“LeBron James’ Top Thrill Dragster” has a nice ring to it.
Reaction was swift and somewhat snarky Wednesday when Cedar Point threw out the latest incentive to lure the NBA’s biggest star back to Ohio.
Rumors have been swirling this week that James is considering a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Hey @KingJames - come back to the @cavs and we’ll rename one of our coasters, ‘King James!,” the park tweeted. “Ball in your court, sir. RT, #Ohio!”
Within minutes, fans and Sandusky Register readers alike began responding to the offer.
Stephen Hartzell suggested renaming the Corkscrew in James’ honor on the Register’s Facebook page.
Michael Benson suggested “Something with the word ‘streak’ in it,” a reference to James’ two championships with the Miami Heat.
Others weren’t as kind.
Mark Malone warned if any ride is named for James, “It would only work three quarters and then quit!”
Facebook friend Carson Van Ness added: “Too bad they got rid of Demon Drop they could have named it Demon Flop for Lebron”
Still others, both on the Register’s website and Facebook page, said the offer was nothing more than a “PR stunt,” which should be extended to members of the military or others they deemed more deserving.
And then there are the fans who turned on James when he left Cleveland for the Heat four years ago with a very public announcement.
Commenter “Cowboy” summed it up: “How stupid!! That’s pathetic!! We don’t even want his sorry butt back here!!”
As of Wednesday afternoon, there hadn’t been any official communication between Cedar Point and James, confirmed Bryan Edwards, the park’s spokesman.
“The offer’s out there,” he told the Register. “The area just got the RNC, we’re home to Cedar Point, this area has a lot to offer”
When asked whether James would select which coaster would bear his name, Edwards laughed. “We’re still discussing it,” he said.