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Oh, good. Dan Gilbert is one of the “hawk” lockout leaders. Great.

Sep 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

Dan Gilbert

On Friday, ESPN broke down the positions of the 30 owners in the NBA, and where they stand on both revenue sharing and whether they are a “hawk” or a “dove” in terms of missing the season to get a CBA in strong support of the owners. There’s a lot of really interesting information in the piece, including word that Clay Bennett has made the Thunder so profitable they would be payers in a revenue sharing system (which as Abbott notes, is a pretty extreme condemnation of how the other owners run their teams considering OKC’s market). But the thing that caught my eye was this.

(Dan) Gilbert is said to be a very strong hawk, and even willing to miss the season. Missing what is slated to be a rotten season on the court is palatable and getting closer to the end of Baron Davis‘ deal would be a blessing. Also, keeping LeBron James and the Heat from any chance of winning the 2012 title would be OK.

via NBA owners’ bargaining positions – TrueHoop Blog – ESPN.

This from the guy who OK’d deals which brought in Ben Wallace and Wally Szczerbiak. This from the guy who threw out money for Antawn Jamison. This from the guy who loves the comic sans. This from the guy who lost his biggest asset in free agency, to the point said asset didn’t even call him before he announced it on live television. Sure, that asset is a jerk for the way he handled it, but from a business standpoint, you have to manage your assets.

At some point one would think the owners would start looking to each other and seeing if the problem is really the system or the decision makers that make up the room. But they never question each other, so that won’t happen. It’s just strange that Gilbert would be willing to hurt fans this badly after they stuck with the team through LeBron’s departure and last season’s debacle.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    One might argue that not having an NBA season would actually be a good thing for the fans of the Cavs.

  2. rhercik - Sep 10, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    The NBA is run by a bunch of whiny overpaid babies. Dan Gilbert is just trying to stick it to the King Baby.

  3. dbick - Sep 10, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    To be fair when he made those moves analysts and people everywhere were pegging them as the moves that would get Lebron and co. over the hump, only in retrospect are they viewed as terrible. But either way it’s shitty he’s down to miss the season.

  4. ozzie82 - Sep 10, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    We (Cleveland fans) won’t feel punished by a missed season. The season promises to be a struggle as new talent takes over and we wait for old talent to leave (B. Davis, Jamison). Best case scenario is a lost season and another high pick. Plus, the traitorous one will go another year without winning.

    Gilbert’s letter may have been stupid from a national perspective, but he was just saying what Cleveland fans were thinking. There are worse things than having an owner who is willing to lose money and sticks up for his fan base.

  5. secdominance - Sep 10, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    I think you’re a jerk for being so worked up about a player you don’t know

  6. trbowman - Sep 11, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    Yes, things suck for the Cavaliers, don’t screw the rest of the league over.

  7. financetude - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    What a ridiculous article. It’s obvious this site has a man crush on lequit and hates the Cavs owner, but this article jumps all over Gilbert for a comment made by ESPN. Seriously! ESPN is losing credibility on a daily basis and you take their words and use them to chastise Gilbert? Puts your credibility in the toilet with theirs.

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