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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. Nick - Jul 10, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Time to mess with LeBron.
    Hey ‘Bron…where’s yo mama?
    I’m lookin for some fun.

  2. Go Heat - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Hey FDJLakers………please stop mentioning Kobe, Magic, and Jordan!!! Lebron is not any of them
    and also, Magic won a ring in his first year, so it was easy for him to stay with LA.
    Michael was locked in to a longterm contract until he had his second ring
    and Kobe rode Shaq’s coattails to 3 championships!!!!
    Learn your NBA facts!!!!!!

  3. Pat S - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Once again, Cleveland has yet another reason to cry that they just can’t come up with a sports team that is capable of winning a championship. Sorry Cleveland – probably will not see a Cleveland sports team logo and the word CHAMPION on the same shirt.

  4. commaman - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Before you write your comment, remember to use more !!!!!!! and CAPS. !!!!! and CAPS will really GET YOUR POINT ACROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. DaFakeKing - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    When Lebron committed his self-titled “kingship” folly, he was cast as an over-hyped “king”. Now after he joined DWade and CBosh, it’s rubbing off on the Heat being the over-hyped trifecta. We will see if they will win one championship. They will not. And I’m telling you this. THIS EARLY.

  6. Nick - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    F him in the heart

  7. BSelig - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Nick, you bring a lot to the table, you mental midget. Slither back into your hole.

  8. OR - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Dan Gilbert had 7 years, albeit more than enough opportunity to have averted the apparent meltdown in Cleveland. LeBron leaving CLE is not the issue despite Gilbert’s whining. Rather it is Gilbert’s lack of complete vision when he first acquired LeBron by not finishing the job and build CLE a cast of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh vis-a-vis Cleveland. At the end of the day, the owner of the team is ultimately responsible to the city.
    LeBron is not the first free agent to leave one city to play for another, I guarantee you he won’t be the last – that’s what free agency is all about. Duh.

  9. Jon KIng - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    LeBron totally made the right decision. The owner showed he is a sicko. He was going to pay LeBron huge money yet thinks he is a quitter? The guy makes money by being a lowly mortgage shark who helped inflate the housing bubble. I doubt that was the first time LeBron knew he was a skunk owner.

  10. Jon KIng - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    LeBron totally made the right decision. The owner showed he is a sicko. He was going to pay LeBron huge money yet thinks he is a quitter? The guy makes money by being a lowly mortgage shark who helped inflate the housing bubble. I doubt that was the first time LeBron knew he was a skunk owner.

  11. DaFakeKing - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    @Go Heat:
    DWade rode Shaq’s coattails too eh? And LeFraud was not sure of himself not winning a championship so he joined DWade and CBosh HOPING they can win one. THEY WILL NEVER. Chicago, Boston or Orlando will manhandle them.

  12. FDJLakers - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Three Questions:
    1. What are your thoughts on how a team could have the best record in the NBA for two years in a row, but fail miserably in the Playoffs?
    2. I know D. Wade can step up his intensity during the playoffs, for he essentially carried Miami to the Championship with Shaq as his side-kick. But do you think D. Wade will be able to motivate Lebron to intensify his efforts during the Playoffs in order to win a Championship?
    3. By the time the Playoffs roll around again, Artest will have blended very well into the Laker’s offense and defense, Pau will have continued in his growth, Kobe will have his finger, back, and knee in working order again, and Bynum will not be injured (I hope). Do you really think the new Miami Heat will be able to withstand the onslaught of a team where no one needs to be reminded of what it takes to win a championship? Obviously, new injuries can occur during the season. But how does D Wade impart his championship attitude on one of his major team mates who has a quitter’s attitude?
    GO LAKERS! 3-PEAT IN 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Lee - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Yeah well James brought it on himself by making a big deal out of it. He could have quietly announced he was going to Miami Heat but he chose the low road and did a 60 min idiotitc special on it… while yes people are going thru tough times. Be it heat or flooding.
    Frankly ESPN has the biggest rotten egg on it’s face.

  14. Cordae - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Seriously, this is the most decorated player in the NBA, and he has NOTHING to show for it. With the moves made in the east alone, Cleveland had absolutely NO CHANCE! Orlando is still good, the bulls are now an instant contender, Boston has gotten stronger and Miami would have found low-budget role players to bring in titles (just like the lakers did for kobe and shaq). So with all that said….WHERE does that leave cleveland!? He would have been miserable had he stayed. Personally I believed he should have cried like a bitch to get what he wanted (Just like Kobe did). But he didnt, he took on the pressure YEAR after YEAR! which is why he is the best player in the league, he’s selfless. He knew all along they didnt have a championship-calibur team in Cleveland, but he made the best out of what he had. Now the CAVS on the other hand! they have to be the biggest DUMMIES ever to run a team! They passed up on great players like Amare Staudemire to get WASHED UP ASS 32 YEAR OLD ANTWAN JAMISON!!! And thought they shouldve gotten somewhere! he didnt even play his role in the playoffs!!! you can only take a mediocre team so far, and the finals arent it! He cant pull rabbits out of his ass EVERY single series like he did back in ’07 against the pistons! The cavs should’ve torn a page out of the lakers book and catered to LeBron instead of hyping him up as God. When Kobe threatened to take off, did you all NOT see the moves the lakers made? they realize (Unlike the cavs did) that they had 1 of 2 of the BEST PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE!!! Come on now thats SELFISH on the fans part to wanna see him LOSE for the rest of his career to stay “LOYAL”! you play in the NBA to win Championships, not just to say “I’m a professional”, well, not with his resume atleast. GET IT TOGETHER!!!

  15. leonardo CAPrio!! - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    CAPS !!!!!!!!!!! CAPS !!!!!!!!!!!!! CAPS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAPS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. GhettoSoundwave - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    LOL! Dan Gilbert can’t win this. He should have just said “Thank you for 7 great years, LeBron and we wish you all the best!” and then go home and cry into his boyfriends pillow. Instead, his choice was to drag his dirty laundry out into the street like a white trash episode of Cops. Oh, and I love the “He quit” stuff…if he quit, then why offer him a contract? If LeBron never returned a messege or call, why on Earth would you think he would sign with the Cavs??? On top of that, I’m sure the Cavs management had knowledge of his television appearance like every one else, so did they think he was calling a press conference of over an hour long to announce that nothing will change??? Seriously, Cavs dropped the ball and now are looking to blame anyone but the man in the mirror.
    NO CLASS bro. NO class.

  17. DaFakeKing - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    LeQuitter or LeFraud will, as usual, the Choke Artist. And the Miami Heat will become the biggest BUST in free-agency history. Heat fans should shut up their mouth as there is no guarantee that they can win over Boston or Chicago or Orlando.

  18. travis - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    If anything dan has GAINED respectability NOT lost any with showing his passion for his team/business/city.Anyone who thinks Lebron handled this thing professionally even in the slightest way really needs to go get a brain scan

  19. DaFakeKing - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    LeQuitter or LeFraud will, as usual, becomne the Choke Artist. And the Miami Heat will become the biggest BUST in free-agency history. Heat fans should shut up their mouth as there is no guarantee that they can win over Boston or Chicago or Orlando.

  20. bob - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Tony: You’re right, James has the right to choose as he wishes. And fans have every right to hate him for it.

  21. FDJLakers - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Go Heat: I’ll learn my NBA facts if you learn how to read. My statement was an indirect quote from Charles Barkley who was trying to make a point as to how Lebron’s “legacy” will be affected. He will be known, even if he does get a championship, as the one who had to go to another team and ride the bandwagon of D. Wade in order to get a championship.
    “Michael was locked….until he had his second ring?” What is that supposed to mean, and what does that have to do with him staying with Chicago to earn six rings?
    Kobe did not ride Shaq’s coattails. This is what stereotypical Laker-haters say to diminish Kobe’s talents. Remember: when it came between choosing between Kobe and Shaq, the Laker organization said goodbye to Shaq. Shaq was the one who was released to a lesser team who then won a championship because of D. Wade. Without D. Wade, Miami was and is a shell of a team. I hope this never happens, because I really like D. Wade a great deal and think a lot of him as a player and as a person. But what if his shoulder goes out again? Who is Lebron going to turn to for leadership?

  22. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    “He knew all along they didnt have a championship-calibur team in Cleveland, but he made the best out of what he had.”
    They had the best regular season record two years in a row. They had THREE BIG MEN – Shaq, Varejao and Ilgauskas. Williams, West, Jamison and Moon were there to help LeFraud. Are you kidding me? Cleveland’s problem was LeFraud himself. He could not close out games in the playoffs.

  23. Jackie - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    and they don’t give a damn for you, Eddie. 😉

  24. Kardmon - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Right on Bruce! Add Bulls fan to that comment! Lebron lost respect and character this week! His reputation went down everywhere but Miami.

  25. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    You are absolutely correct. It is not about LeBron leaving Cleveland, though it is a tragedy for those fans as surely it was a tragedy the way Bosh left Toronto. But it was that LeBron had to go to Miami. To paraphrase the Orlando GM: “I thought he was more of a competitor than that.” So rather than go to the Knicks, Nets or Bulls and try hard to make them winners, he decided instead to “buy” a championship in Miami. (I say buy since he is giving up a lot of money to play there and get that elusive championship.) I hope that I live long enough to see sports return to sportsmanship from the “winning at any cost” attitude we see now. I do hope the Cavs, Knicks, Nets, and Bulls fans roundly boo him. I now I will when he comes to Toronto. So don’t tell me he has the right as a FA to go anywhere, which I don’t deny, I only wish he had been man enough to go anywhere other than Miami. One last thing, when he made his statement he said he was taking his talents to South Beach. Since Miami does not play in South Beach, maybe his departure for Miami doesn’t have anything to do with basketball.

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