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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. Bump Dan Gilbert - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Man, screw Dan Gilbert. You are the main reason Lebron left in the first place. First you fire a coach who won more than 60 games two years in a row, then fire the GM who built the team that won all those games, and as the last straw, tried to hire Tom Izzo, who hasn’t coached a single professional game….no wonder Lebron left town. Now you’re trying to pass your incompetence off on Lebron, but I see right thru you…try looking in the mirror, chump!

  2. vishaal - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    …I guess Antawn Jamison, Mo Williams aren’t good enough?
    How about Delonte West, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, and Anderson Varejao? All of whom were touted as perfect role players?
    When is the problem LeBron, and not the team?
    But maybe LeBron realized this. Maybe it’s why he put up a white flag, settling for winning a ring as a team player with other superstars rather than winning it as THE man (ala Jordan, or for the last two years, Kobe). And by the man, I don’t mean lacking in support (Pau Gasol is a great [far better than Bosh, at least] complementary star to Kobe; and we all know the perfect complements Jordan and Pippen were to each other). But we know who the leader and soul of the team is.
    But maybe that’s it, LeBron showing some maturity and realizing, “Hey, I’m not going to win any titles by myself. I might as well team up with D-Wade, a proven champion, and a top post player in Bosh and win rings, even if I’m not the main guy.”

  3. sflajimmy - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Yes my username says it all. I live in SFLA but I’m from Cleveland and my heart goes out to the city…that LBJ just ripped the heart out of. Sure Gilbert’s letter is a tad immature but he can feel anyway he wants and right now he’s pissed. To say that LBJ owes nothing to Cleveland is ridiculous. The fans there live and die with the Cavs and supported that team and LBJ for years hoping against hope that they would finally get a championship. What they got was another betrayal on the same level as Art Modell slipping the Browns out of town in the middle of the night to Baltimore. What a couple of self-centered asshats. In the end it’s just a game and one being played by overgrown children that act like overgrown children. After the Browns fiasco I gave up on investing any of my emotion in professional sports. There are things that are much more important than watching overpaid children play sports. I hope that this turns into on the all time busts in pro-sports history.

  4. syoung1940 - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    I agree with you Joe and furthermore, the Cav’s management blew this baby. They had 7 years to build a great team around Lebron. Pat Riley beat them to it. I am from Cincy and I am saddend too, by his departure, but I wish him the best. We are all as good as our management.

  5. dennis jennings - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    yes lebron made the right decision the city of cleveland is very racist and ran by the mafia and so is the owner of the calvaliers cleveland will never have a championship in basketball football or baseball because those people in those organizations are complete total stupid idiots in cleveland.

  6. Kevin - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Win an NBA title?! Oh no… this man is delusional.. They will go back to being just a little bit better than the Sacramento Kings haha

  7. Kyle - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Haters gonna hate.

  8. dennis jennings - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    yes lebron made the right decision the city of cleveland is very racist and ran by the mafia and so is the owner of the calvaliers cleveland will never have a championship in basketball football or baseball because those people in those organizations are complete total stupid idiots in cleveland.

  9. Mark - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Dan Gilbert felt betrayed because I believe Lebron gave out the vibe that he was going to stay with the Cavs until his “decision”. But my feeling is that Lebron knew he was going with Wade and Bosh all along, ever since 2007. I love what Gilbert wrote because it was from the heart. He was betrayed like the rest of us real Cavs fans, not Lebron fans. Lebron fans can go follow him to the Heat for all I care. The real Cavs fans feel just as bit as angry as Gilbert is right now. And please don’t give me the “they didn’t put talent around Lebron”.. BULLCRAP! Most of the players on the roster last year were approved by Lebron. Shaq, Antawn Jamison, Daniel Gibson, all there because of Lebron’s approval. But, in the end, it was his decision to leave. However, he could have been more tactful then to stab Clevelanders in the back with “the decision”, which will go down with “the fumble”, “the drive”, “the (Browns) Move” and all of the other crap us Clevelanders have had to endure. So, good luck in Miami, Lebron. And break a leg. Really, I hope it breaks in half.

  10. Nailzz - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    None of you understand who don’t live in Cleveland. Lebron held us hostage just long enough to miss out on ANY other free agent possibilities. We can’t even do a sign and trade with him because he went to a team that has NO players. He not only left but he blocked us from being able to immediately survive in his absence. He broke up with us via national TV. He hurt area businesses and he wasted a lot of our time, money and tax dollars. We built him a state of the art training facility, remodeled the arena and labeled this city with his face and likeness. Yes, he’s got every right to leave. But why jam our holes on the way out? He purposely signed short contracts which scared away plenty of top flight free agent talent over the years who were unsure what he would do in 2010. Lebron should sell his house. He’s Hoffa in C-Town.

  11. John - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    Let me punch Dan Gilbert in the face! Is this guy serious??? What a moron! Lebron can do whatever he wants, he is a grown man!!

  12. Nailzz - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    None of you understand who don’t live in Cleveland. Lebron held us hostage just long enough to miss out on ANY other free agent possibilities. We can’t even do a sign and trade with him because he went to a team that has NO players. He not only left but he blocked us from being able to immediately survive in his absence. He broke up with us via national TV. He hurt area businesses and he wasted a lot of our time, money and tax dollars. We built him a state of the art training facility, pushed for casinos, remodeled the arena and labeled this city with his face and likeness. Yes, he’s got every right to leave. But why jam our holes on the way out? He purposely signed short contracts which scared away plenty of top flight free agent talent over the years who were unsure what he would do in 2010. Lebron should sell his house. He’s Hoffa in C-Town.

  13. Jake Kumar - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Lebron is grown and can do what is best for him and his family. He doesn’t owe anybody anything and has every right to experience life outside the Cleveland Ohio bubble.

  14. Jimmy71 - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    It’s Lebron. All talent no HEART!

  15. DaKingIsAFraud - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Lebron is a failure. He walked away from Cleveland as an overpaid, over-hyped under-achiever and will remain such in Miami until he retires without a title.

  16. Jimmy71 - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    It’s Lebron. All talent no HEART!

  17. DR - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    If you click on the Cleveland team roster, LBJ is listed for 2010-2011! Oops!

  18. Judy - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    In America in the year 2010, Mr. LeBron James has the right to live anywhere he wishes, regardless of his reasons. Mr. James was an employee, not a slave. I rejoice that he and I and you have this freedom, won at a great price!

  19. DaKingIsAFraud - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Lebron is a failure. He walked away from Cleveland as an overpaid, over-hyped under-achiever and will remain such in Miami until he retires without a title.

  20. syoung1940 - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Mark, the talent was not very talented when Lebron had a bad arm. Kobe’s guys came through for him when he was double teamed and missing shots. The guy wants to win, sometimes you just have do what you have to do. I am a Lebron fan, a Kobe fan, and Dwade fan. I just love to see the brothers excel and sometimes you need help to do that.

  21. Nik - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Wow!! This is amazing how so many people are defending how LBJ communicated to the team that MADE him KING – gave up draft picks to surround him with players – poured money into the LBJ camp. LBJ is disrespectful. As a Cleveland fan, you can understand why LBJ may want to leave – HOWEVER…. it’s how he went about it! Dan Gilbert is hurt – yeah, he will lose alot of money however, he is hurt that he put all this money into LBJ, and he is left with nothing. After giving LBJ everything except the key to the city – Cleveland is left with nothing. I hope MIAMI sees how the debutante is acting. Please don’t CROWN him MIAMI – LBJ has only won one championship – the Championship of ME! Treat LBJ as a Basketball player – not as a HERO! Or else you will be left with nothing – no championship – no draft picks – no money – and mediocre players that were put in place to surround your star. This is pathetic! Go Dan Gilbert! Sometimes the politically correct machine has to be put up in the closet, in order for the intended audience to understand the damage that they have done.

  22. fan - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Gilbert acts if he was on the plantation, get a life no one player can win championships. Lebron made the best decision for him.

  23. Nailzz - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Vomit. Spare us this tripe.

  24. Brian - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    While I think Dan Gilbert handled this unprofessionally, I couldn’t agree with him more. Lebron turned his back on his so called home town…I can understand if he wanted to leave, and I’m okay with that…but to do it on national television..something that Lebron’s team put together is a disgrace……Lebron just went on national television and told his home town to go #*@& themselves…..unreal…However, I am not surprised…after catching glimpses of this free agent process in the media..it became obvious that Lebron and his crew are a bunch of children dealing with fame and fortune…and I guess this really shouldn’t be that surprising….these are children, not men…..none the less…Lebron, what a disgrace, and no way to treat your so called “home-town”.

  25. Dude - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    What a schmuck! Disloyal? Heartless? Callous? You gotta be kidding! LeBron seems to be a genuinely nice guy and actually thought about what this would do to the city and team he is leaving, so much more than 99.9% of other pro athletes would do. We lost a very valuable employee at our company this week to another job. Our CEO thanked him for years of service and wished him well. Gilbert could learn a lot from him.

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