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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. Wakiash - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Sorry. but you couldn’t locate my inteest in this problem with the Hubble telesope. We have people dying all over the globe in order to feed our addiction to oil, not to mention thousands of livelyhoods lost forever due to BP’s ineptitude, and your’e wondering where someone is going to play basketball next year. Seems some people need to reevaluate their priorities in life.

  2. I HATE Hill-Billies - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    And to ALL of the other Reply-ers to my Screen-Name & Comments
    I know the TRUTH HURTS (So get over it…)
    I HAVE several older brothers who have resided in Cleveland for OVER 30+ years… TWO of them the past 21 years !!! I’ve had to come and assist in legal-council regarding YOUR Corrupt-n-BIAS Judicial system & Corrections Facilities over the past 10 years and have successfully WON judgements and settlements from The CITY of Cleveland…
    There is NOTHING you can tell me about Cleveland OR Ohio that I don’t already KNOW (Even more so than YOU…)
    If YOU aren’t part of THIS CESSPOOL then don’t waste your time-n-effort defending the 90% of THOSE THAT DO !!!!!

  3. the shark - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Amen brother

  4. rick - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    get over it losers , your lucky he played in the scum of the country — THE MISTAKE BY THE LAKE — as long as he did , not many superstars play for the home crowd , the cry baby owner is a idiot , and the fans are idiots 2 .

  5. Brian - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Stabbed his hometown in the back? Are you nuts? Cleveland’s not his hometown! The man wants a championship, and he’ll never get it in Cleveland. So he left. He was a free agent. You guys know what that means? He’s not a messiah, he’s not the savior of Cleveland, which doesn’t need one anyway. He’s a basketball player. THAT’S ALL. He’s a man who earns his living playing a boys’ game. Somehow he got a whole bunch of folks all worked up about this, but it doesn’t mean anything.

  6. rick - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    THE MISTAKE BY THE LAKE , IS THAT THE CITY OR THE CAVS OWNER OR THE FANS OR EVERYBODY . TAKE HEED LOSERS YOU WILL NEVER WIN A NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE MIAMI , BECAUSE THE WORLD JUST SEEN WHAT KIND OF IDIOTS YOU ARE , WHO WOULD PLAY FOR YOU NOW , BUT SCUM BAGS

  7. Russ - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    All you little girls complaining about the boston series. Cavs wouldnt have even been there if it wasnt for him. Wow. Amazing how you all kissed his ass before cuz he was winning games for that sorry organization and even more pathetic city. I would kill myself if I had to live there with you Cavs fans. Cleveland deserves all it gets. Hopefully someone is there to keep an eye on Mr. Gilbert, cuz it sounds like he might have a nervous breakdown. He just showed his true colors to the world. Way to go dude! By the way, stop smokin that bad ganja. CLEVELAND WILL NEVER WIN A TITLE!!! GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!

  8. rick - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    CAVS FANS SUCK , THE OWNER IS AN IDIOT

  9. Louis - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    I find it hilarious that this letter was written about LeBron only because he left to go to Miami.
    Had he stayed with Cleveland, would this letter have ever come out, or would any of this have been addressed? I seriously doubt it.
    Those grapes are sour.

  10. SOURKREME - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Lebron only has one thing on his mind.! What does he not have that every player in any sport wants, THE RING. This was what all player’s seek and since Lebron has more money then he will ever need it was not a money choice, it is a run to put oneself in the best position to get what is missing out of the trophy case and by all looks is right around the corner.It would not be the first time a bought championship has fell on it’s face or did give you the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and it will never be the last. This is why we play the games !

  11. Glenn Osrin - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    As a former Clevelander who grew up sufferring all THREE lousy teams, I have to say that the venom coming from northeast Ohio is grotesque. What’s next, are you going to toss bottles of beer onto the court like you did at the Tribe game years ago?
    Get a grip: the man gave you 7 years; he made millions for Gilbert and all the businesses that rode the LeBron gravy train, and as for talent he was worth EVERY penny he was compensated for and then some.
    It’s called Free Agency for a reason: nobody bitched and screamed when Jim Thome left Cleveland for greener pastures; and you all got over Manny Ramirez rejecting a higher offer from the Tribe before HE left town, bag and baggage.
    The good news is, now Gilbert has $100 million to invest in a group of players for a greater whole than dumping it into one guy and then trying to fit a team around him.
    Stop acting like pathetic babies and grow the hell up Cleveland.

  12. LBJ the Liar - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    LeQuitter is not going to be taking less money. Let’s keep in mind one major factor…He would have gotten 120mil in CLE, but that money would be taxed and at the end of it look more like 75mil after taxes. Now that he is in Miami with no state taxes his potential 100 mil contract will all be money in his pocket. That is not taking less money. He also is reportedly being given an endorsemnet deal from the state worth about 20-30 mil a year. His image is tarnished and is not a leader. He has to listen to his crack mama and thugs he calls friends. I am from the Akron area and live a few miles from his current home. He is not what he is being portrayed to be. He is an immature, selfish and extremely egotistical person. This whole deal was done months ago! He did not just make up his mond that morning!!!!! he can leave…it is his perogative, but needs to do it in a better manner than the way he did. For those that say he does not owe Akron/Cleveland anything…you are just as selfish as he is for saying that. You jsut don’t treat people that way and wonder why people are so pissed at you.
    As a Cleveland fan, we need to move on and try to fill the holes as best we can as quick as we can. Don’t burn anymore jerseys, it makes us look just as classless as LeQuitter.

  13. richi - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    Are you on freaking drugs?
    Do you even watch basketball?
    JV Team?
    They had the best record in the NBA two years straight.
    How is that a JV team?
    Your comment is JV.
    LeDiva aka LeQuitter aka Egomaniac quit on his team.
    He is now considered a follower not a leader

  14. JustMe - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    He handled it wrong. I cannot believe the anyone would have support for him the way he handled the exit.
    Miami may cheer for him but they are not really fans. They are spectators who are transient and fickle……..and millionaires. Four seats in the stadium to see these prima donas sold for $60,000 yesterday. Good luck if you don’t have 1200 to take you kid to see this convoluted triangle Reily invented.
    Miami is a football town; basketball is for, well those who are want a bees.

  15. Billy - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    LeBron James is not at fault here. He has every right to do and work where he wants. He gave 7 (Seven) Years of his Life to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Franchise had more than enough time to get enough players together around him a Championship Caliber Team.
    So LeBron decides to Go play for the Miami Heat now and all of Cleveland and the Team Owner Dan Gilbert decide they don’t like the man’s choice that he makes. Get over it. It’s called FREEDOM. It’s something that LeBron has EARNED OUTRIGHT. He doesn’t OWE ANYONE BUT HIS FAMILY ANYTHING.
    And if you didn’t want to watch the interview last night. You didn’t have to no one was breaking your arm. So Stop Complaining.
    Besides are these Guys putting Money in Your Wallet or is it the Other Way Around Think about it.

  16. LBJ the Liar - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    LBJ had his mind made up months ago he was going to Miami. CLE did try to get Bosh to come…he refused. Not sayign they had the best effort, but made a big effort to get others here for him to stay.

  17. Russ - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    The problem in Cleveland is with its team owners. None of them have class! Dan “Cry Baby” Gilbert and Art “here today, gone tomorrow” Modell are proof!
    Modell almost got it right. He needed to move the city, not the team.

  18. attacksub67 - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    I agree that Mr. James showed arrogance in the televised “DECISION” and was very cold hearted to the loyal fans in Cleveland. This is a 25 year old basketball player we are talking about, and what did Cleveland do to retain his services in the way of assembling more talent. Cleveland did absolutely nothing, they showed arrogance too. Mr. James learned a very valuable lesson; sometimes we do dumb things that we will regret and sometimes we have to make hard decision that will be unpopular. But just because a decision is unpopular do not means it is the wrong decision.

  19. Darrin - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    The truly great ones are franchise players, like Johnny Bench or Larry Bird maybe Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, Magic Johnson how about Jeff Gordon. This so called “king” is not in their class. I love loyalty, whether to a team, a person, or your fans! James is a self serving sob and to call your self “king James” is an insult all Christians

  20. cerealspiller - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Wow, I didn’t realize when LeBron signed on with the Cavs that it was until death do us part. One can fairly say that he might have let down the Cleveland fans. No way in hell anyone in their right mind can say he owes the team owners jack s***. Gilbert was simply confirming this fact.

  21. Tad - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    LOL Ok lets just say that you losers from Cleveland are correct in your wild speculations about LBJ’s performance against Boston. Is that really ALL you can come up with to try and discredit a man that gave Cleveland 7 years of hard work, fame and fortune? You deserve neither LeBron or a basketball team.

  22. Mode - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Don’t hate the player – hate the game. This is a business decision on the part of Lebron -pure and simple.
    Gilbert behaved like a spoilt over-indulged kid & needs to grow up: I hope LB makes some serious dough; enough so that he Kobe and all the NBA players who make all the money can get together & start owning these teams!

  23. LBJ the Liar - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:42 AM

    You have to donate money when you make that much…..it is a tax write off!!! He has motivation to do that…not to mention the publicity he gets which earns him more $$$. Don’t be silly thining he does all of these things out of the kindness of his heart….there are alterior motives. He is not who he seems to be.

  24. Mike - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    When Zo quit Miami after fighting the Knicks and Kidney Cancer we missed him but the fans did not hate Him. We appreciated every thing he did for the team. He went to Toronto and came back to Miami and got a ring with Shaq and D-Wade. Grow up Cav Fans and find a real classy Front office like they have in Miami. Get over it. For an entire City to depend on a B baller for its own identity speaks volumes. Miami was his best option. Respect that. Who knows, the great owner Gilbert needs to take a lesson from Pat Riley. This is Chess not checkers as Denzel said in Training Day. It takes a team. LBJ gave you 7 years and took your team where it had not gone before. Gilbert is apalling as if he did not think that there was a chance he would not leave. No player stays forever. What if he had been traded for two maybe three first rounders. He saw that coming. This is a business. The game is chess and not checkers. Get over it. He gave you his best, he owes you nothing but good memories. Less we forget he gave $ 2.5 million to charity after he made his announcement. The only thing Cavs should do is grow up like any other city that had to deal with this. Ricky Williams left Miami and came back. Focus on the now. Miami won in 06 w/ a team. LBJ left 30 mil in Ohio. Real classy Clevland, throw him under the train. No problem, We will take him to the Clevland Clinic , rehab him and let him chill at the Clevlander Hotel ( the one that Madona owns) on South Beach.

  25. cerealspiller - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    And furthermore, the whining Cleveland fans make the Green Bay Packer fans look downright gracious in how they piled on Favre when he left for purpler pastures. Hell has no fury like a small-town fan scorned.

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