In the days leading up to LeBron James’ free agency announcement, aka "The Decision 2.0", things were anything but calm in Bath, Ohio, the site of James’ home. Fans, journalists and police flooded the streets and caused quite a commotion at LeBron’s place of residence as he made the world wait on what eventually would be his decision to return to Cleveland.
But now, James wants to make it up to his neighbors for all of the ruckus his fans caused — by sending them cupcakes.
According to Will Smith, who lives with his family in the same neighborhood as James, a package of cupcakes from the LeBron James Family Foundation was delivered to his home Tuesday afternoon. The following note was attached:
"We know that things have been hectic in the neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos.
We are so thankful to live in this community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.
As a gesture of our gratitude and appreciation, our family wants to give you something that is very meaningful to us, our foundation’s cupcakes:
‘Just a kid from Akron cherry cola cupcake’ and ‘homecourt chocolate chunk cupcake’
We hope you enjoy the treat!
Savannah, LeBron, Bronny, Bryce"
"The exchange was pretty simple," Smith said in an email to FOX Sports Ohio. "Two women from Baker Blvd Decadent Desserts rang our front door bell, gave us the cupcakes and said ‘These cupcakes are from Lebron (sic) James. He sent them to everyone in the neighborhood because of the commotion surrounding his coming back.’ We had no face to face interaction with Lebron, but nonetheless, it was an extremely kind gesture."
Smith went on to write that his family has to pass by James’ house to exit the neighborhood and that the day before LeBron made the announcement, the street was extremely congested.
"There were TV crews there all day and cars parked on both sides of the street for a block or two. People were walking around, hanging out, taking pictures in front of his house, etc. The police showed up on Friday and steadied the chaos. There was still a constant flow of traffic, but no one stopping, merely congestion."
Smith, who is a huge Cavaliers fan and is extremely excited to have LeBron back in the Wine and Gold, said there have been plenty of sightseers in the neighborhood since the decision was announced, but at a lesser frequency.
It’s just another example of James continuing to build goodwill in a community he calls home. But really, he should’ve sent something from Caroline’s Cupcakes, which predicted his return to Cleveland.