,” James said at a Cavs shootaround Monday morning when informed of the planned statue. “It would be cool, not only for myself but for my family and all the people that had anything to do with this journey thus far. I’m appreciative even of the thought.”
Artist Omri Amrany Creates Rendering
Carey has already reached out to artist Omri Amrany, who designed and built several of the bronze statues outside Staples Center in Los Angeles honoring former Lakers.
Amrany rendered a design of a high-school-age James in his signature headband and No. 23 high school jersey midflight on a hammer dunk.
James was asked what pose he would want for the statue. “I mean, I don’t know,” James said. “I don’t have a particular pose in mind. Like I said, I think it’s the thought that counts. It’s pretty cool.”
Various Locations Considered
Should the requisite money be collected, several locations are in play to put the statue, including outside St. Vincent/St. Mary High School and outside James’ I Promise School, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Carey has also already met with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to discuss the project, according to the newspaper.
Carey has an older brother who played on Dru Joyce’s AAU ( NEO Shooting Stars) team with LeBron. Growing up, he watched James at practice, and in games at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, and was able to experience seeing James enter the league first hand. Carey says James’ career, dedication, and love for the sport encouraged him to play at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, where he was a part of two boys Basketball State Championship Teams (2009, 2011). After high school, Carey attended The Ohio State University on a full academic scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2017.