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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. Anonymous - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Have bought any product thing with Lebron?

  2. Wilson P. - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    LeBron is an all-around great guy. He was suited and crowned long before his high school graduation and carried Ohio for all these years. He deserves the right to become his own man… learning to rebound from his own mistakes…even if it means he has to stand in another man’s shadow. He is truly talented and could learn some things that could make him an even better asset during or after the Heat… provided LBJ, his body, talent and motivation withstand aging, accidents and all the excesses that come with being filthy rich and targeted by the have-nots, pimps and pleasure seekers. I absolutely love LBJ for handling things as well as he has chosen to with people kissing his toes and butt. He doesn’t want to be idolized, he wants to win. I do believe that it’s great to earn the title, but so many of you want LBJ to do all the carrying. Every one has to carry their own, whether you’re a teammate, manager, fan, or human being for that matter. Peace.

  3. Anonymous - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Why do you think LeBron went to Miami other than to win championship ? any idea ?

  4. Zach - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Nothing worst than a sore loser. I can’t image and player wanting to play for a classless organization. Cleveland lost more than James last night. Shame on you!

  5. John - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    Good lord you Cleveland fans are pathetic, oh how quickly you turn on someone once they dont want to play for you. Give me a break Lebron was not going to be able to win a championship there. No matter how talented he is it is still a team game. They have no cap room to bring in anyone to take them to the top. He chose to play with friends that are stars and will most likely win the next several NBA championships barring injury. An also I thought it was hilarious that the cavs owner promised a nba championship before Lebron wins one. That was the funniest thing I have ever heard, Lebron will win next year and the cavs will be lucky to win 25 games next year. If you all believed all the crap you are saying about him now you wouldnt of been begging him to stay.

  6. Mike D - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    L James reminds me again what is wrong with the NBA…. hope the Lakers stick it to him next season.
    For the last several years I’ve been more interested in College basketball than the NBA. James helped me remember that I can still enjoy good basketball and don’t need to put up with the gangsta’s of the NBA.
    David Stern can take a hike too for all I care!

  7. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    He states he left for the goal of winning.. what happened to supporting your team, supporting your community… what happened to winning isn’t everything…. oh how fast we change from when we were taught winning isn’t everything as long as you tried your best.

  8. UndergroundRailroader - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    No, and I guess that’s good in this case. Aren’t tickets bad enough. If you go to a game to see your favorite athelete perform and spend an ungodly amount of money for all the amenities so that the athelete can play ball and then go on T.V. to tell lies about how he wants to stay in a city and lead them to a title as to retire a hometown hero, cool. What if he changes his mind after years of community support. He was driving a Hummer at age 17 with a mom on section 8 housing. Fans can overlook some events, like a high school player taking the state High school athletic association to court to keep his elegibility, but to stick with one dude this long, and watch him pull the ultimate self-serving act is despicable. This is what is wrong with athletes today, if they break the rules, get forgivness by the peers in theit state, and then tell lies of what they want to do for the city only to jet? Call it what you want, but let’s not say Cleveland sucks and Lebron is without issue. These fane needed a hometown here, and now they have to hope God has more loyalty for them then Lebron James.

  9. TACK 2323 - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:07 AM


  10. Jon KIng - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Gilbert is a fool. He was willing to pay Le Bron max money yet says how awful he is? Give me a break. LeBron saw through Gilbert long ago and ran from that awful mortgage shark.

  11. The King - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Your just made cause you can’t play and make all that money

  12. Don - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Shut up Ben.

  13. twbe - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Good riddance to Master of Disaster LJ. He’s over hyped, over paid, an absolute self-centered egotist and a spoiled mommy’s boy. Cleveland should be estatic that he left. Have a burning party in a big field someday and have everyone bring LJ clothing, gear, jerseys. Did you see the spectacle in Miami. I saw 3 secs and turned it off. Watch out Miami, it ain’t going to be pretty next year. Hey, Jim Grey, I hope you are banned forever from every network for what you did. You are bs and now everyone knows it. Shame on you.

  14. WhyCantYouUnderstand - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    I do not understand why all of the ordinary people can not see the story for what it is. Cleveland has had the opportunity for a couple of years now since their first playoff run with LeBron to put a championship team together. They have not supplied him with a decent supporting cast of players to take them beyond the first round of the playoff. During the NBA’s second season, it has been proved that 1 great player cannot do the job of a 5 man team. Kobe has Gasol and Bynum. Duncan has Parker and Ginobili. Garnett has Pierce and Allen and Rando. Cleveland did this to themselves. Do not blame LeBron for his decision. Please get REAL everyone. LA vs. Miami every year.

  15. John - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    And all of those who say James can never be Jordan, Jordan didnt bail on his team? Name one player on the Cavs that can play like Pippen, rebound like Rodman, and had a coach like Phil Jackson?
    Jordan may be the best player ever but once again he could not of done it without those people. The only person I feel sorry for in this entire deal is Byron Scott, he got left hanging, he only chose Cleveland because he thought he would have Lebron, I garuntee he will quit at end of season to replace Phil Jackson when he retires next year in LA

  16. king of siam - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    Hey Lebrawwwwn. Grow up. Dump on people and some day, some way you will be the dumpee.

  17. Jim in Auburn - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:15 AM

    LB did not give up on anyone. I actually admire his decision. I hate it when sports stars become mercenaries. When they go to the highest bidder. Who cares of you get 100 million or 150 million. Is it really going to make a difference. Why not go where you will be happy? Why not go and play with your high school friends.
    Sure, it sucks to be the Cavs, but this is much better than him deciding to go someplace just because he can make a little more money that he could never spend.

  18. carmel - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Lebron does not owe Cleveland anything… He already paid the team, city, and fans by elevating the team to its current status. Its his right to do whatever he please. His contract in Cleveland has expired!!!!

  19. Rolling - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    So why is it an issue now? Why did they still wanted him so bad? James made the correct decision.

  20. John - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    This blog is laughable now, all you guys who loved LBJ and begged him to stay or play for your team just spent the night crying and since he didnt choose your team you got nothing to do but bad mouth a guy that until last night you thought was the greatest thing ever. Grow up, he did what he thought he had to do to win a championship. All of you haters are just bandwagon fans anyway.

  21. Jay - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    Congratulations to LeBrown James!!! After playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 7 years, Mr. James earned the right to make a decision to move on to another team. As for all of the negative comments/actions from so-called fans/upset owner (whatever), etc., they’ll move on and find someone/something else to latch on to. LeBron James is better off without playing before a crowd of people who have no interest in anything except themselves.

  22. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    he quit because nothing about ohio is good…at all

  23. I HATE Hill-Billies - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Absolutely GREAT Comment (Real…)
    This YOUNG Man’s level of Astute Business-Savvy is UNHEARD OF…
    The NBA is already Global but LeBron going down to Miami with Pat Riley and forming this Traveling HIP-HOP Rock-Star Movie-Star ENTOURAGE of NBA Royalty-n-Box Office Appeal will easily TRIPLE the NBA Worldwide exposure BY THEMSELVES !!!!!

  24. James - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    I’m sure all of us here in Cleveland would bow to your intellectual prowess and enlightened sensibilities. The last line of your post suggests otherwise, however.
    Here’s a thought from an ignorant loser in Cleveland that you might want to consider — it is much better to be a silent fool and let everyone think you are wise than to open your mouth and prove everyone wrong.

  25. Raul - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Come on everyone – he wants to win a RING! That will never happen in Cleveland! Gilbert should have used the 7 years to build a team around Le Bron and won a championship. The way everyone in Cleveland is reacting it is no wonder everyone has left! Remember the “REAL” Browns left some time ago and guess what – they won a Super Bowl as the Ravens! The same thing is going to happen here. Do I feel sorry for Cleveland – NO – they do it to themselves!

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