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Cleveland hurting after LeBron James chooses L.A.

LeBron James jerseys in assorted colors hung inside the Clevelend Cavaliersteam shop, their retail price slashed by 40 percent.

Eight years ago, some of them were still smoldering in the streets.

The day after James announced he is leaving Cleveland as a free agent for the second time since 2010, anger gave way to acceptance. There was still deep disappointment that the world's best player -- Akron, Ohio, born and raised -- is leaving again, this time for the brighter lights of Los Angeles and a chance to play with the storied Lakers.

The pain is real. Cleveland is just handling it a lot better this time.

"It hurts at first, but we'll be OK," said Dave Howes, who manages Harry Buffalo, a sports bar and restaurant situated across the street from the Cavs' home, Quicken Loans Arena. "We'll rebound from it."

If any city knows how to mount a comeback, it's this one. Once a national punchline for jokes, Cleveland is thriving with new hotels, shops, condominiums and trendy microbreweries popping up on both sides of the Cuyahoga River. Millennials have flocked to live in once-neglected areas transformed into flourishing neighborhoods with hip food and arts scenes.

A skyline once dotted with factory smokestacks now features gleaming high-rise apartment buildings.

There's new construction everywhere, including at the basketball arena, which is currently undergoing a $140 million renovation.

Nothing looks as it did a few years ago.

James made it happen. The LeBron Effect. He put Cleveland on the map, changing the city's collective psyche and delivering on his promise by winning a championship in 2016 -- the city's first since 1964.

No wonder some are having a hard time saying goodbye. But the criticism of James was more muted this time around.

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman shared a heartfelt Instagram post to wish James well in L.A. and express how much he'll miss his now-former teammate.

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My view: Who on earth would refuse $154million deal if offered, absolutely no one, except billionaires. Cleverland have no reason to be sad, as they have Tristan Thompson, who'll attract attention, bring fame outside the court and make them sell more kit. While Tristan's former teammate superstar LeBron James is showing off his new lucrative mouth-watering and earth-shaterring deal at the cool age of 33, meanwhile "cheater" and "woman wrapper" Tristan, 27, announced to the world that his cougar girlfriend Khloe Kardashian knows his iphone password, so what? you'll still cheat, instead of focusing his mind on how he'll land a big deal like LeBron James, he's surrounded by the Kardashian and Jenner women using him for more attention, what a big fool.? They need you more than you need them, for their pointless KUWTK show, that's why they're all desperate to make your relationship with doormat WAG Khloe work. Open your eyes Tristan, they're using you, so, make sure you get a $50million deal just for yourself, as everyone knows the show is not as great as before, their ratings has dropped, but because of you, it was up a little bit, just the mention of your name alone. At least for the first time a man actually made the Kardashian and Jenners look cheap and ordinary. E News should sign the Markles, they're now more interesting to watch as they're real not plastic and no filter, they also have a Royal in their family Duchess of Sussex Meghan.