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LeBron James says he has not reached out to Dan Gilbert

Feb 18, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

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Remember when our Blogger-in-Chief Kurt Helin was like:

LeBron is going to be a member of the Heat for years. He can’t predict what will be happening in his life and the NBA five years from now no more than you or me or anyone else can. So he tried to leave a door open.

Can we move on now?

via LeBron happy in Miami, was “truthful” about Cleveland | ProBasketballTalk.

Yeah, no, we can’t move on, now. After LeBron James said earlier in the week he’d be open to an eventual return to the Cavs, a report surfaced from Yahoo! Sports that James tried contacting Dan Gilbert to try and mend some fences. Later Friday, James shut down that talk on record:

James didn’t deny he was happy to hear potential for a warm reception from the fans who once cheered for him.

He did, however, deny a Yahoo! Sports report earlier in the day that said his camp has reached out to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to express interest in someday returning to Cleveland.

“That’s not true,” James said. “Not true at all.”

James deftly avoided two questions about whether he wanted to repair his fractured relationship with Gilbert.

But he did find a way to express his appreciation for the Cleveland fans he still, clearly, wants to win over.

via LeBron James believes fans’ animosity in Cleveland, around NBA is beginning to thaw |

So now a one-day story is a three-day story and it may go further. Whee! Just when the spotlight had left James for a second with Jeremy Lin, he makes sure to get it back.

If you want to have fun with this story, try and track down the agendas of those involved. Because very side in this has a very specific set of motivations driving it.

So to recap, James would be open to playing for the Cavs again, but has not reached out to Dan Gilbert who has openly bashed him and who James has said he’s not OK with in the past. He’s not going to leave Miami any time soon, but left the door open just in case.

I keep thinking there will eventually be an end to the Decision news cycle. And I’m always wrong. It’s going to exist forever. Even after he retires, we’ll be talking and writing about its effects.


  1. berbes - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    but but but…if labone leaves for cleveland, will kurt get the miami bungalow? men.

  2. breezega - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Must be a slow Jeremy Lin news day.

  3. kandh2004 - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Matt I hope you liked writing here as this maybe you last blog about anything Kurt is not gonna like you talking about Bron Bron like this. Thank God you didn’t put anything about Kobe in there as his head might have just exploded. I think also Kurt gets the bungalow but not sure who gets custody if Bosh.

    • berbes - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      he’d be a fool not to get a DNA test before ponying up any change :).

  4. bearsstillsuck - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    My question is why? It’s like he broke up with his girlfriend, but then realized his new girlfriend (while hotter) isn’t as good as his old one.

  5. redstar504 - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Why would James reach out to Gilbert? The guy trashed him with a letter written in comic sands.

    On a serious note I wish LeBron would just go out there and be LeBron and stop trying to make the whole world like him. Don’t think for a second that he didn’t put that out there at that specific moment in time so he would get a couple more cheers in Quicken Loans Arena vs. getting all boos.

    Stop worrying about what everyone thinks and just focus on your game.

    • khuxford - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      You know what makes it obvious that you don’t even realize why you’re clowning Gilbert for the font he used? Because you can’t spell the font he used.

  6. philtration - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Gilbert probably dunked on him once.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Has LeBron taken a dump today? We need a PBT update.

  8. goforthanddie - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Wouldn’t that amount to tampering? Gilbert can’t speak to a contracted player on another team about future employment. Someone in leb’s posse knows that, yet leb stupidly speaks of it.

  9. sgm405 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    C’mon now…I’m not saying it’s true, but did you really expect LeBron to come out and admit it if it was? Owning up to his crew illegally contacting another team?

  10. atondatrack - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    To whom this may concern, Cleveland is probably better off without lebron. He did his job which was to compete and play hard for 7years strong, lead us to multiple playoffs appearances and kept us in the national media headlines of the sports world. However we can never forget the circus that he he created when it was time to enter free agency. “GAME 5” against Boston and “The Decision” ruined he legacy for ever. We has Ohioans felt great when lebron was here, we felt like we was apart of something special, something that every fan and sports town wanted a Home Town Hero!! we thought that lebron understood how important it was to bring a championship to Cleveland, that’s the allure of his legacy, which was, that he had a chance to do something no one has ever done before was win, somewhere where all doubters thought it couldn’t be done. That’s what would have defined the name “The Chosen One” “The King” message to lebron win 1234567 titles Miami, it won’t amount to just winning one in your Home. Legend are defined by there legacy not there “brand”. This is the new era of Kryrie Irving, don’t interrupt that by being selfish.

  11. 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    If ‘Bron reaches out to Gilbert, it definatly better be a backhand slap to the chops for the way he publicly destroyed him via twitter!

  12. damp1015 - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    Who cares whether Lebron would go back to the Cavs let alone make amends with Gilbert. What really matters would be that he wins some rings like he said he would and alot of us expect. Whether you want to bash him or not, he’s clearly the best player in the NBA right now, sorry Kobe fans it is true.

    And to set the record straight, I’m not a Heat fan, I’m speaking on it for reals.

    New York Knickerbockers repping!!!

  13. kandh2004 - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    Bron Bron is not winning multiple rings just cause he can’t get his head straight. As car as saying anything about the Knicks please let the savior play at least 10 games before he is the next Jordan

  14. africanballer - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    here we go again

  15. AlohaMrHand - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Dear Dan,
    how’d you like that asskicking ?


    PS How’s that title guarantee workin out for you?

  16. asublimeday - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I dislike lebron more every day. He’s delusional if he thinks people are warming up to him

  17. atondatrack - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Blah blah

  18. david8726 - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I’m not sure how much I buy the validity of this story.

    We don’t have any idea who the “sources” for this story are. For all we know, the sources could be people with Cleveland, putting this out there because they know it’s going to stir the pot and get people mad at LeBron.

    The man writing the story, Adrian Wojnarowski, is a good reporter. However, it’s no secret that he’s not a LeBron fan and has written more than his share of overly negative stories about the guy. So of course he makes the perfect mouth piece for any source who’d like to put out some negativity about LeBron.

    On the other hand, this could all be completely true and LeBron is an idiot.

    Take everything with a grain of salt, I guess.

  19. maddogg911 - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Lebron will never play for the cavs again. This is just another PR move by james.

  20. max20characters - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Gilbert needs to stop being such a bitch and let players decide their future.

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