Skip to comments.Gilbert attacks James in letter
Posted on 07/08/2010 9:51:53 PM PDT by NohSpinZone
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote an open letter to the teams fans after LeBron James(notes) announced his decision to leave the franchise after seven seasons. Here it is in its entirety.
Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.
This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his decision unlike anything ever witnessed in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
(Excerpt) Read more at sports.yahoo.com ...
Panem et circenses
“He didn’t re-sign with US, so I’ll call him names”- that’s how I see it. Not very mature.
Maybe but it struck a chord with me as I was so f’ing sick and tired of this tool stringing his “decision” out so long. I couldn’t watch ESPN this whole week and that was driving me nuts!
No wonder LeBron left...this guy is clearly delusional....
LeBron “says”: http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/benoit.wav
If one of them is injured, the Heat become a slightly above average team. Are they better than the Celtics? Probably. The Magic? Maybe not. This is a hypefest which could turn into much ado about nothing.
I think that the Celtics are better now. They have Perkins, Garnett, and now Oneil in middle. They play a vicious physical defense that mauled the Cavs and Lebron. The owner was right, he quit after game five because he couldn't pay the physical price that the Celtics dished out. I think that any team with an athletic front line and a deep bench will give them fits. They have no bench, no middle, no cap space. And they just gave up a real power guy with a nice outside touch in Beasley. Big mistake IMHO. They aren't going to win it all this coming year. No way.
I don’t give a damn about basketball, which I consider the most poorly designed and pointless human activity imaginable (hey, let’s call time out after we shoot a free throw, due to that there foul. ZZZZ). But, like I suppose just about everybody, I will be hoping King James falls on his face after this display of self absorption previously unknown in human existence..
LOL.... what a bizarre letter..... maybe such “venting” goes over with Cavs fans, but it strikes me as adolescent and more than a bit delusional, immature, unprofessional for an owner of a team....
Nice bravado with the ‘guarantee’ of a championship etc..... then again, since NEITHER the Heat nor the Cavs will win a championship in the current century it’s not exactly inaccurate to assert that the Cavs can win one ‘before’ James and the Heat can win one.....
Greatest. Letter. Ever.
Nah...it was necessary. Everyone in the NBA kissed Lebron’s ass for the last 3 weeks. This needed to be said and most of all needed to be done in the public square.
The lines have been drawn.
Just wait for Lebron to show up at MSG or the United Center in Chicago...he is in for pure hell. Oh and those 2 return games to Cleveland? Yeah, the words that will be uttered for days and weeks leading up to those games and during them will be tame in comparison to this.
Bottom line...he should have done this the way every other player does this...behind closed doors and a press release. He brought this on himself.
Dan Gilbert you magnificent bastard! Please buy the Indians
Who wants to spend their whole life in Cleveland? It’s cold and dreary and depressing. Plus, they never win nothin.
I was never a fan of this classless holligan.
I will be routing for ANY TEAM but Miami this season. I want James to follow Barkley as one who NEVER got a ring. Though, Sir Charles SHOULD have.
“Who wants to spend their whole life in Cleveland?”
Original and thought provoking argument,showing a diabolically clever and insightful wit. Bravo, bravo
It is one thing to decide that you no longer want to be in a relationship with your wife or girlfriend. It is another to publicly humiliate that person and do so with venom. What James dd was classless and typical. Typical of a narcissist just like the other big lib Asshole he stumped for in the elections, the other over rated moron BHO.
If you think that he will do better in Miami, think again. He had a very good team around him the last several years. Don't forget that they won over 60 games two years in a row. He is now going to a team to play second fiddle to Wade. His franchise and his future is much bleaker today than it was 24 hours ago.
not defending anything about how Lebron James handled things, and not really questioning that some such public statement from the Cavs is highly appropriate (given what transpired in recent weeks)
I simply don’t think that the “rant” aspects of the letter will accomplish anything positive (except maybe with Cavs fans, which may be the whole point I guess).
Similar themes should have been expressed in a more adult manner, imho
all the same criticisms of Lebron James could have been made, but in a more convincing and effective manner
Strong words, Mr. Gilbert. Strong, bizarre, and ultimately hollow words. Welcome back to irrelevance, Cavaliers!
LeBron couldn’t win in Cleveland so he bailed. It just means he’s not as good as everyone thinks he is. Hope they finish fourth.
I never have been a fan of the NBA but has a mildly positive image of Mr James. The narcissistic show of the last week has certainly turned that around. I am more likely to avoid anything he touts.
The problem is high taxes and unions.
What...you don't like "Wow, what great teamwork and strategy, perfectly executed for.... two points..." ...and relies on many trials and statistics to tease out a winner? :-)
Put your hands together with the fingers up. Wiggle the fingers to the right and >swish! Two points!< then wiggle your fingers to the left and >swish! Two points!<. Repeat (maybe varying things slightly sometimes) until clock nearly expired--then intentionally thumb wrestle (intentionally breaking rules is part of the game, you know) and slow things way down.
If you want similar action but faster paced, try watching ping-pong.
But... you can't argue with the market. It makes money..people don't seem to care for good design. And there's a market for self-absorbed showmen in America.
The thing LeBron is gonna find out, is that he wont be the go-to guy in Miami. He is a better athlete and physical specimen than Wade, but if they have 1 shot left to win in a playoff game, I think Wade takes it. Wade has more killer instinct and puts more effort out than LeBron.
How long until the “King”s ego makes him leave so he can be the number 1 somewhere else?
I’d almost agree but LeBron James plays more in the mold of Earvin “Magic” Johnson—distributor first and shooter second. James playing on the Heat will be used to distribute the ball to Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Indeed, much of Kobe Bryant’s recent success came from the fact he became a distributor first and shooter second.
From a taxes standpoint, it makes sense to go to Miami since there’s no state income tax — only Orlando or the three Texas teams can compete there. At his income level, that adds up fast.
From a marketing standpoint, he’s already an international figure, so any team would have been fine from a national or international perspective.
So financially, it comes down to whether the local marketing opportunities in NYC or LA or Chicago could bring in enough revenue to overcome the impact of local taxes on his entire income. Probably not.
Of course, he’s making this decision based on the easiest place to win (and perhaps the hotness of the babes in Miami).
Wow. By choosing Miami over NYC, he saves $12.34 million over a five year $96 million contract. And that doesn’t include the savings on the rest of his income. He saves $5.69 million over staying in Cleveland and $10.32 million in avoiding the NJ Nets (from NY Post). No wonder rich people are abandoning NYC.
I recently moved out of Cleveland, so I’m not privy to all the local news I once was, but I don’t believe Gilbert wrote this. I can’t believe he’d have the nerve to guarantee a winning of a championship in Cleveland even during this century let alone before James wins one.
This is just another in a long line of heartbreaks us Clevelanders have had to endure rooting for sports franchises. I don’t wish ill-will towards him but will not be surprised if it happens. What goes around does indeed come around. He’ll still be rich when it comes around though.
One of the Cleveland talk-show hosts (Mike Trivisano) always called him “LeBoob” because he always wore a Yankee’s baseball cap even while attending Cleveland Indians Games. I thought then that the name “Leboob” was over the top, but now I tend to call him that myself. I never bought one of his jerseys and now I’m glad I didn’t.
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