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"Cavs For Mavs" Movement Gains Steam in Cleveland

Cleveland fans, still feeling burned by LeBron's decision, have become adopted Mavs fans

By Scott Crisp
|  Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011  |  Updated 3:35 PM CDT
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Despite being owners of a conference-worst record 19-63, NBA fans in Cleveland have a clear horse in the race for the NBA Championship, which began on Tuesday night in Miami, the city to which LeBron so famously (or infamously, depending on where you live) took his talents last year.

Shortly after the Heat advanced to the Finals last Thursday night, one Cleveland area artist and graphic designer George Vlosich took to his computer and produced a t-shirt that embodies most Cleveland residents’ view on the series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat (read: LeBron James).

Vlosich took an old school “Cavs” logo, covered the orange “C” with a blue “M” and hung a white cowboy hat off the “S,” and the official apparel of what’s being called the “Cavs for Mavs” movement was born.

"Clevelanders have kind of pulled together to root against [James]. That's kind of a neat thing," Vlosich said, per ESPN Dallas. "We're rooting as hard against them as we would for the Cavs."

Okay, so these Ohioans are more detractors of LeBron than they are lovers of Dirk and company, but the support is there regardless of its source of origin. One thread on RealCavsFan.com recently began with the statement, “Dallas Mavericks: America’s Team.”

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