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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. JohnDoe - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    I don’t agree with how Lebron decided to make his decision known, but apparently a lot of people don’t understand the definition of “free agency”.

  2. cerealspiller - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    What the heck is an “alterior” motive?

  3. craig - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    I wish the media would stop referring to Lebron as “King.” King of what? Nothing.

  4. jokes - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    Miami might be a nicer city,but ill tell u what,cleveland has the better fans,miami fans are fair weathered fans who dont deserve this,everybody knows how weak there fans are,a complete joke thats why it was an outrage for the 3 stooges to go to a city has no clue about being a real fan,heat will be the most hated team in the NBA and lebron has destroyed his image,Good luck cleveland the hell with u miami,will root for every team against the heat just like most of America,

  5. slick - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    Oh get over it already… how about when any of you have a very serious decision to make, u go let someone else make it? Yeah I didn’t think so, LeBron is a grown man, and does what he wants to and if it hurt anyone GET OVER IT… who do you think you are that you need to advise him about his talent or compensation. It was a job in Cleveland, a contract position which expired and he chose not to renew, SO WHATS THE BIG DEAL… if you all minded your own business and got your own affairs straight, there would be know need for all this bickering… I’m a true Knicks fan and wanted LeBron, he choose elsewhere and thats his decision to make, but PEOPLE GET OVER YOURSELVES, WHAT RIGHT DO YOU HAVE TO DICTATE WHAT SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD DO, unless they are a minor. The Cleveland owner is way out of line and I’m sure he was disappointed but blame his GM for not getting the right mix while you had a chance, now its Miami’s chance. Will they success, who knows, time will tell but DRY THE HELL UP and go on with your lives for Christ sakes… AMEN.

  6. b-real - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    Can we get a reality check on life? This is just a damn sport called basketball. The last 15-20 years or so have seen hundreds of players traded without their consent. All teams do this in trying to build that so called “dream team”. Should those traded players be able to sue and bitch about the franchise management and owners. Basically…. he did it to them, before they did it to him! Do these team owners have any loyalty to the multitude of players that they’ve traded, hell no! This is a business first and foremost, morning noon and night. The team owner is mad because his seat filling cash cow made a decision to go elsewhere. Do you think Labron James went to ESPN and asked them for a national audience, to announce his future playing decision or did they came to him. You got it, they come to him because of the ratings and publicity exposure they would garner. The team owner,Dan gilbert (billionaire) and Lebron James (millionaire)don’t go around given you whiners cash payouts do they? You get so caught up worshipping people you know of, but don’t really know as if they owe you something. Gte a life and step the hell off.

  7. Lebumisaquitter - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    Lebum is a quitter. Even if he does win a championship in MIA his legacy is now and will always be tarnished. MIA will not be his team. It’s Wade’s team. I would have respected him a lot more if he went to chicago or ny but not to a ready made team full of self entitled wanna be stars. He has the right to go anywhere but the big problem is how he stabbed his hometown fans in the heart by making a spectacle of it on national tv. And the guy looked like he was going to cry when mike wilbon told him that some fans were burning his jersey. What did he expect when he set the fans up for a downfall on national tv? What a classless loser.

  8. dan - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    You fool, you utter fool. Wait, F’N moron is more appropriate.
    It’s not that he left, he had that right. His contract was up. It’s how he did it. I WAS a lebron fan, I thought he had class for how he treated his friends. He lost total respect by everyone not because he left. But because of the way he went about it.
    But, if your to mthr f’n stupid to realize that. I have a bridge to sell you over a polluted river. Just so you know, the federal government wants to buy it out. So you better get it quick, I have tons of people bidding on it. Come on you f’n fool, put your money where your mouth is ahole.

  9. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    I agree with Zack. Is Lebron supposed to live and die in Ohio? How long did you expect it to last? There’ll always be Thanksgiving, Christmas and high school reunions. Life changes; perhaps Ohio can, too. Can you? Are you pinning all your hopes on the next talent you try to pigeon hole? Instead, slam Gilbert until he gets a clue and start building teams instead of expecting a prize horse to win a derby while carrying a buggy full of other horses, riders and owners. How foul to not thank LBJ for his years of service on and off the court. Let the man live and play… elsewhere!

  10. Erich - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:42 AM

    Lebron James is a quitter and will never be like Michael Jordan. Jordan stayed in Chicago during the bad years and grew that team. More importantly though he had heart and never quit in the middle of a series like James did. Jordan was always competitive and never gave up, he was a true competitor and always pushed himself. James can think he is like Mike, but reality is, he will never be like him because he lacks the competitive fire and drive to compete day in and day out.

  11. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:48 AM

    All of these NBA players sold their souls already the year that they joined the league and had underpaid taiwanese workers starving to death in sweatshops making jerseys with their names on them. What do we expect?

  12. Jimmy - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    All of these NBA players sold their souls already the year that they joined the league and had underpaid taiwanese workers starving to death in sweatshops making jerseys with their names on them. What do we expect?

  13. angie - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:06 AM

    i wish the best for LeBron. Rather he stayed in Cleveland or not, he is a good player. He was a free agent and he was free to go to whereever he wanted to go, so he chose to go else where and I don’t see no problem. Anytime you give a player too much credit, then they don’t do what you want them to do, then it is a problem. If he would have got into some trouble like Tiger Woods then everyone would want him to go. So I think we should be happy for him to want to be on a better team, despite him taking a pay cut. Also, this lets me know that it is not all about the money. I am a woman I know a lot about sports. I think that when a person do good or bad it is always going to be talk. Good luck LeBron.

  14. MEME - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:29 AM

    Cleveland fan = CRY BABIES
    Dan Gilbert = FOOL
    I am not a Lebron Fan,the man can make his own choices!!!

  15. Paul - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:32 AM

    If you people really want your sport heroes to be faithful to your city stop saying things like “So and so is better because he won a championship and so and so did not”. If you are going to equate greatness with championships then expect your stars to chase the ring instead of being loyal to their team. Quit telling me so and so is a better or more valuable player than a player on a crappy team because so and so’s team won the championship. Just once look at the player on the bad team who lead his team to a 50% win total when he is on a bad team instead of telling me how many championships Bryant wins with a lineup of all stars.

  16. K$ - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:33 AM

    While many of us here wax prophetic in complete retrospect, I think an ounce of perspective would be effective in seeing it not as the Villainous GM (though it was knee-jerk idiocy), but rather as the mouthpiece of modern, major sports in Ohio against nefarious sports figures such as Elway, Modell, and now LeBron. Irreversible as the damage was, LeBron should rely on his skills on the hardwood rather than a tweeting war over what once was, although, that might be a lopsided battle since the shift in allegience.

  17. Black Bear - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    Who cares?
    Does LB have any influence on your life…or your income?
    He’s just another over-hyped sports figure that will soon be gone and replaced by someone else….and the beat goes on….

  18. Kevin - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    Gilbert is doing damage control. Gilbert did not offer LeBron enough to keep him. Pro basketball is about money and pride. LeBron wanted to go to a team where he could win some rings and Gilbert did not offer him enough to stay.

  19. Tim B. parma - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:47 AM

    Well folks, its time to get back to reality…James looked like his head was elsewhere during the playoffs, we all know that..remember how many turnovers he had, dumb ones at that….I think it was in his mind after the last game, where he ripped off his jersey before he was in the locker room..”this is it, i’ve had it” probably went through his mind.(and that thing about his mom and Delonte)well, did anybody remember him constantly looking at his mom when he was on bench??? lets face it, all pro sports players are overpaid entertainers…remember, they are entertainers!!! by them winning a championship change the common folks lives???HELL NO!!!!we talk about how bad our economy is, people losing jobs and homes..put it in perspective, these people are overpriced game whores..OVERPAID for, as James once said,”we just want to go out there and have fun” an example of that are all the shenanigans before the games ever started…His ego about the “Decision Special” was ridiculous, get real James, you can’t walk on water, or change water to Miami, you will be 2nd fiddle to Wade, its his team..i don’t think your ego can handle that..and lastly, you’re a ballhog, Wades a ballhog, Bosh, etc. etc….who’s gonna take the last shot???? Is a ring that important to you that you left a city that thought so much of you???young kids that worshipped you, from ages 5 and up?? when you reach 50 years old, retired with all those millions in your basement vault, do you think those people will ever forget what you did to them?? you could care less…just get into your Range Rover, drive away laughing your ass off…i used to enjoy watching you play, i’m 62 years old, never witnessed a championship in basketball, and you know what,,,,it don’t matter to me..oh, and another quote of yours was “i won’t leave Cleveland till i bring a championship here”….ring a bell???? tim

  20. hugh - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:52 AM

    LBJ never had the common decency to tell the Cavs anything beforehand. Just a card, a letter, a phone cal,, but no he kept them in the dark. They had to first hear about their divorce by way of a tv broadcast. So he slaps them in the face and whines when they get offended?

  21. czechmates - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    Come on Cleveland—get over it. The city mourning the loss of one of its sports heroes. And enough showing Willy Mays with his over the shoulder catch in the world series. and the last minute heroics of one John Elway. and forget the fumble by #44 Byner(?).
    what about all those sports heroes you had in days gone by: have you forgotten how Otto Graham tore up the NFL every Sunday with his pinpoint accuracy with which he fired countless touchdown passes to Mac Speedie and Dante Lavelli, and Marion Motley was chewing up hugh chunks of yardage on the ground. And then you had
    the Indians in the mid-40’s. People like Larry Doby in centerfield. and Dale Mitchell in left, and Bob (the “rifleman”) Kennedy in right field and Kenny Keltner at third base, and playing manager Lou Boudreau at short and the great Joe Gordon at second, and the power hitting Luke Easter at first base. And on the mound it was Bob Feller, and Bob lemon, and Mike Garcia, and Gene Bearden. A virtual all-star team by itself. You’ve had heroes. Lots of them. Lebron won’t be your last.

  22. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    LBJ never had the common decency to tell the Cavs anything beforehand. Just a card, a letter, a phone cal,, but no he kept them in the dark. They had to first hear about their divorce by way of a tv broadcast. So he slaps them in the face and whines when they get offended?

  23. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:58 AM

    SMB – catch a clue dude!! Don’t ever compare that self-righteous, arrogant arcehole Lebron James to Kobe. Kobe-esque???? If Lebron was Kobe-esque when Cleveland played Boston…Cleveland would have won. If Lebron was even CLOSE to Kobe-esque, Lebron would have willed his team to win. Kobe played his guts out every game in the playoffs with three different injuries…especially in game 7 of the finals, that he couldn’t catch his breath in the last minute of the game. Farking Lebron is a douche-bag who has no freaking idea what it means to WILL his team to a championship. This self-imposed king bullshat makes me puke. Your comment about Lebron being Kobe-esque makes me puke. Move to Miami so you can see your girlfriend…Leboring…play for his new team which if they do make it to the finals,will get biotch-slapped by true champions – the Lakers – a true NBA leader (and the real king) – Kobe. You twit….

  24. Josh - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    LoL Cleveland fans got PWNED on national TV… LoL even the governor of Ohio made a song begging Lebron to stay. Then Lebron goes on TV and just leaves, like he knew he would. Just PWNS Cleveland while they whine and cry in their beer. And Gilbert, the Cavs owner — *jeez dude* Lebron is just some kid who can dribble a ball. Get over it. Is Lebron the only way the team/city can make money? Really? Then at least be grateful for the time he played there. Can anyone really blame Lebron for leaving when the owner of the Cavs turns out to be such a bitter, suspicious, venomous, nasty jerk? Why would Lebron want to play there, when he has to deal with an owner who hates and resents him for having to kiss Lebron’s behind, and sits back in his box seats all suspicious. I bet if we could get uncensored audio from inside Gilbert’s office the “n” word was probably just flowing freely. They did it to themselves, Cleveland is just not a basketball town. Go Lakers.

  25. Whitey - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    Well said.

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