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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. Real Basketball Fan - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Look at this pos. He’s a thug is the “code” for he’s just another n word, lol.
    Get hit by a mack truck tonight, we’ll all be better off. People like you are what’s wrong with this world.

  2. lito - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    i am a young black man what other athlete is playing for their home town i don’t give a damn about that i appreciate his courage to lead and follow his own gut feelings instead of doing what everyone else felt like he should do. Quote all great men stood on their own Malcolm after disagreeing with islam and not hating all whites and Martin Luther for not listening to those who told him you should leave well enough alone you are making it bad for us respectful black folk is he a man are a peice of cattle the only thing people cared about was their pockets and boo hoo to dan gilbert for losing his product the garuanteed money i wonder if lebron got injured in cleveland are in an accident would gilbert still pay Lebron his money for the 6 yrs or at the end after lj made his cavs a billion dollar organization would he cut LJ in on the ownership gig for free no

  3. lito - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    can you say scottie pippen, john paxson who is by the way with cleveland and not chicago front office, dennis rodman ex piston, ron harper, craig hodges, bill cartwright, bj armstrong, steve kerr just 2 name a few and all superstars and hall of famers and future hall of famers name 15 players on any roster as role players that even come close to these guys reall in the league today and i think mike is the greatest to ever play the game but he had help scottie took the bulls to the playoffs back to back without mj during the regular season now what team today can say they have a good enough team to do that with besides 1 stacked with talented players such as the bulls the magic the celtics the lakers and the list stops there

  4. Ed - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Poor James. He should be ashamed of acting like he did. I guess it shows his 25years of an ego trip. He is acting just like all the previous comments saying that Lebrone is right in leaving. Wait until he leaves Miami.

  5. just a thought - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Did you say all thoose things about Garnett when he went to your precious Celts? Did you say those nasty things about Allen? Did they not move to win a championship? You’re lying to yourself if you say that it’s different or that they didn’t move for that reason. I’m just wondering why there wasn’t all of this nonsense when they moved? Is it because Pierce wasn’t considered a Wade? Maybe Garnett wasn’t considered a cop-out on his losing team? But why not? Remember, Boston didn’t have a bench right away either, they’ve been developed into a great bench. Give Heat time, and I’m sure Riley will do the same. He’s not a stupid man. He put together a winning team before, I’m sure he can do it again. Anyhow, at this point, it is what it is.

  6. just a thought - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    So was it okay when Kobe got Shaq kicked out of LA and Shaq went there to help Wade? Shaq knew it was Wade’s team. He made that clear from the start.
    Now, for LeBron to take less money, and go to play with two other stars, I think LBJ is well aware of whose team it is – but he doesn’t care, as long as he gets a championship. In any other scenario we would consider this a ‘self-less’ act – giving up the lime light to acheive something greater. Why are we not seeing this?

  7. Jfm3 - Jul 11, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Don’t you mean the Miami “Super-Friends” formerly known as the Miami Heat….est.2006…….btw these 3 idiots will get rolled by Boston in the playoffs.

  8. HatersplzStopCryin - Jul 11, 2010 at 4:25 AM

    Wow..Of course he’s upset. Why was there a need to even write about this? Oh wait, to rile up the mass of retards who are still butt hurt over Lebron’s decision. All these people who keep saying that now he can’t be compared to Jordan, Kobe or whoever..So? Hell I wouldn’t want to be compared to anyone if I was him. He’s his own person and shouldn’t care how someone else played the game. Who the hell wants to play in Cleveland? Add to that the owner and I would have bailed to. I wouldn’t have put up the spectacle like he did. I would have just told them I was gone and to make plans. Now the owner pisses one of the best players in the league off who you play 4 times a year? Does he seriously believe he’ll win a championship in Cleveland before Lebron wins one in Miami? If you thought Jordan was rough on ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The owner will be eating his words for years to come.

  9. HaroldVB - Jul 11, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    I do NOT get it! You people think that 7 years of a basketball career isn’t enough? Where were the Cavs 7 years ago? How important was LeBron in the last 7 years for Cleveland? He gave all he had but Cleveland only got the successes because of LeBron. Winning a title cannot be achieved by one person only. The Cavs gave NO backup to LeBron. He has been overachieving and that wears you out. Show some respect to the guy who carried the whole organization and made millions of $$$ for it. If someone wants to make a move in his career respect that and thank him for it. In the real world people with this much of achievement get golden handshakes. He does not care for that. He want a RING! So…. he teams up with a team that shows it really want to win a championship and invests in doing that! That the Cavs lost him is due to a manager who is too full of himself and kicks the best player they could ever wish for on his way out. He should have looked for a graceful way to thank him for how LeBron put the Cavs on the map. LeBron GOODLUCK!!!

  10. Dan Schwartzkopf - Jul 11, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    LeBron James is a real person and not a commodity. He still lives in America and can make his own decsions”I think” Cleveland was luck to have landed him for the time they had him and made plenty of money and was publicaly noticed greatly due to him… If not for LeBron we not not have even know who the Cav’s were…. Good for you LeBronas you a human being with a Mind of your own.

  11. D. C. Morton - Jul 11, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    The statue of Michael Jordon sits proudly in front of the stadium that he built, in Chicago. Michael didn’t run, or threaten to run every time his contract ran out. He is, and will remain an icon to the city.
    Mr. James has now placed himself in the category of “journey man ball player.” Who’s next when his contract runs out with Miami? Detroit, New York, or Salt Lake? Who cares?
    There are things more important than just money. There’s respect, admiration and honesty just to name a few. Mr. James threw them all away for the almighty buck.
    Cleveland nursed James, parented him (Oh, yes!) and loved him. He threw it in their face.Miami will be next. Mark my words.

  12. I hate basketball but still.... - Jul 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Funny you say he left for the “almighty buck” when he could have stayed in Cleveland for more money, hmmm sounds like someone needs to educate themselves in math before they make a comment. No he left for something better. Everyday people leave their current jobs for a better opportunity(growth mostly like he did) and most of the time for more money. He left to win a championship, who the hell are you people to judge what he chose to do. Yes, many people show their loyalty and sometimes it pays off, but ask the people of America who were loyal, the idiots that didnt ask the important questions about what will my loyalty do for me(now they are jobless)…I say screw loyalty, get yours now. If Cleveland wanted to keep him then they would have pushed much harder than they did…ITS NOT ABOUT MONEY, ITS ABOUT WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP, ANYONE OF YOU IDIOTS WOULD BE STUPID NOT TO DO THE SAME, THATS WHY WE HAVE A RETARDED SOCIETY AND WHY THE ECONOMY SUCKS BECAUSE OF IDIOTS…THE MIDWEST IS A CESSPOOL FOR FAILURE(DETROIT, CLEVELAND, CINCINNATI, INDIANAPOLIS) Tell me what growth do they have, LEBRON JAMES WAS CLEVELAND. Yes Miami is not much better economically, but at least it has a REAL beach and opportunity, and THE SOUTH IS STILL KING OF EVERYTHING, TEXAS MAINLY(FOOTBALL A REAL SPORT-SAINTS AND CRIMSON TIDE) So when you idiots from the Midwest and East Shut up, worry about doing something productive besides sticking your head up your @$$es and more importantly not spending money/credit WHEN YOU DONT HAVE IT.

  13. Anonymous - Jul 11, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Well, actually, a lot of people believe that if you sell American Labor to China’s communist state, then yes, you are bad American business. Personally, I don’t care about the whole LeBron thing. They were both in the wrong. Gilbert was in the wrong for hanging the hopes and dreams of a city on one guy and then blaming the failing on the same guy. LeBron didn’t exactly try in the last two games of the Celtics series and he could have done a better job handling the media circus that became his leaving.
    Side note. Was that even English, davis14?

  14. Heatfan - Jul 12, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    the truth hurts lebron…you did quit in the series with boston!
    My response to that is, if he is that bad, why was Gilbert and the whole city of Cleveland crying like a bunch of bitches when he left? They should be glad he is gone. Good luck getting any decent player to sign for a jackass like Gilbert.

  15. Phil - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    After reading the comments from individuals in Cleveland, it validates further why LeBron left that place. Last I checked, this is a free country and he can go anywhere he please. He gave Cleveland 7 years and he decided to move on. Cleveland owner, organization and fans should move on to. They appear to have serious emotional problems. If I was a star player, I wouldn’t want to play in Cleveland either as a result of the way they treated LeBron’s decision. Cleveland obviously has a lot more issues than financial ones. Burning his jersey and saying inappropriate things in writing and verbal is not a good example of what a great city is. The owner obviously has no class and I wouldn’t want my kids to be like him or look to him as an example.
    Cleveland owner and fans need to grow up and most importantly get a life. If you put this much effort in thinking of ways to fix your city economically, as you are in trying to bring down LeBron James then maybe you wouldn’t be in such a dire straits.
    How can you talk about LeBron when you all are embarrassing yourselves and city? Get some help fast – please. For the sake of the rest of the country – get help. You need it.

  16. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    If LeBron quit in the playoffs, then exactly what did the other 14 players on the Cavaliers team do???????????

  17. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    I thought he was born in Akron, Ohio.

  18. EA All Day - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    So it’s ok for Bosh to leave his team? Balkey left on more than one occassion. Karl Malone, Gary Payton tryed to stack the deck in LA. It’s nothing new. It’s basketball. Enjoy the ride.

  19. SharkByte - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    What part of “FREE agent” do people not understand? LeBron left to play on a team with whom he can BUILD a franchise, a championship team. He took a pay cut so that he could play with Bosh and Wade. Also, everyone talks about LeBron “quitting” during the playoffs which just shows how lazy the other players are. If the other players were putting in the effort they could have picked up the slack. I suppose if LeBron were injured they’d just sit on the bench with their thumbs up their asses waiting for him to take court again. They obviously relied on him to put up W’s.
    Gilbert is a coward and a baby for writing that letter and if he had build a decent team around LeBron he would have stayed.
    LeBron has said numerous times he wishes he could have brought a championship to Cleveland, he obviously cares about the city, and then the people turn on him, burning jerseys showing how classless they really are. It’s obvious that LeBron made a the right choice, moving to a city with class and moving to a team that he can be a part of, rather than having the players dragging behind his heels waiting for him to save them. As far as “they way he left”, he didn’t owe anything to Cleveland, he played hard for 7 years trying to win for that city who doesn’t deserve it.

  20. RareAir - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Amen, truer words have never been spoken. Everyone who wants to improve their life leaves a job for a better opportunity, whether that opportunity is money, fame or happiness. Why are some people so down on Lebron for exercising that most basic of human rights. Would you prefer that we lived in a communist country where Lebron would not be free to make this choice? No one owns him, not Dan Gilbert or the Fans (despite paying good money to watch him play).
    In the end, if your wife leaves you, it doesn’t really matter how she leaves, does it.

  21. Randal Miller - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment: Right on target…”Stupid is what stupid does”….high school punk stars all the way… Too bad he and his “boys” stepped past a college education. Inner City temporary over-achievers living large.

  22. mikesporty - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:39 PM


  23. louis - Jul 14, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    I’m glad Lebron left Cleveland. He made that team relevant (no one watched the cavaliers until he got there. He single handedly put that city on the map, so he has a right to feel big headed. Now to the fans of Cleveland, if the loss of one guy meant that much to your city then you don’t have much of a city. If Lebron was such a big quitter then why was Mr. Gilbert ready to give him a max contract? and why was he so angry at lebron leaving? because he knows what all of you know; that Lebron made that team relevant evidenced by the 150 million dollar loss in valuation to the Cavaliers franchise. The rest of yall dudda heads on here are just disillusioned haters.

  24. Vegas Baby - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Uh oh. Watch out. Angry black man. And how dare Gilbert call out his slave, er, player, for being lazy. A white owner can’t criticize a black player without being racist. STFU Jesse Jackson…don’t you have some Rainbow/PUSH Coalition staffer to impregnate?
    Miami Heat will win 65 games, lose in 2nd round to a real team. Three bobble-head dolls and some thugs from a street game aren’t going to win a championship.

  25. Doug - Jul 16, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    Uh oh. Watch out. Equally angry white man who takes Jesse’s bait.
    Ha. You don’t get it, do you ‘Vegas baby’? Guys who get all foaming at the mouth over the dumb, exaggerated stuff Jesse Jackson says are his bread and butter. Your reaction is what keeps him the minor fixture he is in the media. The majority of people don’t pay much attention. Same with Rush Limbaugh and the other carnies. Grow up and stop gettin’ played.

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