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Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is not pleased with LeBron James' decision

Jul 8, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

In response to LeBron James’ decision to join the Miami Heat next season, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has written a letter to fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers, which can currently be seen on the Cavaliers’ website. The tone of the letter was not pro-LeBron. Here are some excerpts:

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…
…You have given so much and deserve so much more. 
In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight: 
“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE” 
You can take it to the bank.
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there. 
Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works. 
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become. 
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio. 

To read the full article on the Cavaliers’ website, click the above link. One thing is for sure; from the folks on the streets burning jerseys to billionaires, the city of Cleveland is not happy with LeBron James right now. 

  1. Paul in KY - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Mr. Gilbert’s letter was not professional, IMO. That said, you can see how emotional he is & I think alot of fans in Cleveland feel the same way.
    They got to the finals a couple of years ago. You would think that if you got to the finals, you could win it with another player or two.
    LBJ can go where he wants when he is a free agent. I wish he had let them know earlier (in a professional manner) that he would be going elsewhere.

  2. Anonymous - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    I believe that Gilbert is thinking more with his heart – and, in reality, those are the type of owners I like the most. Cuban is a businessman, but his NBA team is his heart, Buss is a businessman (the Lakers being his main income) but he still extends himself every year to be where he loves to be – at the pinnacle. The NBA is more than just a business, and players are more than just employees – because these NBA teams give hope , excitement, and a modicum of reason to keep on in every fan’s life.
    Lebron, more than just leaving, torched Cleveland. There can be no player brought back, because the Heat have no players to send. Lebron waited just long enough for the main free agents to sign with other teams before announcing on television what his intentions were. Lebron ensured, by his actions, that Cleveland could not fill the hole his departure would leave. Lebron torched Cleveland. Cleveland fans (and, a Cleveland owner who is more than just a businessman – but a man with a big heart) have every right to be very, very upset.

  3. GladIDontLiveinCleland - Jul 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    You are right I don’t understand because I dont live in Cleveland. You now displayed for all of America what a bunch of losers you really are. You actually have a list of the worst sports moments? You have a list of most hated figures in (Art Model now LeBron)? GET A FREAKING LIFE YOU SORRY LOSERS! Good luck getting anyone to EVER play in that awful place! A guy leaves and you throw him under the bus in the most unprofessional childish tirade of a letter ever written by a human with an IQ over 10, If he was such a quitter and such a loser why are you all so upset? Shouldn’t you be rejoicing and thanking him for leaving?
    I saw and felt as did the rest of this country that he truly was disappointed to have to leave to have a chance to win – and take less money to do it, So pick a side Cleveland fans – Either he was a terrible selfish quitter and rejoice, or he is what the rest of know he is – the best player in the league and he left your miserable town and exposed you all for what you are Crybabies! C-Town – Never knew the “C” was for Crybaby.

  4. Kevin - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    So let me get this straight. The media over hypes what Lebron intends to do after his contract expires. Instead of just stating what he intends to do, he enjoys the spot light while raising two million dollars for the boys and girls club. But yet everyone finds the tv special egotistical and in bad taste?
    A charity orginization now has two million more then they did a week ago and can put it to good use and your worried about everyones feelings? No heads up? Well what do you think he would do, if he gave a heads up beforehand that would ruin the ratings on the special.
    As he said this is a business and Gilbert has done a horrible job managing the franchise. Bringing Mo Williams in, Shaq, Jamison and Parker is a feeble attempt at improving your team over a 7 year period. Keeping Mike Brown that long even hurt your chances even more since his main offensive strategy was “give Lebron the ball and try to run iso plays”. How many times have you seen the Cavs players stand around while the ball is in James hands.
    As for the fans, seriously your surprised that he left??? If you have a player like Lebron, you need to be acting like the Celtics fans or the Thunders. Only time they would really get on their feet and cheer is if there up 20. But when its tied or down by 5….nothing. Be happy your team was even worth mentioning for a while.

  5. Cava"LIAR" - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    It’s easy now to see just how much lies goes into recruiting. I’m sure Mr.Gilbert and his cronies, when trying to re-sign him, told LBJ how great he is and how hard he worked for the team. As soon as LBJ’S decision was made and it was appearent he wouldn’t be filling Mr.Gilbert’s stands with fans and his wallet with cash, the true VILAIN came out..the NBA is a business, LBJ made a business decision. No different than the cavs releasing a lesser player with no regards for his family or his wellbeing. Life goes on. Get over it Cleveland. you’ve been dumped. it just didn’t work out. Move the F on.No need for name calling or trying to label this man as some turncoat. Mr.Gilbert, when you look in the mirror, do you see a person you would like our children to aspire to be like?

  6. mike - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Grow Ass man? Must have been a nig that wrote THAT.

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