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James reportedly "furious" over Gilbert's letter

Jul 9, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

After LeBron James announced he was going to sign with the Miami Heat on Thursday night, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote a scathing open letter to Cavalier fans regarding James’ departure

According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the letter did not go unnoticed by James:
This is obvious, but word is LeBron furious over Gilbert letter. This feud isn’t over, whether it expands now depends on if LJ responds.
The Cavs-Heat rivalry was already going to be something to watch next season. If there’s animosity on both sides, this could get ugly and explosive yet. LeBron James may be done playing for Cleveland, but something tells me that it will take James and Cleveland a long time to sort out their unfinished business. 
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  1. Ben - Jul 9, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    With LeQuitter surrounding himself with his boys from high school and his mommy telling him to do whatever makes him happy he is probably taken aback by someone who no longer desires to stoke his ego every second of the day. As I have learned in this life sometimes the truth hurts.

  2. Robert - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Gilbert lost at least 100 mil last night, LBJ lost NE Ohio minus people on his payroll. Bad night for both

  3. robert - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Gilbert lost at least 100 mil last night, LBJ lost NE Ohio minus people on his payroll. Bad night for both

  4. alotofbeer - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    the truth hurts lebron…you did quit in the series with boston!

  5. travis - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Waaaaaaaaaa!!…Grow the hell up dude….you went about everything the wrong way…take your lumps like a man…

  6. Lopes - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Did you say Cavs-Heat rivalry? Doesn’t it have to be competitive for it to be a rivalry? The Cavs have what looks like a JV team, it’s no surprise that James left. The chumps on the Cavs roster and the city of Cleveland or Bosh and Wade and the city of Miami? What would you choose?

  7. Kako - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    What did he expect nothing to happen that everyone would just ride the carpet with him on his road to his fake legacy. This is the same guy that has the chosen one for a tat. The only one that is the chosen one or king is D-Wade its his team they came to his place. It shows that some guys arn’t cut to be the man it showed in that Cavs Celtics game 5. If I was Dan Gilbert the next time there is a superstar and they somehow get the #1 pick don’t hand that guy the keys to the city. It was a bad move to let him get away with whatever he wanted.

  8. Kako - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    What did he expect nothing to happen that everyone would just ride the carpet with him on his road to his fake legacy. This is the same guy that has the chosen one for a tat. The only one that is the chosen one or king is D-Wade its his team they came to his place. It shows that some guys arn’t cut to be the man it showed in that Cavs Celtics game 5. If I was Dan Gilbert the next time there is a superstar and they somehow get the #1 pick don’t hand that guy the keys to the city. It was a bad move to let him get away with whatever he wanted.

  9. Cambodian Breast Milk - Jul 9, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    The guy isn’t even from Cleveland, he’s from Akron. The only thing he owes that place is an apology if he really did “quit” during the playoffs like Gilbert says. He wants to win, and he wants to win now so he took less money to go elsewhere. It was a poor display by him to make turn it into a nationally televised event but he made a few bucks off it by acknowledging his charities and sponsors. Whatever. Cleveland needs to get over it already. He doesn’t owe you anything. I just wish he would’ve gone to OKC and teamed up with Durant..lol

  10. Redwing - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    The very essence of the American economic system is enlightened self-interest. Lebron must indeed look after his own best interests because, if he doesn’t, no one else will. For all intents and purposes, no one cares about Lebron career but Lebron. Everything else is merely self-serving (and enlightened self-interested) twaddle from those who have benefitted, and would like to continue to do so, from his extraordinary talents.

  11. Slide 'n' High - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    3 stars at max salary are going to log alot of floor time during the regular season. I’ll predict the Heat will storm out of the gate but these 3 will wear down over the season and injuries are just waiting to happen. True champions don’t chase the brass ring, they bring it home. When do Bosh and LeBron get their “Property of D-Wade” tattoos?

  12. regularguyindy - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Who care’s of LJ is upset. It would have been nice if he had given the same amount of effort he did in the ESPN announcement arrangement to the series against Boston.

  13. dahank - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    your obviously from cleveland! STOP CRYING ABOUT LEBRON. he had every right to leave to a better team. Hello, this is America.

  14. Sean - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Let’s be perfectly honest here: Anyone in Cleveland who truly thought he was staying was living in a fantasy world. I’m not saying Lebron handled it right, because he most certainly didn’t – in fact, the whole thing was like he bought into his own hype. That said, if he was really going to stay he wouldn’t have gone through all this, or held up the entire free agent process while everyone waited to see what he was going to do. It didn’t help that while every other legitimate suitor agreed to add other big name pieces to get him there, from Amare to Boozer to Bosh/Wade, Cleveland felt that resting on their laurels and reminding him of loyalty was enough. They were fools (as if hiring Byron Scott would convince Lebron to stay). Had Cleveland made more of an effort maybe things would be different. As it stands, Clevelanders should lay the blame upon the team who assumed he would stay and didn’t really put up much of a fight for him in the firstplace. But they won’t do that, because it’s easier to blame the guy who left for a chance to play with Wade and Bosh, rather than blame the team who didn’t even try to get Wade and/or Bosh to go to Cleveland.

  15. banner18 - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Oh, put some ice on it, LeBron! That’s what you get for stabbing your hometown in the back.

  16. banner18 - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    Put some ice on it, LeBron. After the way you dragged your hometown through all of this for days on end, you have forfeited your right to be respected by the people you just stabbed in the back. Get over it, @$$wipe.

  17. banner18 - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Make no mistake, LeBron is no King. He has abdicated the throne.
    And if Gilbert had not kowtowed to LeBron’s every whim and he had left, Gilbert would be receiving the brunt of the blame for forcing him out of town. Can’t have it both ways.

  18. I HATE Hill-Billies - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    Lebron signed 3 endorsement deals BEFORE the NBA Draft that totaled over $105 Million dollars and the Cleveland Cavaliers gave him a Rookie Contract deal that was 1/5 of HIS Endorsement Money…
    And The Owner Dan went and made OVER a BILLION Dollars off of LeBron Efforts before his current Rookie Deal even expired… So WHO really OWES WHO in this scenario… LeBron is from Akron, Ohio and He was drafted by The Cleveland Cavaliers (Plain & Simple…)
    Do you really believe that if LeBron had HIS CHOICE of teams to sign with when he 1st came into the league HE WOULD CHOOSE THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS *** LMAO *** Kobe got LUCKY and His Childhood team he IDOLIZED traded for him when he was drafted… If ONLY every Future BONA-FIDE NBA Superstar could be so fortunate !!!!!
    CLEVELAND IS A CESSPOOL OF BIGOTS, REDNECKS & IGNORANT LOSERS

  19. BooHoo - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    BooHoo you worthless piece of ****
    Hooray! The “KING” is Dead – and the emperor really has new clothes!

  20. proamerica - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    I HATE Hill-Billies, you really have your panties in a twist and take the thong off your head.

  21. metoo - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    Wah! What did Lebron THINK would happen? He was surprised that the boss he screwed over wasn’t happy? Wah!

  22. zaglossus - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Oh well, Cleveland still has the best symphony orchestra in the land. I suggest that Cav fans attend some concerts since their team won’t provide much entertainment value next year.

  23. wally - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    Notice how the owner calling him a quitter in the playoffs was willing to give him a max contract with 30 million more than anyone else could give him.

  24. PeteSnakes - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    LeBronie the drama queen is so angry that he promises to hit Gilbert with his designer purse the next time he is in Cleveland.

  25. Anonymous - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Spell much?

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