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Cavaliers to replace LeBron banner with photomosaic of fans (PHOTO)

LeBron James

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, workers finish hanging a mural of Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James on a building in Cleveland. The colossal LeBron James banner is getting a small _ but significant _ upgrade. The iconic, 10-stories-tall mural is being removed this week and replaced with a new one that includes a gold patch of the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the back of James’ uniform to represent the Cavaliers winning the NBA title last season to end the city’s 52-year championship drought. The new banner is expected to be installed by Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

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LeBron James long hung in dramatic fashion in Cleveland as the former Cavaliers star was the highlight of the sporting world in Northeasten Ohio. Now LeBron is a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cavaliers -- along with the city of Cleveland -- needed to find a way to replace the iconic banner hanging at Ontario Street and Huron Road.

The solution is apparently going to be a photomosaic of Cavaliers fans constituting a “Guardian of Traffic” that stands over a local bridge.

From Cleveland.com:

The central image, of one of the Art Deco “Guardians of Traffic” that stand sentinel over the Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge, will be a collage of crowdsourced photos of Clevelanders and Cavs fans. The tagline, in capital letters on a black background, is “All for the land.”

This is pretty cool. Plus, Cleveland needed something good after LeBron left and the Browns tied the Pittsburgh Steelers in a bumbling effort to close the first game of the NFL season on Sunday. Long-suffering Browns fan CJ McCollum summed up that one nicely.

It’s going to be a weird year in Cleveland.