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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. Nailzz - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Vomit. Spare us this tripe.

  2. michael manning - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    come on. are you serious? a) this is a business b) lebron is a human being who wants to win at what he does c) he is free, as are the rest of these supposed fans, to do what he wants d) he fulfilled his obligations, and at a level that most humans can only imagine e) he is finally showing some maturity f) decisions made for personal reasons are the only decisions we can make

  3. Dan Jiggetts' Shadow - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    It is incredibly disappointing that a website dedicated to the NBA has not already posted an article pointing out all of the inaccuracies Lebron made during his 1 hr special.
    1) The lakers drafted Magic, Worthy and traded for K.A.J.
    2) The Bulls drafted their first three-peat and then traded for the second one.
    3) The Celtics drafted Bird and Mchale and traded for KG and Allen.
    Lebron, Wade and Bosh manipulated the media and NBA front offices and are getting away with it. ESPN is a pathetic network to not call Lebron out for his nonsense during their interviews with him tonight however it is sad that a website like this has not already. Manipulating the system and using Chicago is not part of the free agency process that anyone should be proud of, let alone a so called NBA historian like Lebron claims to be.
    When will a real reporter point out how these moves have set a bad precedent for the NBA and made a lock out more likely (the owners now need to find a better way to protect their interests so players cannot pull of charades like this again.).
    I guess I expected more after enjoying profootballtalk.com for so long and relying on Florio etc. to debunk all the nonsense athletes throw at us and the mainstream media allows them to get away with. HELIN WAKE UP and write something original.

  4. Nailzz - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    Vomit. Spare us this tripe. Dan Gilbert is “puttin on for his city”. It’s a business yes. It’s also a family. If you don’t get it then you don’t own a business or have never been a part of something special. You hurt someone’s family you’re gonna get got… you hurt their family AND their business – you get WRECKED!! Gilbert declared war on Lebron. When the real truth continues pouring out it’s gonna be beautiful… Danny boy ain’t done. Lebron started it and “WE DON’T SQUASH THE BEEF”

  5. Chad V. - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    Based on what I read in the letter, I think Dan Gilbert should be excited that Lebron is leaving. From the letter and other comments he says Lebron is a narcissist who quit during the finals, and that they are going to win a title before the Heat. All of this tells me they are going to be better without Lebron, so I am not sure why he would feel betrayed, sounds like they are better off without him. Of course it is odd that they were trying to re-sign him. Why would you want those characterstics on a franchise player? Why would you want a guy that just drags down the franchise?

  6. isharci - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Don’t hate on the Kings. They’ll be a contender this coming season!

  7. Bron did good tonight - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Bron had a tough childhood with no father.
    He helped the Boys & Girls Clubs tonight.
    Dan Gilbert owns Quicken Loans.
    This is America. Professional sports is not regional warfare.
    Cavs fans should suck it up and move on.
    Gilbert’s letter was pathetic, truly disgusting.
    FREE AGENT.
    Who the heck does Gilbert think he is ?
    good job tonight, Bron.

  8. Bobby - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    Let’s be honest, Lebron’s talents are solely based on his muscular physique and his natural athletic ability. These natural born athletic talents alone have gotten him far, but will never elevate his game to the next level in which we could ever consider him to be on the same level as guys such as Magic Johnson or Larry Bird. Lebron’s fundamentals for the game are lacking. What I typically look for in a so called “superstar” is a high basketball IQ, a pure will and determination to win, and an ability to elevate the game of those around him. It is clear that popularity and fame is the driving force behind Lebron’s need for dominance, not his hunger for winning and improving aspects of his game that could help to make him a better player. The truth is, great players never think they are great. Great players are constantly searching for aspects of their game which need improvement and are never satisfied with themselves. Great players are always the first to point out their mistakes and weaknesses rather than boast about their strengths. Lebron’s biggest downfall, is his belief that he is the next “michael jordan.” He already thinks he is great, rather than searching for new ways to improve. This my friends, is why Lebron James, will go down in history as the most underrated player to ever enter the the Hall of Fame.

  9. syoung1940 - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Gary, After 3 years, Chicago’s management decided they better do something before they lost MJ. They got got him some help. The players do their jobs and management is suppose to do theirs or the player walks. How many times is a player notified that they are being traded? Probably never. And Nik and Nailzz, I’ve driven from Cincy to Cleveland and Indianapolis to watch the Cavs
    play and will probably do it again when the Cavs get back in the groove. I know how you feel and I am disappointed too, It is too far to drive to Miami. Goodnight

  10. CavsFan - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    I am a Cavs fan and will continue to be a Cavs fan. What has Lebron really done for us anyway, what has he won, nothing. He is not the kind of person I want to end our suffering. I want the real thing like Jordan, Magic, Bird, Duncan, Wade hell I’d even take Kobi. Tonight Lebron showed his true colors, when the going gets tough Lebron gets going, right outta town. Championships define greatness not running from challenges.
    Remember when the NBA was run by the owners, the guys that put up all the money, really took the chances and actually understood the economics of business. If last night is any indication of what is to come the NBA could be in trouble.
    Good luck Miami with your new team player, hope it works out better for you.

  11. Nick - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    I love it….!!! I never liked the Cavs cause of the Self Proclaimed “King” but now that hes gone I would love to see Cavs win it…Or at least take the heat out of the playoffs…And if they cant pull it off…the true King, The black mamba will take care of them..

  12. Anonymous - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Whatever Gilbert/Cav Supporters, the only reason this guy is pissed is because his franchises value has dropped 500% within 20 seconds of Lebron’s decision. He doesn’t care about Cleveland, the Cavs or you (the fan), he cares about his pocketbook which took the greatest hit of them all.

  13. Faisal - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Whatever Gilbert/Cav Supporters, the only reason this guy is pissed is because his franchises value has dropped 500% within 20 seconds of Lebron’s decision. He doesn’t care about Cleveland, the Cavs or you (the fan), he cares about his pocketbook which took the greatest hit of them all.

  14. Matt Spencer - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Well said, Dan… I hope he breaks his ankle… what a sell-out. This is terrible for the game of basketball and shows the soft, lack of confidence that has allowed LeBro to achieve nothing. Wade clearly wears the pants, and although I am a critic, Kobe will forever be king

  15. Team Canada - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    I’m with Nailzz on this. All three of these attention seeking babies were kissed too much by their mothers – speaking of which they’re all poster children for absentee fathers too. Go figure. But I really don’t get the national tv thing. Probably the least classy thing I’ve seen an athlete do. And that is saying something.

  16. Lakers4Lyfe - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:48 AM

    Dan Gilbert is right. I told you people this after the Cav’s lost to the celtics. Watch the tapes. It’s clear he gave up … and his stats prove it. His numbers went down in every category from the regular season to playoff rounds. He does not have championship caliber, and now the Heat have a huge bullseye on them. Wade already won a ring, but LeBron wants his handed to him instead of working for it and being a team leader. I’m going to laugh my ass off when the Heat go down in flames — and they will.

  17. DannyG - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    Are you people serious right now? You Pseudo Cleveland fans? I mean really? Each and every last one of you that claims Lebron did nothing is more ignorant than I thought possible. For years the guy took one of the worst franchises on his shoulders, and carried it for as long as flippin’ possible. Accomplished nothing? Who the hell were the Cavs before LBJ got drafted to that team? Who cared about Cleveland before him? Who was the superstar in Cleveland? What were they known for? Hell, they weren’t even known for being losers! Lebron didn’t quit on Cleveland. Cleveland quit on Lebron. Look at the playoffs this past season, he has one bad game and the rest of the team falls the hell apart. Each and every last one of you fake Cavs fans that jumped on the LBJ bandwagon is a disgrace. Dan Gilbert is a sad little man who is probably crying in a bar somewhere. The only person I feel bad for in the Cavalier franchise is Antwan Jamison. He goes from lose team to another. What a shame.

  18. denise g(mia-atl) - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    in the middle of reading the review, i said this sounds like david. and it seems like it is. lol:)

  19. Bill Kibbles - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:58 AM

    Don’t worry Cavs fans. You still have Mo Williams, Delonte West, Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon!
    For Christ sakes that what you were trying to lure Lebron back with. He would have been a fool to go back there. Thats why when free agency started all they could do is show Lebron cartoons while other teams are talking championships. You can talk about loyalty all you want but you have to be loyal to yourself first. He wants to win and he’s putting his money where his mouth is.
    The way Cleveland is acting now burning jerseys and ripping him, the city deserves to lose him. Dan Gilbert took it for granted, let his GM make terrible moves and thought he would ride lebron until he had nothing left, the egg is on his face, not Lebron’s.

  20. denise g(mia-atl) - Jul 9, 2010 at 5:20 AM

    after i got midway into the comments, it sounded like what you said when we spoke. i said to myself, this must be david. what are the odds? :)
    i think what dan gilbert was dispicable. no wonder lebron wanted to leave….. how is he putting the whole burden of the success of the city of cleveland and the success of the cavaliers on lebron. how grossly unsportsmanship like, especially as the owner. lebron gave him 7 years. lebron figured he has given enough. additionally dan gilbert making such harsh statements and comparison of lebron. he’s just mad that he wasn’t able to “enslave” lebron to his struggling mediocre team, to make him the money. he doesn’t have to pay top dollar for more better players, to ensure team success. he’s a racist, having a tantrum because he couldn’t control lebron. lebron threw it back into his face….yesterday announcement was really for dan gilbert.

  21. ashcraftsa - Jul 9, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    The cavs done every thing Lebron ask them to do are you kidding me. Gilbert PROMISED Lebron 7 yrs ago and also 4 yrs ago that he would get the players Lebron needed to build a championship team. Now lets see what players did he get Lebron, thats right he got Shaq, rofl. Shaq was so old that he could only play less than half the game. If I received a game ticket for every dunk or layup that Shaq missed I would have season tickets for the up comming yr. All Gilbert has ever been good for is broken promises just like the promise he is trying to sell cavs fans about cleveland winning a championship before Lebron will. Gilbert will say anything if he thinks it will sell tickets. Lebron owes cleveland nothing,it is cleveland that owes Lebron a ty for putting up with Gilberts lies for 7 yrs.

  22. tyrone - Jul 9, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    1. Lebron James wants ro win a championship
    2. It wasn’t going to happen in Cleveland
    3. We see the type of person that Dan Gilbert is. Now I’m glad he left. They love you as long you’re playing for them but if you leave, they show they only care about your talents. Thats why his talents are now in south beach. Don’t worry Cleveland..you’ll always have youtube.

  23. nbafanOhio - Jul 9, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    this is why the city of cleveland doesnt win championships, they make excuses rather than moving ahead with life. Some poeple dont understand that players want to win and be surrounded by winners, do you really think that they had that in Cleveland? yeah they were good in the regular season obviously they werent built to finish… You know whats funny most people here are going to forget we even have an NBA team, Just like before Lebron came to the Cavs… And as for the Cavs winning a championship, ha, good luck it isnt going to be anytime soon… Try getting by the Heat and the Bulls… O yeah and the team that has seemed t obe lost in all this Lebron talk the Orlando Magic and that’s only naming the eastern conference. You still the lakers in the West to worry about

  24. Sean Lee - Jul 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    LeBron did the right thing for him and his Family. And for those who are upset, GET OVER IT. And for those who want to do something stupid. I think you under estimate how WE PROTECT OUR OWN.
    YOU GO LeBron. Brotha’s got ya BACK.

  25. JBay8 - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    I agree with Mr Gilbert about one thing. Lebron did rub it in Cleveland’s nose, doing it on national TV. That wasn’t cool. Other than that, Mr Gilbert, your comments give you zero credibility. Professional sports is a BUSINESS! I thought you knew that. Since the free agency era began in pro sports it’s been this way. Were you living in some fantasy land that you thought just because he’d been there for seven years that you’d be the odds on favorite to get him back. YOU failed to put a team around him that could get over the hump. The whole “Cleveland Curse” thing is really immature too. Just be a man and press forward. One other thing. Lebron has been built up to be this superman. From the Cavaliers organization to every media outlet to all the fans. You people purveyed this. So you kind of got what you had coming to you. I do reiterate that the city itself did not deserve the kick in the teeth though, but he’s a grown man and made a decision. Live with it!

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