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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.

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  1. cavsgirl - Jul 11, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    If you would pay attention, I posted my comment about language generally and not in direct response to you.

  2. Kris Johnson - Jul 11, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Tommy Jones- I see your point. The owner (Gilbert) spent tens of millions of dollars to put that kind of talent around James. He brought Shaq, the self proclaimed greatest of all time, Jameson, a 20 point ten rebound all star, and Ilgauskas, a long time teammate and allstar to help LeBron. He fired the coach so that LeBron would not take the heat for choking in playoff games. He offered him more money than any team could offer, and he sold the future of the team by giving away future draft choices to build that team. Then he gets slapped in the face by having LeBron bring in every whore in the nation to bid for his services. I guess Gilbert should bend over and kiss LeBrons @ss goodbye. LBJ and Wade and Bosh are all acting like their sh@t dont stink. I lost respect for all of them. On the playground what would you say about putting the tallest strongest players on one team and the short weak ones on another. Its cheating, and low class. It an orchestrated stacking of the deck. The Lakers tried it and it was distasteful then. Not quite like the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals but it is in the same category. Maybe now they can further try to stack the deck with Ilgaukas, Fisher, Shaq, or any other loser that cant make it legitimately.

  3. davidly - Jul 11, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Next year’s playoff teams from the East:
    1) Chicago
    2) Orlando
    3) Boston
    3) Milwaukee
    4) Cleveland (that’s right, Cleveland)
    5) Atlanta
    6) Indiana
    7) Charlotte
    8) New York (what the hell happened to the Heat?)

  4. Cordae - Jul 11, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Lady…….great players play through adversity with great teams LOL so u, being from Cleveland and all, wanted him to “lead” his team to 6 more losing seasons? For what? Just so you could see him everyday? And him being “mentally absent” still got him a tripple-double. You wouldn’t have noticed this “mental absence” had he won the game with the same numbers he put up. I TVoed that game and watch it til this day, he didnt quit, every other player on his squad was scared sh**less. Thats why his shooting percentage was so low in that game, they passed the ball to him everytime he was in their eyesight, instead of contributing and taking some of the EASIEST shots (west, varajao). And of course Cleveland had the edge, they were his hometown! But once he noticed other teams in the east got stronger, he got smart. I mean honestly if 5 other teams got stronger in a matter of days and yours have done absolutely NOTHING but say “this is home, we love you” you’d stick around? HELL NO. Thats like setting yourself up for failure. I think he realized that this Cleveland-acclaimed “King” title couldnt stick around without the hardware (rings). And you guys real king (Dan Gilbert) just made it 100x harder to attract any all-stars to play in Cleveland for another 20 years. Beg someone to stay, make no moves, and s**t on their names when they leave? really?

  5. Cordae - Jul 11, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    dude……the shaq idea wouldve been great….five years ago! hes obviously passed his prime. Jamison got s***ted on in the playoffs and Big Z’s numbers PLUMMIT in the playoffs. Damn am I the ONLY one here who watches basketball? You all keep naming these people like they’ve had some type of impact……they haven’t! look at the numbers people! They were s**t in the playoffs! geez!!!

  6. Cordae - Jul 11, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    and by loosing seasons i mean ones without rings. Not none of that best regular season record bulls**t. That doesnt go in the history books..

  7. Dimples - Jul 11, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    I ask anyone who would stay at a job without the powers that be giving you the help you need to succeed. Lebron did what was best for him and that was what he should have done. Especially now she Cleveland has denounced him, taking down his mural, and the owner openly expressed his hatred that had to be building for years. Players play for a team but leave all the time. Instead of belittling Lebron praise Pat Riley for being a genuius.

  8. Dave G. - Jul 11, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    For those who thing that Lewrong when he said that “he made the absolute right decision”, it wasn’t about going to Miami, it was about him quitting on the team against the Celtics. Let’s face it, he quit big time. I think he got worried about an injury with his free agency summer coming up.
    I really don’t think Miami will win the title. C’mon, this is not the Big 3, this is the Big Ego 3. Also, what high school team are they gonna surround the other 3 with? Nevermind the bench.

  9. Dave G. - Jul 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Praise Riley???? For???? Picking up 3 Super Ego’s? Seriously, I would NOT want to be the coach. The Heat might have gotten away with 2 Super Ego’s, but including Lebron? Bad,bad decision. Imagine Bosh and Wade surrounded by a very good team ( what would 20 something odd million buy?) I think adding Lebron was a bad team decision. Think Kobe and Shaq several years ago. They won with 2 egos and even that didn’t last long due to Super Ego’s. Who’s Miami coach going to back when Lebron and Bosh have issues with Wade? Or Wade and Bosh have issues win Lebron?
    And before anyone points out Boston’s big 3, all three of them were on the downside of their careers (or close) and hadn’t won a ring yet. Those same Boston big three would never have won 8 years ago, but desperation breeds a team first mentality. Don’t see it in Miami.

  10. Anonymous - Jul 11, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Its not the fact that he left, it is how he did it. It was disrespectful to Cleveland and his home town of Akron. And it is upsetting because he was the one that always claimed his loyalty to the area and then he turn around and slapped us all in the face with that hour long show. I get that he wants to win, and I can accept that he left, but the way he handled it all was unclassy and he showed his true colors!

  11. Cordae - Jul 11, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    are you serious??? you cant denounce someone elses reference……AND TURN AROUND AND USE THE SAME METHOD TO GET YOUR POINT ACROSS!!! Good or bad, you cant refer them to anyone else. And please tell me how do these “Egos” affect their skills on the court? They’re not ball hogs, they dont cry when nothing goes their way (like Kobe) and they make everyone else around them better (with the exception of bosh). And once again he did NOT QUIT! everyone keeps dodging these numbers he put up! Had he won with the same numbers you’d be all on his d*ck! what was he supposed to do? drop 50 in order to gain your respect? Did you NOT watch that game? Once again every single teammate passed him the ball as soon as they saw him! THATS WHY HIS SHOOTING PERCENTAGE WAS SO LOW!!! If anybody quit it was them! When s**t got rough they converted into this “Let LeBron work” attitude instead of being a factor themselves!

  12. hank in NC - Jul 11, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    who cares? Just show me some good ball.

  13. charles - Jul 12, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    Anyone that has been watching basketball for any length of time should know it takes more than one good player to win a championship in the NBA. Who was the major consist player(s) on the floor for the Cavaliers besides Lebron? and how many years have they spent bringing in players without getting any closer than the Finals and losing two or three years ago? If you are with an employer and not getting satisfaction will you stay there or move on? The crap people are dishing is just that.

  14. RET - Jul 12, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Its not relevant to real life but with all the problems in the world shouldn’t we be able to afford ourselves some small inane distraction, such as ” The Decision”, just to keep our sanity? Or should we all become miserable automatons constantly repeating to ourselves that “the world is screwed”… “the world is screwed”?
    Lighten up Ranj !!!Oh and if this stuff is so unimportant why are you reading it????

  15. joslyn - Jul 12, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    It is a business. This has nothing to do with basketball? Let me set it up this way. Three point for the player, a billion dollars for the network. Who has game? For me when a rapist is allow to go free and play basketball and make millions. For humanity sake and all women in general I don’t watch thugs and rapist. I now watch race cars and track.

  16. Jeanette - Jul 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Nicely put.

  17. beanie wells - Jul 12, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    hey eddie even with lebron you couldnt hang with ohiostate. Further more as long as rich rod is there the blue will still have losing records and will still b gitn beat by division II schools. Michigan will lose to Uconn and i my friend will laugh.

  18. beanie wells - Jul 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    the miami heat are not even the best team in florida let alone the east. orlando better boston better chicago better so lets not start handing rings out or division titles.

  19. C.J. - Jul 12, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    He said “they consider”. He doesn’t call it a betrayal. Personally, you think what you think. Free agents leave a lot, and sometimes it feels like betrayal. But this is a business.
    James has a right to leave just as much as anyone does by going from one job to another.

  20. david - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    no class? that’s funny, because artest, bryant, and the whole laker community is full of class….

  21. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:09 AM

    you hit the nail right on the head, what has this got to do with the real world.

  22. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:11 AM

    Then why are you reading it?

  23. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    The Knicks had nothing to entice James into signing with their team, nothing but money. Not a shred of a chance being a playoff team, much less a chance at playing for a championship. SO why are you not mad at James Dolan and Donny Walsh for tanking the last few seasons in the hopes of trying to land James this year?

  24. Anonymous - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:12 PM


  25. 12th moon - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Congratulations to Princess Lebron for winning his second straight NBA MVP Award just like Steve Nash. Now Princess Lebron can put his focus on winning a NBA Title with Wade and Bosh.
    Follow him on his journey to winning that elusive NBA title that eludes the true Kings of the NBA…(sarcasm)
    Lebron is hard at work on his next music video and will be premiered very soon. About his gay relationship with D Wade and Bosh is the real why they have teamed up for the Miami Heat.

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