Ohio governor takes 
a swipe at LeBron James

Even the governor of Ohio couldn’t resist taking a shot at LeBron James following the Miami Heat’s loss in the NBA Finals on Sunday night. 

On Monday, John Kasich (R) issued a resolution proclaiming the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks “honorary Ohioans” since “the proud city of Cleveland and the entire state of Ohio share the excitement of Dallas Mavericks fans everywhere.”

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James is a native son of Akron, Ohio, and spent the first seven years of his career playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. But he became a reviled figure in the state last off-season, when he appeared on ESPN to announce he was “taking [his] talents to South Beach” to play for the Heat. 

Kasich riffed off James’s now-famous statement in his resolution, making reference to Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki, who was named the most valuable player of the finals, which Dallas won in six games.

“Nowitzki chose to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2010, forgoing free agency and keeping his talents in Dallas, thus remaining loyal to the team, city and fans for whom he played his entire career,” he wrote.

The resolution comes after President Obama appeared on a Cleveland TV station earlier this month and asked about James while predicting the Heat would win the series.