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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. Jeremy - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    go LAKERS……

  2. trout bum - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    I don’t think LBJ has to worry if rent in $600 or $6M. His moving was a no brainer. Miami will rock the NBA.

  3. ron - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    lebron still does not get it. he keeps making one stupid mistake and comment after another. he has been coddled and spoiled forto long. if he did not do the most disrespectful act any player has done to a owner with his narcisstic show on espn and someone calling owner after 7 years 2 minutes before on live tv, the owner would not have reacted in such a betrayed way. lebron now sais he knows he did the right thing. hey moron what do you think would happen if you shot somebody or hurt them on purpose do you think they will thank you. he never accepts any blame or resposibility for anything. total jerk. go cavs. and by the way i am huge laker fan and still hate the guy. no class at all.

  4. cyrrus - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    You should be happy cleveland – if he is all the despicable things you all are saying, why even offer him a contract, gilbert. Be happy he is gone. It just shows the lack of planning and preperation the cav’s had. Professional?? The Suns lost Amar’e and the organization wished him well. Gilbert just killed any chance of getting DECENT free agents.
    Oh and another thing, stop comparing LeBron to Kobe, (adulterer,and acccused rapist), Magic, (cheated on his wife multiple times and brought the HIV virus into his house) Jordan, (probably couldn’t count how many times he cheated on his wife), and the great white hype, Bird, (had an illegitimate child and wouldn’t pay child support). Be careful of your comparisons, as LeBron hasn’t done any of the above things. He’s JUST a basketball player.

  5. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Vinnie the cavs are not going to the playoffs anymore

  6. rintintin - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    The issue is not so much LeBron choosing Miami but the disrepectful way in which he chose to annouce the decision. Promoting his arrogant self while disregarding his fans and hometown supporters. This entire situation could have been handled with more tact.

  7. Scott S. - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    I think the biggest problem that Gilbert had was that LeBron knew he was going to leave and made it seem like Cleveland had the best shot to sign him. While Cleveland did not completely surround LeBron with the talent needed, they did keep on improving. Maybe they would have finished building the proper team for him maybe not, no one will know now.

  8. steve - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    your wrong if he believed he was jus t a player he would not call himself king and talk in 3rd person.a baketball player with no ring

  9. Connie - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Thanks for putting it into perspective!

  10. Ben - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    I always find it funny when people post comments about how the article is beneath interest due to all the injustices in the world .. yet they find time to read it and then write up a commentary about it. Surreal !!

  11. Mason reese - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Just to clearify, For all you morons who keep referring to world events like the oil spill in the gulf or the wars in the middle east or the stock market or whatever else, Please realize that this is a sports blog, for people interested in SPORTS! When I want I want world news, I’ll check out the proper venue. Dopes!!

  12. Scott S. - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    For a “real basketball fan” you sound more like a LBJ junkie. LBJ had everyone thinking he would return to Cleveland. By stringing everything out when he knew he would not return, he did not give them an opportunity to move on other players they might have. If you think that the whole ESPN special was not completely self-centered and selfish you need to wake up or get off whatever drugs you are taking.

  13. jusd2ofus - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    every1 that hates what Lebron did whats him to make good on his promise but lets be real who wants to come and play for the cavs

  14. E Root - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    dont forget illegal immigration and our open borders that people just walk across…

  15. Robert Cosey - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Hey, irate and happy fans. Think of what you’ll have to scream about next season.

  16. kyle - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    @ranj…dude I am sick & tired of hearing people like you on the forums. If you dont like the news…..MOVE ON! We all know that there are tragedies everywhere. But some of us like the distractions. So ….tell it walkin’ GEESH!!

  17. Ranjanie - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Nice to read you are the one who defines “real life.” What a sage. And to think you passed on this knowledge on a sports site. What an oracle.

  18. FDJLakers - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    1. Anyone who watched the Eastern Finals saw Lebron give up with an attitude of simply not caring. I was happy to see it because I wanted Boston to play the Lakers for only one reason: L.A. would have home court advantage. My question is, why did such a staunch competitor at that level give up with an attitude? Is it because he knew if they won the championship he would have to remain in Cleveland? I don’t know….just asking.
    2. Lebron has a history of acting in a way that shows no character, including when he cursed his mother out on national T.V., or when he refused to shake Orlando’s hand when Cleveland lost in 2009. This last stunt by the way he embarassed his home state came as no surprise. It is who Lebron is: a man of incredible talent, but with no character or integrity. Even though I’ve never liked the Cavs, my sympathy sincerely goes out to all Cavs fans for the way Lebron left. (And by the way, Free Agency is fine, but choose your team and leave with dignity and class.)
    3. As Barkley mentioned, people like Kobe, Magic, and Jordan stayed with their organization and built their teams to get a championship. Even if Miami gets another championship, Lebron will be considered to have gone to D. Wade’s team in order to get a championship on D. Wade’s coattails!
    4. The CAVS had the best record in the entire NBA for two seasons in a row. The fact that they did not succeed in the playoffs lies squarely on Lebron for not coming thru. I guarantee you that if Chicago or L.A. had had the best record in the NBA for any given year, both Jordan and Kobe would have given more than everything they had to carry their team to the championship. Lebron did not. But now he has D. Wade to carry the burden, and D. Wade is more capable of handling it than Lebron was, so maybe Lebron will get his championship after all…..through D. Wade.
    5. I think a lot of what Dan Gilbert expressed was accurate, but stated in a highly inappropriate manner. (And the curse thing is just, well, weird!) But who are we to judge. This was a highly emotional situation and I am sure none of us handle ourselves very well when we are highly emotional.

  19. bhm - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    As a “non – NBA” fan I would like to share my opinion. James’ decision made one set of fans very happy and one set of fans very dejected. I would say the way he did it was very childish and contrite, which figures with the ego involved. Dan Gilbert’s reply was similarly childish and foolhardy. Let’s be real, both of them are only talking about money. One thing though, even as foolish as they were Dan Gilbert’s words ring with the fans because of the way James did this. I know this because I am a “non – NBA” fan… I LIVE IN SEATTLE WHERE THE FREAKING NBA STOLE OUR TEAM!

  20. VIINIE - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:32 PM


  21. Knowitall - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    FDJLakers: Dude, stop typing. You’re making ranj look good.

  22. pigbar - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Sure you don’t even see baseball seasons, neither football, none basketball, any spaort at all. What are you doing about all those troubles you have commented to get them resolved? Got a Life, man?. If all you do it is just trash taking and complain actually you are doing nothing. Before save the planet, the monkies or what ever you want first have to save your self from been so “average”.
    Live and let death.

  23. RanJ - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    For all of you who mocked me, let me tell you that I personally stopped the war in the Balkans, freed political and religious prisoners in the Bosnia and ended the Soviet domination of Hungary. One thing I have not done, is dunk.

  24. Go Heat - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    the only possible negative in this whole entire situation is the way he handled letting the Cavs know. but the majority of the blame for Lebron leaving has to go to the Cavs ownership. Lebron had been please for years for some quality talent on that team and all they could come up with is Shaq ($20 mil a year) and Jamison ($17 mil a year), both overpaid!!! Lebron knew that Cavs ownership wasn’t commited to being the best team in the NBA so he decided to go somewhere and play with quality teammates. you can’t blame the guy for wanting to win championships.
    and for those of you that continue to compare him to Jordan, Kobe Magic, Larry, etc…… you need to stop. he is not nor claims to be any of those guys. each one of them had unique situations – Kobe won 3 of his rings as Shaq’s sidekick, Michael had Scottie Pippen, who is a Hall of Famer on the 50 greatest list, and we don’t even need to mention the “stacked” teams that Magic and Larry played on.
    If you think for one second that Lebron would have been able to win a ring with crappy team he was playing with in Cleveland, then you are a fool!!! and Magic, Kobe, Michael, and Larry wouldn’t have been able to win with them either!

  25. FDJLakers - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Well said! I especially liked your statement, “You can NOT be the KING if it ain’t your TEAM!!!!!”
    Boston, Atlanta, or Orlando will probably take care of Miami next year anyway. But if they don’t, it’ll be fun watching the Lakers stomp the ego out of Miami in the Finals, just as they did to Boston this year.
    Of course L.A. was demolished by Boston in 2008. But losing by 4 points in a game 7 after you had a 13 point lead in the 3rd quarter has got to leave a painful wrench in your gut…..especially after Pierce said they would not be returning to L.A. and would take care of business in Boston!
    GO LAKERS! 3-PEAT IN 2011!

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