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Desperate Clevelanders join voices to beg LeBron James to stay

May 17, 2010 |  2:34 pm

Just how desperate is the city of Cleveland to keep Cavaliers superstar LeBron James? Apparently very, very desperate.

Dozens of high-profile locals -- politicians (including Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland), entertainers, TV and radio personalities and even Indians mascot Slider and a member of the Browns' Dawg Pound -- joined forces to beg King James to remain among them.

And they did it to the tune of 1985 classic "We Are the World."

Brace yourselves:

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has all the behind-the-scenes-details.

It's a great idea and is pretty hilarious ... but it's still only the second-funniest spoof of a charity single begging a star basketball player to stay put.

-- Chuck Schilken