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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. jonz - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    ..uhmm… ok , and that has what to do w/this story.
    ?
    Its a bigger market, w/the trio it is marketability in itself. LeBrons agent made the right choice for LeBron – it$ $$$$$
    who cares about either city – thats not the point

  2. Hcklbery - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    This was a business decision, pure and simple.
    THESE OWNERS WANT IT ALL THEIR WAS, THEY FIRE OR RELEASE SOMEONE AND HURT HIS CAREAR BUT IT IS A BUSINESS DECISION AND THEIR RIGHT AND OBLIGATION TO MAKE IT BUT A PLAYER DOES THE SAME THING AND IT’S ALL SOUR GRAPES BOO HOO HE BETRAYED US.
    THE SIMPLE FACT IS THAT IF THE CAVS’ OWNERS WASN’T TAKEN IT ALL FOR GRANTED AND HAD MADE AN OFFER LeBron WOULD OF ACCEPTED THIS WOULD NEVER OF HAPPENED AND THEY KNOW IT AND ARE FEARFUL THE FANS WILL REALIZE IT TOO SO THEY VILLIFY A FREE AGENT FOR ACTING LIKE A FREE AGENT BE SIGNING WITH THE TEAM WITH THE MOST APPEALLING OFFER.
    IT’S BUSINESS, PURE AND SIMPLE….
    AND
    HIS RIGHT….

  3. jonz - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    he went where the $$ is .. Just like anyone would do.
    Whats scary/sad is the city of Cleveland is so upset about a 25 year old bball player.. Doesnt it have anything going for it ?
    fact is $$ speaks louder than anytype of loyalty in pro-sports nowadays.. its a rare athlete that passes up $ in lieu of Loving a city.. and if so its a story..
    god bless Cleveland- i just hope that hell doesnt swallow her soon

  4. Sarah Tonin - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    What’s sad is that the Cleveland fans think that LeBron owes them something. He played his heart out for 7 years and many of them never bought a ticket to the Q to see him play or bought a shirt. So what did they put in his pocket that entitles them to feel that way? They can’t tell you.
    Now comes Gilbert trashing LeBron, talking loyalty. Hey Dan, how loyal were you when you traded Ilgauskas away to the Wizards with only weeks left in the season? If you want LeBron to use your example of loyalty .. he did! You lost Boozer. You lost James. Some would say you were pretty stupid .. let me be the first. The Cavs will never win the finals with you driving the bus!

  5. strixxel10 - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    shut the hell up and go save a tree, are u kidding me? if u want to worry about the war or the dead kids, go and worry about them some were else, dnt waste peoples time who care about sports and find this interesting, im sure u have some hobby thats not life related and that dsnt benefit anyone!!!!!, or let me guess u are a real good person that never watches sports and u rather save the dying kids or the starving animals in the world, and there is nothing wrong with that, but please dnt make stupid comments like the one u made………….please dnt waste my time with a stupid worthless reply unless u r ready to save my dying dick ?

  6. JL - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Lol MJ played for two teams, and also played with a squad full of all stars just like Lebron’s soon to be

  7. fiveiron - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    I don’t know if LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet. I don’t know if he’s the best basketball player in Miami Beach. He had the right to decide where he wanted to go. There are many people who actually have to work for a living for whom the term “free agency” means unemployment, who would like to choose where they could work. He probably should have notified the Cavaliers himself of his decision, instead of having one of his flunkies do it for him. The whole process-from the initial speculation, to the silly TV show, to the Cleveland owner’s reaction, smacks of overkill. There’s just too much hype in pro team sports these days. Just cut the crap and play the games…Too much Pro Wrestling influence.

  8. whatshappening - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    he knew, and he told us on Larry King, only Cleveland was too stupid, poor and narcissicistic to hear it; LeBron tested Dan and he failed, just as LeBron knew he would; Cleveland has the Indians; if Dan doesn’t shut up, he’s going to lose everything

  9. daybreak! - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    I hope some vandals put the poster back up!!

  10. whodat - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    I thought OJ was the villian; the US paid a lot of money for that show, the greatest show on earth in the US’s history

  11. moveonCleveland - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Cleveland, don’t boo the guy you are bribing to stay

  12. boo - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Cleveland, don’t boo the guy you are bribing to stay

  13. jeff - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    LeBron epitomizes what’s wrong with today’s pro athlete – they try to pretend they’re here for the fans but all they care about is themselves. Mentally and emotionally, LeBron is an inarticulate child wrapped in a man’s body. Contrary to what millions of people think, he is nothing to idolize. He said he wasn’t going to leave Cleveland until he brought them a championship. So his statement yesterday saying, “We’re not going to win one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven…we’re gonna win multiple championships” is meaningless…and stupid. Plus, LJ is one ugly MF’er!

  14. LP - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    I agree with the VeryHappyLakerFAN with the exception of the Kato to Green Hornet comment. The Green Hornet would get beat down if it wasn’t for Kato. I am also a huge Parliament-Funkadelic Fan and it was pleasurable to see them mentioned in a post. With that said, LBJ is not and I don’t think will ever be of Kobe and MJ (I refuse to lose/fight to the finish) caliber. He did what was best for his personality and we’ll see how it turns out. The good thing in his favor is that D-Wade does have the fire and in my opinion is the second best player in the league behind the real B-Ball King Kobe. D-Wade and Bosh may just carry the man with the best athleticism (Mr. James)to a title in 2012 but 2011 belongs to the Lakers. In 2013, in the east look out for Chicago or maybe Orlando but they (ORL) need a new coach.

  15. pcort - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Amen to that

  16. PC - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Did you guys see the business side of the deal?
    Dan Gilbert was FORCED to accept the sign and trade!!!!
    After what he wrote, he still authorized the sign and trade.
    What a chicken?

  17. TAC - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    This isn’t over, read Brian Winhurst’s article in today’s Plain Dealer….this thing reeks of manipulation and meddling. If Stern and the NBA has any guts they’ll look into it.

  18. Zane - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    Don’t athletes normally get criticized for TAKING huge-money deals? Lebron is getting sh*t on for REFUSING one. Unbelievable.
    By the way, what the hell are fans in Cleveland so mad about? YOU HAVE JAKE DELHOMME! IT’S GOING TO BE OK! ;)

  19. VeryHappyLakerFAN - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    @LP…good to see that we have some P-Funk All-Stars in cyberspace…though, I’ll have to do some research on your Kato reference because as I recall the Green Hornet had the car and the ring. I totally agree with everything else in your post…good looking out!

  20. chris - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    the state really, last great thing to come from ohio was….lebron james….wow. sucks to be cleveland….back to Drew Carey being the KING……….

  21. Bruce - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    I think a point a lot of people are missing is that LBJ is more than just a basketball player. He is practically, if not literally, a corporation and business.
    From a basketball standpoint, he was a free agent. He had every right to choose to play where he would be the happiest. As I said earlier, he is not a traitor….though I did find it hilarious that Gilbert, owner of Fathead, reduced the price on the LeBron fathead from $99.99 to $17.41, because that’s the year Benedict Arnold was born.
    From a business and marketing standpoint, what LeBron did was close to suicide, except in the Miami market. He strung along teams who couldn’t move forward without knowing his decision. He held a 1 hour, primetime special to announce his decision and break the hearts of millions of fans from many different markets. Of course, that heartbreak turns to anger. He is now one of the most hated men in the NBA. Here in NY, you could see people wearing an LBJ, Cavs jersey. No one is going to wear his Heat jersey here. No one is going to go out of there way to buy the products he endorses, in fact the opposite effect could happen. If LBJ were a stock, I would say his value declined by over 50% this week.

  22. Eric - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Yeah, all those stuff you mentioned don’t matter….All sarcasm aside, you are in a BASKETBALL FORUM, where you will read about BASKETBALL STUFF…DEAL WITH IT or don’t get on these types of forums at all.

  23. Zeno - Jul 10, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Well said!!!

  24. neutral observer - Jul 11, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    shaq left orlando to play with kobe magic had khareem &
    worthy scott , jordan pippen rodman grant , bird mchale ainge parrish johnson , thomas mcguire dumars rodman etc etc lebron fulfilled his 7 year contract with honor and distinction now he owes no one or place anything did gilbert give coach brown or MSU a notice of his intentions? Mediais base in NY, their bosses upset lebron did not go there — first time in league history players exercised more wisdom and control than ( owners ) every year hours of hype for draft lottery and draft what wrong with 1 hour for most sought after free FREE agent ever ?

  25. neutral observer - Jul 11, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    shaq left orlando to play with kobe magic had khareem &
    worthy scott , jordan pippen rodman grant , bird mchale ainge parrish johnson , thomas mcguire dumars rodman etc etc lebron fulfilled his 7 year contract with honor and distinction now he owes no one or place anything did gilbert give coach brown or MSU a notice of his intentions? Mediais base in NY, their bosses upset lebron did not go there — first time in league history players exercised more wisdom and control than ( owners ) every year hours of hype for draft lottery and draft what wrong with 1 hour for most sought after free FREE agent ever ?

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