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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. 
290 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Corporate America - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    For comments like that…..he has every right for leaving Cleveland.

  2. chatdizzle - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    Hey Nick,
    I work with a guy named Nick, and I’m here to tell you, that guy really sucks. I mean really. I hope your a better person than that douche’

  3. Concepcion G Rodriguez - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    I don’t know what the fuzz is all about.He is his own man he can do what he pleases.Besides it’s not about the money, Clev offer him 113 million verses Mia only 97 million.Sports is about glory, James had no help in Cleve,that could step up,He’ll have that in Mia.Beside i always like to see a excellant player get what he deserves. AAAA CHAMPIONSHIP.A lot of good player have gone and retired with nothing to show for (Except Money) Le Bron you hang in there brother,who cares what people think or say. I will always support even tho i’m not from either State. You go boy………

  4. Corporate America - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    You are so right !! and that is what everybody is failing to understand…he owes nothing to Cleveland once his contract expires. His obligations to the orginazation lasted for seven years, even though the owner did not think so…and turned around and calls LBJ a quitter, who is stupid now !

  5. Jay - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    So you mean to tell me that had LBJ not left he be the greatest thing since slice bread? You say you grew up near him and only now do you think of all the negative BS? Then ask not to burn anymore jersey in effort to not be viewed as classless? COM ON MAN! Your whole attitude is just that! Regardless of when LB decided to go, when did the mgmt or was going to do anything to get real help? Regardless of how the TV airing went off, how much of this had to do with TV itself ESPN, sponsors willing to start this and/or go along to get their slice of big breaking news? Regardless of staying or going LBJ had a right to decide what he wanted to do, not you. You live and die in Cleveland if you want to, you chase your dreams there if you want to and no one should hold that against you. He doesn’t owe you and the rest of OHIO anything. He gave while he was there…brought money into ecomony, entertained, helped out, and build a fanbase, brought Nat’l attention, and played and set club records. And if he doesn’t fair any better somewhere else, you mean he never deserved to findout regardless how he went about it?

  6. Henry - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    People are calling LeBron a quitter, but I don’t get that. Why is it, when a playing makes a business move, he or she is ridiculed, but a team will make the same decision in the name of business, and no one blinks an eye? Most of the people making these proclamations seem to be in the labor force also but tend to side with management for no good reason. These guys are making decisions based on where they think their best opportunities are, just like I have made in my professional career when I’ve sought a promotion inside an organization or have chosen to seek a promotion at another company(team). Unless a person doesn’t have any ambition, then there may be some legitimacy to some of these arguments, but one can tell by the venom coming from these people’s mouths that they’re just as competitive, probably dangerously more, as anyone else, so the hypocrisy is embarrassing.
    What is the real motivation for the vile comments being directed at these athletes? People need to look in their hearts and subconscious or conscious minds to explore where this jealously or other viciousness is coming from, because it certainly isn’t coming from what most professional people do in their own career paths.

  7. jboi79 - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    Last time I checked it was a free country and people could do whatever they wanted (within the law). Gilbert looks like a scumbag.

  8. Mat - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    Let’s be honest, LJ is an employee and he took his game elsewhere. How else did people see this ending???? Were they going to hug it out, drop a tear, and go quietly into the sun? This was going to end badly if he left, no matter what. Dan lost his cash cow and the way he handled it was unbelievably unprofessional and childish. You own a professional team, grow the hell up.

  9. Nick - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    And LeBron Can’t Understand Normal Thinking.
    Can’t wait for the Hated Heat to go north and get trashed by the Cavs. Bang Bang!

  10. Thomas - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    Exactly.. this happens in sports all the time. Players are EVIL when they do what’s best for them and their families but the team can cut you and trade you anytime they want to… Please… I’m happy for LeBron and his new team. I will fly down to Miami and catch a few games myself since we didn’t get him in NY. LOL

  11. tstull1979 - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    Hey man, no reason to drag Kobe into this. Never in his career has he mailed in a series like Lasissy did against Boston. There is not a player in the league who tries harder every minute of every game than Kobe. But you are right about one thing, Lasissy will never be able to even stand in the shadow of Jordan. Jordan never would have had this circus around him the way Lasissy does.

  12. Larry - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    This letter was written because of the way that Lebron conducted himself during the process. I’m a Cleveland fan who believes that Lebron needed to do what was best for him…I may disagree with his decision but I can accept it. What I can’t accept is the fact that by leaving, he was inflicting damage on a city that has been struggling for some time and he exacerbated the sting by doing it publicly on Television and did not even have the decency to let the team know before the “Decision.” Furthermore, he couldn’t even man up and call the owner himself, but had a business associate do it. He had no problem calling the Heat management to tell them what he was doing, but he left the Cavaliers and the City of Cleveland’s fans holding the bag. I hope he wins 7 championships in Miami, but if he does then he will always be 1 championship behind Dwyane Wade, because Wade won a championship the old-fashioned way–he earned it. Lebron promised the people of Cleveland that he’d win them a championship and that he didn’t want to go anywhere else to “seek a ring” in an interview in 2006…obviously as Dan Gilbert said in his letter, “Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.” Lebron may get his taste of heaven but he just disqualified himself from ever being considered one of the immortals of basketball. I hope he enjoys the crime infested, drug-addled kingdom of which he just became a Prince, because Dwyane Wade is the King of Miami and always will be.

  13. Spartan - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Gilbert tried to take the heart and sole of Michigan State Basketball – Tom Izzo – from the players, students and fans of Spartan Basketball for his own gain and now he thinks it’s OK to blame James for doing what James wanted to do? He wants to have his cake and eat it to. Quit whining and move on!

  14. cavsfan - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    I happen to have a Ph.D., Hill-Billy. How about you? Most of you don’t even get it. Most people here don’t begrudge Lebron moving on – we all agonize over decisions like this every day. It was the MANNER in which he did it. Have a little grace and respect for the hard-working community that, in essence, made your salary possible by TRUE sacrifice (his, Wade’s and Bosh’s favorite word these days) and bought tickets to watch you play. Would people have liked the outcome? Absolutely not! But, to drag it out and make a spectacle of it, when it now seems abundantly clear that the three of them had this orchestrated for months, if not years, is infantile and not becoming of an adult. In so doing, he has subjected Cleveland to puerile (you can look it up if you don’t know the meaning) comments from posters such as yourself who have no idea about the great resources of my hometown. I moved away from Cleveland when I was 19, looking for something that I thought was “better” (whatever the hell that means) and, after 18 years in Chicago and Colorado, home called me back. I truly hope Lebron finds whatever it is he is looking for, but he could have managed his decision with a modicum of class.

  15. Wayne - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    “The Cavs have what looks like a JV team, it’s no surprise that James left. The chumps on the Cavs roster…” – Are those the same “chumps” that racked up the best record in the NBA the last two seasons? The “chumps” who were picked even ahead of the mighty Lakers and Celtics to win it all with LeBrick and Shaq and Mo Williams running the show? LeBrick couldn’t get it done with quality, so he fled to become a #2 or #3 player on a team instead of its star. That’s hardly what a “king” wouldd do…

  16. WC (who cares?) - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Poor LB. Call whine, one, one!! Maybe they can comfort you. This is big business, as if you did not know that. Grow up!! There are real problems in this worldand it does not focus on your money and ego!!

  17. Gringo - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    An English Speaking Town!!!!

  18. Barbara Traver - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    The choice is clear for a mature individual. You stay with Cleveland. He owes those fans big time!

  19. David - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    You nailed it. The NBA has been going down the tubes for years, and pathetic drama like this only confirms the thugs in the pros represent. Look I’m not a Cleveland fan. I live in Texas and support Dallas. Even Dirk took a pay cut to support the team that supported him for years. The really good players normally make class moves like this because of it. James is nothing more than another thug, and I will be the first to laugh if Miami is not winning championships. If that happens then Cleveland gets the last laugh. Two alphas with these kind of egos is only more drama for the press, which is why I prefer college ball, instead of ongoing NBA soap opera. LeBron showed exactly what kind of class he really has in this process. Off the court he’s got some real P.R. issues. It’s why college ball will always be the real king of the sport, not the NBA.

  20. LES - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Who cares what LeBron James thinks… really. He is a friggin’ BASKETBALL PLAYER. Nothing more. If something happens to him preventing him from playing BASKETBALL, what will he do? He has nothing to fall back on, he went to the NBA from high school, did not further his education. He’s a self-absorbed ego-maniac, yet another surrounded by those who wish to feast on the crumbs he leaves behind and won’t rein him in. That “decision” fiasco was ludicrous, in today’s economythat sort of display of decadence is obscene. Gee, wouldn’t this man make Obama’s list of those who have made enough money?
    Good for the Cav’s owners for telling it like it is.

  21. SDL - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Dan Gilbert is a jerk. That letter was pathetic. Nothing but sour grapes. He came off like the spoiled rich kid he is and I mean KID!!! WAH! WAH! WAH! WAH! WAH! WAH! Lebron left!!!
    After 7 freaking years he left you misfit!!
    The whole thing was quite nauseating. A one hour TV program to announce what team your going to in free agency. REALLY!!!! I did not watch a second of it!! Could care less. Had to get up and go to work the next day regardless of the outcome. Lebron needs to take a hard look at who he has surrounding him. Amateurs at best and fools at worst!!! Either case its time for a change.

  22. Denissr - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    James doesn’t owe Cleveland anything, he stayed there 7 years when he could have played in a larger market and made more money. James has been a class act, I was worried when he came out of hi school that he would be just another sports punk, but he has handled himself well. Cleveland and their couch should be thankful he gave them what he did and wish him well, instead of all this whining. It is past time James thinks of himself, as he can see from their babbling, Cleveland doesn’t deserve his talents. From one Ohio person to another good luck Mr. James, live well!

  23. MagicMan - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Why is it that no one is telling the real story behind the story. I fully understand that ESPN has abdicated their role as a news organization but how about the others.
    NBA insiders have confirmed, and Dan Gilbert alluded to this, that Delonte West was in a “relationship” with Bron Bron’s momma. LaBron finally found out, one of the last on the team to know, and it came to a head prior to Game Six. Both players were separated before the game in what could have been a major blow up. He felt his team gave up on him but withholding info so he “quit” on the team. There was no way he was coming back to a locker room where teammates were snickering behind his back.
    I thought it was laughable that Bron Bron invoked Momma so often when speaking about the positive influences in his decision. Oh, she was part of the decision alright, but not in the way he would like everyone to believe.

  24. vette78man - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    It’s not so much about why he left or that he left at all. Cleveland is used to favored players leaving for more money or a “chance to win.” It was HOW he left, the self-promotion, the playing games with Cleveland (fans and management), and the classless way he didn’t even contact the Cavs front office with the news or anything. Cleveland has always been an easy target for national sports media, but for this city to get nearly unanimous sympathy because of his METHOD and STYLE of announcing the move … that takes a world-class turd to achieve. LBJ has shown he qualifies.

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

    Durant is waaay to classy for Lebron.

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