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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. pete 16 - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    I suppose you are a suave sophisticated gay dude. Probably really like them big guys.

  2. bartman - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Cleveland is all about losing. He made the right choice. The best thing about Cleveland is Detroit

  3. Cleveland is a joke for the hate! - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Finally someone makes since on this blog. Lebron doesn’t owe anybody a thing. Didn’t everyone turn their back on him after getting that hummer in high school. Yep. Cleveland didn’t fight for him to play again, HE did! But when they found out his mother bought it they still dragged him and his mother through the mud stating that she didn’t have good enough credit because of her low income life. So best believe this dude doesn’t owe anyone a thing. He brought more revenue to Cleveland than any other athlete ever in Ohio! That is the real reason that cry baby owner of the Cavaliers is mad because his cash cow left him! The NBA is a business! LeBron just showed yall haters what business he is about! Hahahahaaaaa!

  4. UndergroundRailroader - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    I HATE Hill-Billies must not be from that region of the U.S…. For starters, Cleveland is a financially wrecked city populated with more minorities, especially black people, than Miami, or most major cities in the U.S.(with exception to Atlanta or Detroit). It seems that Lebron wanted to be in a city that would buy a title, as opposed to earning one. Maybe Cleveland isn’t the best city to be in, but for the multitude of minority sports fans in inpoverished cities, it shows that there are no cultural heroes named Lebron James in the N.B.A. to respect or look up to. Thhe will sell out the dreams and desires of countless fans to self-perpetuate their dreams. Cleveland may not be Miami, and Ohio may not be Florida, but it is where Lebron was born, raised, discovered, and now possibly villified. The hometown hero image was sold out to Pat Riley, and a lot of young black males now have a hero hwo has let dissapointment forever tarnish his legacy..

  5. bartman - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Cleveland is all about losing. He made the right choice. The best thing about Cleveland is Detroit

  6. smb - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    You nailed it, Ben. Poor, poor Lebron. I watched the video…he did quit, as apparently the team they put around him was so terrible neither they nor the paying crowd deserved to see him at his playoff best for 48 minutes. It was Kobe-esque, and it’s why neither of them will ever even approach Jordan’s greatness.

  7. cincha - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Waaaah, LeBoohoo. “Potential” is a very scary word…because it carries so, so many expectations with it. Let’s see how you do in Miami, ’cause if you suck…ooooooh, it won’t do well for you!

  8. McLachlan - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Gilbert is a sore loser and LeBron is a narcissist and based on last night, a horrible interview subject. The Heat might sell the most jerseys next year but I certainly wouldn’t pass out the rings yet. Chemistry always beats out talent. It wasn’t too long ago that teams like Argentina were beating 12 All-Stars in the Olympics. Three guys and a bunch of minimum salary guys…should be interesting. At least they’ll be helped out by the fact that NBA refs still don’t know they are allowed to call star players for traveling.

  9. Ossanmi - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    I will choose Miami. Gilbert letter is like a broken fresh egg it could not be put together as a whole if it fall and broke. The future will judge Gilbert for witing A stupid letter instead of reacting professionally. Thats what you get from a REDNECK like Gilbert who always think the world revolves around them. Gilbert is ugly, and so was his letter. Is that how he’s going to react to every player that will leave Cavalier for other team in the future.
    NBA is a family. I dont think fatboy Gilbert knew

  10. Chris of Cleveland - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Lebron WANTED TO SIGN WITH CLEVLELAND. That was what he talked about before the draft. Bringing a championship to his hometown team. Which played in Richfield, more of an Akron Suburb than a Cleveland one when he was young. He promised a Championship when he came. The Cavaliers did everything within the rules of the NBA to bring in talent to help him. The paid luxury tax most years to be competitive. What more does he want? When the going got tough in the playoffs instead of elevating his game and the games of his teammates, he QUIT. I watched the last two Celtics games this year. He was just going through the motions. “The chosen one” wants it to be handed to him…. doesn’t happen. I hope the Heat have fun playing 3 on 5 because they cannot afford anyone else.

  11. whut? - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Every so often people show just how ridiculous we can be on a mass scale level. So, Lebron James was actually signing his life and free will away when he signed with the Cavaliers? Is this how Cleveland and the Cavaliers franchise will handle its future young stars – stay here or else! Really? Slavery is over. If Lebron James wants to play for another team – that’s his right. Sure the media stuff last week became quite low brow and unpopular – but is that entirely his creation alone? Besides, he’s a basketball player – not a public relations guy nor your mayor. I wish people would just back off, especially since it seems he’s gone out of his way for charitable causes already. Lots of time and money. I mean, seriously, for everyone who’s casting stones now, how many hours or millions of dollars have YOU donated to charity? Cause he really doesn’t have to.

  12. johnnie bulu - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    James, you ignorant gutter slut;
    everyone east of the Mississippi river knows
    you are similar to a tree squirrel. BUT, good luck.
    We in Columbus, Idaho love you.

  13. mikie - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    a-hole

  14. Hijos - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Why would he stay in Cleveland. The place is an arm-pit. He stuck it out for a bunch of years. Time for him to grow up. I read Gilbert’s letter. He is off his meds.

  15. davis14 - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    lets say Lebron family has a large furniture manufacturing company in Ohio and has over 100 workers always gives them amazing health benefits and retirement, gives them extra bonus end of the year.
    As economy is weaking, they decided to relocate to Florida because of cheaper labor, much better tax benefits, no state income tax it’s more affortable buyinga building with more sqaure footage and etc…. Is he and his family a very bad person ?
    Walmart, Costco and other major retailors or wholesalers does this every day puts orders to the China are they a bad companies too?
    So what if he decides to relocate to Miami what’s the big deal?
    If you found a job in Alabama that gives better job and benefit won’t you move to support you family?

  16. sean - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    I agree with you totally

  17. JV - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    If the owner felt the way he did, why try to sign Lebron in the first place. Sometimes people make choices and some people love those choices and some don’t. You can’t always please everyone.

  18. Phil - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Lebron is nothing but a punk, just like his boys.

  19. Big Business - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Lebron ran this like a business. There were no flashy dinners, nights out on the town, just six teams making their best offer. He doesn’t owe anyone anything. The media blew it out of proportion with non stop talk of where is he going to go. Speculation was everywhere, radio, TV and print media.
    Also make no mistake, he is the “king”. The king of printing money. Next season the Heat as well as the NBA will reap the benefits of this as ratings will soar. The fans will want to watch to see him succeed, while other fans will watch to see him fail. Every game the Heat play will be sold out, home and away. Advertising will go thru the roof, especially when they play against the Cavs, Lakers or Boston. Either way the Heat, the NBA, and the television networks will come out ahead.
    Why was it wrong for Lebron to air his decision live? Local TV stations do this for unproven high school athletes committing to their colleges. The NFL draft is held live on ESPN. I think that it was a great move to help one of his favorite charities. If ESPN didn’t think it was a great idea, they wouldn’t of committed to it either, remind you they aired it in prime time so the whole nation could catch it. I would also imagine if the NBA was against this they would stopped it as well, the last thing they wanted to do is tarnish the league’s image as they rebuild it.

  20. Me - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    What’s wrong with being a suave sophisticated gay guy who loves bug guys? : ) ‘Zactly.

  21. rob - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    well said, Ben. perfectly said.
    Lebron, in one week, went from being the premier star of the NBA….the heir apparent to MJ, to being the premier villian of the NBA. As for the comparision to Jordan…..there is none anymore. MJ never took the easy way. He never stood down to a challenge. Lebron showed how weak he is….he took the easy way to a championship and deicded to go have fun with his friends.
    we witnessed just how immature this guy is this past week. He is a mere child. no guts. no will. he was perfectly happy to go join Wade’s team. Wade is the man now.

  22. UndergroundRailroader - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Not if I was economically tied into selling my products in Cleveland. IF you worked at GM and lost your job to a worker in another country, would you buy a GM or support the company that targets your income for it’s growth, but does not i return stimulate your economy. There is no purpose to support something that decimates you in return, so BAD example, next…

  23. Me - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Wow….it’s like you know me. : ) Besides, who else would suck your dick?

  24. tom - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    I HATE HILL BILLIES….. Dude please tell me your address. I would love to meet you.

  25. Mikey D - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert rips LeBron for his lack of loyalty to the Cavaliers Organization. Yet it was Gilbert himself who recently and uncermoniously dumped Coach Mike Brown and GM Danny Ferry — simply because they did everything they were told to do to satisfy James’ demands while he was there. Gilbert should know that loyalty is a two-way street. To paraphrase the Bard: “Methinks he doth protest too much.”

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