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LeBron on Gilbert's comments: "I absolutely know I made the right decision"

Jul 10, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

Man, is this going to get awkward.

At the press-conference… and I use that term loosely, to introduce LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh as the new Heat triumvirate yesterday, LeBron reacted to Gilbert’s diatribe comments in his letter to the fans of Cleveland (and subsequent interviews).

Courtesy of Heat blog Peninsula is Mightier on the scene (audio here):

“And to also hear my former owners’ comments, I absolutely know I made the right decision.”

Well, then.

This is an ugly, messy situation in which neither side is making things any easier. Gilbert’s ruining his respectability and looks petty and small, LeBron looks petty for responding to it. Wade has said he feels terrible for what he did to Cleveland, but at the same time, as long as he keeps making any statement or movement that drives the dagger deeper, those comments will be overridden. .

And so it goes. No amicable split, no chance of a future reunion. No quarter given, none taken.

And the people that really suffer from all this, the fans of the Cavs, get to wake every day with the latest reminder of what they consider is the biggest betrayal of all.

203 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    come thru on his guarantee??? You lowlife cavs fan, its over for that franchise!!

  2. Lemonverbeena - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Tony, you’re right. LeBron had the right to make his choice. FA’s are just that, FA’s. We all knew it was a possibility/probability. I’m a forever Cleveland girl and all things aside, we’re sad to see LeBron go. Seriously though? Despite how he felt about the front office or whatever else made him so bitter, he should have been man enough, professional enough to know what this was going to do to the fans to have him make a one hour “decision” to wipe our faces in it. These very fans adored him in Cleveland, he was one of our own and he was lauded for seven years and THAT should have counted for something. He could have said he was leaving in a five minute press conference and donated the 2 mil to his charity, making it back in interest in about a day. How LeBron handled this was despicable.
    Now Gilbert? He cares about the Cavs. I’m all for passion and expressing anger, etc., but he went over the top IMO, promising a championship before LBJ gets one, wtf, the Benedict Arnold stuff, etc., it was embarrassing on top of it all, but LBJ waited a long time to tell everyone what he was doing and it has left Cleveland empty, scrambling for replacements.
    It was handled badly, mostly by LBJ and honestly, it’s hard to have respect for the guy now. He has a lot of growing up to do.

  3. bladedavy - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    I am not a Cav’s Fan nor Miami’s Fan. Lebron’s decision was the right one. He was a FREE AGENT and he reserves tp right to choose who he will play for. People from Cleveland and Cav’s fans ought to celebrate that he even considered playing for their pathetic team which had little hope with him in it. I wonder what will happen now that he is gone? Probably diappear from the face of NBA. (just one of the options)

  4. steve - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Why curse Miami. What team in the NBA would not sign Lebron, Wade & Bosch. They all had the right to go anywhere they wanted to but picked Miami. Not a bad place to live. No State Income Tax and you can play golf all winter. The Cavalier owner is just a little kid whose toy was taken away from him.

  5. Lemonverbeena - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    You need to go to “grow up camp” with LeBron.

  6. edwardo - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Yes you did, now maybe Cleveland can afford to get some good team players, you did good for yourself and your mom, and that is ok, great! But do not kid yourself, you paid a price that you have yet to know what the bill is. Your no MJ, and now we all know it.

  7. Insider - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    zag whatever your name is.. Championships are not one individually!!! If you have any basketball iq you know that MJ jordan or magic didnt do it alone, each all had a big two or three, even kobe didnt do it w/out shaq. and most recent he needed gasol, bynum, fisher, and artest to do it.. lebrons legacy will not be tarnished, he will be known as one of the greats THATS THAT! make no mistake about it he is great & one of kind and so is wade, so no legacy is tarnished. Maybe dumbass/fatboy Sir Charles should read this & eat his words for saying lebron will never be the guy, no wonder his fat ass never one a title, it is never done alone! Certain players can take over the game, like the greatest ever Jordan, but he never did it alone!!!
    Get your facts straight!!!

  8. VINNIE - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    DAN GILBERT THE PEOPLE OF CLEVELAND LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!! THAT SPOILED OVERPAID BABY DIDNT DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR HIM . HE DID THE FANS OF CLEVELAND A FAVOR BY LEAVING THIS WAY HE WONT BE ABLE TO TANK ANOTHER PLAYOFF GAME GAME 5 FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Lemonverbeena - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    I have to agree with you here. He’s a passionate owner of the Cavs and in that respect, it was nice to see, somehow making the fans feel better, but I have to say, being from Cleveland, I cringed when I read it, and saw it replayed, no less than a thousand times. Someone in PR should have stopped him. It just added crap to crap.

  10. bull'sfan in MA - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    I felt LeBron had betrayed Cleveland until I read Gilbert’s letter. If Gilbert had that many question’s about his character, he should not have played LeBron’s NBA dating game.He should have demanded a decision to stay and moved on if LeBron refused. It was obvious he did not want to stay in Cleveland–be real– it does suck compared to Miami or Chicago or NYC.He has lived in lame Ohio all his life/never went to College and has dysfunctional mother rumored to be sleeping with his teamates–who would want to stay in Ohio. He was an unrestricted FA and owes Clevelan nothing.

  11. Sav - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Whoa we cant comment on sports because bad things happen in the world? There’s over 6 billion people on the earth. Something bad will ALWAYS be happening. So we shouldn’t ever enjoy entertainment, family, or sports? Your statement is ludicrous and shows a complete lack of perspective. Heaven forbid we discuss sports or a good movie or whatever because somewhere, someone is being oppressed (sorry for the quote steal monty python). Try gaining a balanced perspective and loosen up your sphincter a bit.

  12. trout bum - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    For god’s sakes who in there right mind would want to live in Cleveland over Miami? It has one of the most depressing climates in the country. LBJ gave Cleveland 6 great years and he has every right to go where he so chooses.
    The Cavs are in turmoil. They fired their coach and then their GM and have a jerk of an owner. Who wouldn’t want to leave?

  13. Topgun - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    With all the S— we are going through in the gulf, the war, Obama’s clueless S—, is lebron 15 minutes up yet

  14. THOMAS - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    DAN DID RIGHT BYE ME; W’ELL BE OK JUST A CLEVELAND FAN

  15. RW - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Where is David stern? Imagine if a player went on a diatribe against a owner of a team, David Stern would fine him. He would suggest that the player had harmed the league. But this idiot owner fires a coach that had the best record for the past two years. He now feels betrayed, because the king did what was in his best interest. He is a suggestion for the Cavs owner. the next time you land a superstar player, and he start thinking about running off to greener pastures, “cut off his foot”. Becuase you know Lebron was yours for life. Think of ungrateful he was, you fed, you housed, and he betray you like that! The nerve of him! Go 631 degrees of Heat, Burn up the league.

  16. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    you’re are right about that but the way he did it was wrong.

  17. Tax Lawyer - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    I live in Baltimore, but lived in Miami for 5 years at one point in my life. We have a killer football team here, and a minor league baseball team, and no basketball, except the Terps, my true passion and who should have made it to the finals last year (and we beat Duke during the regular season by the way). And no, I cannot find it in my heart to root for the dysfunctional Wizards, even given their number one draft pick. I used to root for Pheonix, solely on account of loving to watch Steve Nash play. But now I am a true Heat fan. I lived there when they won the title, but didn’t like Shaq at all, so it was with mixed emotions. Go Heat!

  18. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Don’t bad mouth the President he is a Bull’s Fan.Who do you want in his place Mr Depends McCain or Drill baby Drill Palin or more W. you must be clueless.

  19. Colin - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Atleast Cleveland fans have a basketball team.. The only fans that have a right to have a feeling of betrayal are the fans in Seattle..

  20. spock - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Dan Gilbert is hypocritical. this is about business. If Lebron, Akron native and all, averaged 20 points and 5 rebounds less he would have traded him years ago. He would have done it because it would be best for the Cavs and ultimately for Gilbert. So why not commend Lebron for doing with is ultimately best for him.
    By the way those “loyal” Cleveland fans (or any in the NBA) would have booed him if he made the money he made last year if he had the above stats.

  21. Bruce - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    1. LeBron had every right to leave Cleveland. No one should call him a traitor.
    2. It is apparent that over the years that Dan Gilbert pretty much did everything LeBron asked of him, between having his entourage around the team, to the players the Cavs brought in (with LeBron’s blessing) to play beside him. I can understand Gilbert being upset that he did everything for LeBron, even it went against building the best long term team.
    3. It is also apparent that LeBron never had any inclination to go back to the Cavs and always has planned on leaving. LeBron is a major a-hole for stringing them along (as well as other teams). He did not give the Cavs time to recruit and maybe sign other star players with the money that they had set aside for LBJ. LBJ should have told the Cavs immediately that he wasn’t coming back, and allowed them to move forward.
    4. LBJ should have handled this much differently in regards to the city of Cleveland. How about a full page ad on July 1st saying how much he loves the city, the fans, etc… He plans on still being an intrical part in the future of Cleveland (charities, etc…) and will always consider it is home…but it is time to move on. I think if he had handled it this way, the fans and ownership would be a lot more understanding and forgiving than go on an hour long prime time special to make his announcement and sticking it to them.
    With the exception of Heat fans, LBJ is now one of the most hated players IN THE HISTORY of the NBA…and it is not because he changed teams, but the way he handled it. I wonder if LBJ’s mommy picked out his clothes for today.
    I am a Knicks fan and, of course, would have LOVED him here. BUT, in retrospect, I am glad he didn’t come here. I will be at the first Knicks/Heat game at MSG. I hope LeBron knows he will be 100x more vilified and hated than even Reggie Miller. Knicks fans love and appreciate good basketball players. We have acknowledged great games by MJ, Kobe, Bird, Magic, etc…through the years. We will never do that with LeBron.
    Finally, LBJ will NEVER be recognized the way NBA fans respect and recognize Jordan, Magic, Bird, Kobe, etc…Why? Because he has proven he CANNOT be the #1 guy on a team and carry them to a championship. What’s the difference between LeBron and Bernard King? Not much.

  22. vinnie - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    WOW I HAVE TO RESPOND TO TROUT . IT WAS LEBRON WHO DIDNT LIKE THE STYLE OF PLAY FROM THE COACH . THEY REPLACED HIM BEACUSE LEBRON COULD NOT GET ALONG WITH HIM OR DANNY FERRYS DECISIONS. SO THEY GOT BYRON SCOTT WHO LEBRON SAID HE CAN PLAY FOR . EVERY MOVE THE CAVS DID WAS AT LEBRONS REQUEST . AND WHAT DOES HE DO?? HE DOESNT EVEN GIVE THE OWNER A PHONE CALL OR TEXT OR E MAIL HES LEAVING . TROUT THEY CALL THAT RESPECT AND LEBRON HAS NONE EXCEPT TO HIMSELF AND HIS HOOD BUDDIES.. AS FAR AS THE WEATHER IT DOES SUCK BUT I RATHER LIVE HERE AND PAY 600 DOLLARS FOR A 3 BEDROOM CONDO THAN 2THOUSAND DOLLARS IN MIAMI !!!!!!!!!!!!1

  23. take it eas - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    not everything always has to be about everything serious. take a break from your ranting ranj.

  24. David - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    To Lebron and every other athlete out there:
    The clear lesson in all of this is, “They don’t like you, they like what you do.” As soon as you stop doing what “they” like their true feelings will be manifest.

  25. VeryHappyLakerFAN - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Like most sports fans, I was intrigued with the whole “where will Lebron” go question. I actually thought he would hook up with his homey Jay-Z and the billionaire and build a dynasty in Brooklyn…boy was I wrong. My thoughts were based on my believe that Lebron had the “take no prisioners…kill my competition” fire burning in his belly…like Kobe and Jordan. Obviously, Lebron is a little softer…preferring to avoid the pressure of being THE MAN and instead settling for being the man Behind the man. I completely understand his decision to leave the Cavs and their crazy owner. Gilbert did not surround Lebron with the talent that he need to win…bringing in a washed up Shaq and a 34 yr old Antwane was pathetic. LBJ gave the Cavs 7 years to build a team that could go all the way…not just win a bunch a games in a watered down Eastern conference.
    So yes, LBJ HAD to leave Cleveland…plus there was that little issue with Delonte sleeping with LBJ’s mom. I’m just a little disappointed that the anointed one came to the conclusion (at the age of 25) that he needed to go to a team where he would become Pippen to DWade’s Jordan, Tonto to DWade’s Lone Ranger, Robin to DWade’s Batman, Kato to DWade’s Green Hornet…and for you Parliment/Funkadelic fans, Lebron is Sir Nose, the long head sucker, to DWade’s Dr. Funkenstein. You can NOT be the KING if it ain’t your TEAM!!!!!
    For the record, no matter how bad it got after Shaq left, Kobe never tried to become another player’s sidekick. He stuck it out and forced Lakers’ mgmt to bring in some quality players.
    On the subject of the Lakers…WE will complete the 3Peat next season while the Heat blows away the Eastern conference. The Christmas day game between the Lakers and Miami will be a great game and probably a preview of the NBA Finals…so I look forward to it.

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