(CNN) – In a declaration laden with veiled jabs at NBA all star LeBron James, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday declared the Dallas Mavericks honorary Ohioans.
The move came less than 24 hours after the Mavericks defeated James and the Miami Heat in game six of the NBA Finals to win their first ever NBA championship.
"Whereas, NBA Finals [MVP] Dirk Nowitzki chose to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2010, forgoing free agency and keeping his talents in Dallas, remaining loyal to the team, city and fans for whom he played his entire career," the declaration reads in part.
James played his first seven NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers before announcing last July in a highly publicized prime time television special that he would leave Cleveland to team up with a spate of other all-star players in Miami.
The move instantly soured James' relationship with Cavaliers fans and pretty much everyone else in Ohio.
"Whereas, the proud city of Cleveland and the entire state of Ohio share in the excitement of the Dallas Mavericks fans everywhere," Kasich's declaration added.
No word yet on how the Mavericks players and fans will take advantage of all of the "privileges and honors" that come with their new honorary citizenship.