LeBron banner approved to hang in Cleveland

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 08: LeBron James speaks during a press conference at The University of Akron before the kickoff of his welcome ceremony at InfoCison Stadium at The University of Akron on August 8, 2014 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND (AP) A larger-than-life LeBron James will again tower over downtown.

The city's planning commission approved artwork on Friday for a new 10-story-high banner of the NBA superstar, his arms outstretched and ''Cleveland'' across the back of his jersey.

It will hang across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers.

The Nike-sponsored banner is similar to the black-and-white ''Witness'' that adorned an outside wall of Sherwin-Williams Co.'s headquarters for years. It was removed after James left for the Miami Heat in 2010.

The new banner is expected to be installed before the Cavs' home opener on Oct. 30 against New York.

James signed as a free agent with the Cavs this summer, returning to his home state to attempt to win Cleveland's first major pro sports championship since 1964.

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