Sep 20, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT
When LeBron James announced his decision, Dan Gilbert lashed out.
It was an emotional response, a public letter that called James decision a “cowardly betrayal” and insulted James. It earned Gilbert a $100,000 fine and a rebuke from David Stern.
Gilbert now says he has moved on. So the Detroit Free Press asked him if he had any regrets.
“No, not really,” Gilbert said. “I just expressed what the Cleveland people were feeling. Unless you’re from Cleveland and experienced what they have experienced since 1964, it’s hard for the rest of the country to grasp.”
This echoes what we’ve said about the letter from the start — it played well with the Cavaliers core fans. Clevelanders loved it, and the good will generated was well worth the fines. Gilbert spoke for a fan base.
So now it’s on from the big words to see if Gilbert can help rebuild his team. No angry letters can do that.
- Report: Kyrie Irving likely not back opening night, could be out until January 2
- Legendary Sixer, backboard-shattering dunker Darryl Dawkins dies at 58 7
- After Rio Olympics next summer, who takes over at Team USA coach? 3
- Kobe, Shaq discuss regrets over feud that ended their Lakers era 44
- NBA fines Clippers for attempting to circumvent salary cap with DeAndre Jordan 10
- The most overlooked – and maybe most significant – reason Carmelo Anthony won’t waive his no-trade clause this season 17
- Phil Jackson is optimistic about Knicks coming season, except the start 7
- Report: Lakers considering bringing back Metta World Peace 33