NBA superstar LeBron James will have his statue erected in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. NBA superstar LeBron James will have his statue erected in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. LeBron James is playing in his 8th consecutive NBA Finals. (Photo: Jason Miller / Getty Images)

Statue of LeBron James set to be erected in his hometown

Israeli sculptor Omri Amrany has been selected to create a likeness of the legendary basketball player in Akron, Ohio.

You – yes, you – could be the reason basketball legend LeBron James gets a life-size statue of himself in his hometown in the near future.

All you need is ... cue Dr. Evil face ... $1 million.

LeBron James LeBron James during Game 4 of the Cavaliers-Celtics playoff series in Boston. (Photo: Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

A diehard fan of King James, fellow Akron native Aaron Carey, started a $1 million GoFundMe page to get his hero a statue in Akron. He says a larger marketing push is coming later.

“We want to do this with the fans,” Carey, who attended the same high school as James, told the Akron Beacon-Journal. “We want fans to be able to thank LeBron for what he has done for Akron and the Cavs.”

He's also selected an artist to design the statue: renowned Israeli-born sculptor Omri Amrany, who's created likenesses for Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and other sports greats.

Omry Amrany and his famous Michael Jordan statue. Omri Amrany and his famous Michael Jordan statue. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Amrany, who now lives in Illinois, has built more than 165 sports statues in his career – and he claims he's not even much of a sports fan. "I am the fan of the world," he told From The Grapevine. "I watch sports for the human achievement. As an artist, as a philosopher, I'm always looking for that."

Two of Omrany's statues: Baseball great Ernie Banks (left) and Jerry West, whose silhouette was the basis for the NBA logo. Two of Omrany's statues: Baseball great Ernie Banks (left) and Jerry West, whose silhouette was the basis for the NBA logo. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

As for the current movement to put LeBron in bronze, Amrany is reportedly game. He "loved the idea of doing a statue in Ohio" for the hoops star, and has already designed a rendering of the statue for use on Carey's fundraising page. (The GoFundMe, by the way, has raised only $1,550 as of May 29. Get your head in the game, people!)

LeBron and his Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is Thursday in Oakland, Calif. It will be the 8th straight year LeBron has played in the NBA Finals.

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