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Cavs owner Gilbert says he regrets guaranteeing titles. You don’t say.

Oct 30, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

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All too often in life, we are the last ones to come to the realizations that everyone else around us figured out a long time ago. Like that girl we were dating was essentially Linda Blair from the Exorcist. Or we really shouldn’t have let our frustrations lead us to saying something stupid in public.

Meet Dan Gilbert. Billionaire owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

You remember him, the guy who handled LeBron James leaving the Cavaliers for Miami with all the grace and tact of a Desperate Housewife of New Jersey. He promised his rebuilding Cavaliers would win a title before LeBron and the Heat.

Dan, how’d that work out for you? From the Associated Press.

“Looking back now, that probably was not the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Gilbert said Tuesday.

No. You don’t say.

“If you’re going to predict something that doesn’t happen and you’re going to do it publicly, you’d for sure take it back,” Gilbert said. “When that happened when they won, it was the end of the end of the end of that whole thing. Now there’s nothing more to talk about. In a way it was like a little bit of a relief. If they didn’t win it, it would’ve been still another thing of who’s going to win it (first).”

Gilbert is lucky because out of the disaster he landed Kyrie Irving — a young superstar point guard the Cavaliers can build around. Did you learn anything from this, Dan.?

“The key thing, whoever you are and wherever you are, you can not wait,” Gilbert said. “The big lesson was if a player is not willing to extend, no matter who they are, no matter where they are playing, no matter what kind of season you had, you can not risk going into a summer and having them leave in unrestricted free agency and get nothing back for it.

“It’s not the player’s fault. That’s on ownership. Had we done that, the whole thing would have been crafted as I’m sure the player or whoever would have said, `Of course I would have stayed. You guys screwed up and ruined the whole franchise.’ You’re in a no-win situation.”

That’s one lesson. Another one could be that you need to not let the player have the run of the franchise and make sure you have a GM in place that understands how to build a team around said player not just desperately slap parts up and hope they stick. That could be something to remember going forward. Just a suggestion.

  1. mhtip - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    “It’s not the player’s fault.”

    How is this not the headline?

    That Dan Gilbert, billionaire asshat leader of the charge against LeBron James (and LeBron James Decision), conceding that James did what anybody in his spot would do — leave.

    Further, that the city’s woes — including but not limited to billions in losses to Cleveland’s microeconomy — don’t fall on the guy who, again, did what players do, but the billionaire asshat owner didn’t hedge against that possibility.

    Just a thought.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      The Cavs had the best record in the league during LeBron’s last year in Cleveland. They had a legitimate chance to win the championship. And Gilbert thinks it was a mistake not to trade him. Imagine Cleveland, heading to the playoffs as the #1 seed, trading LeBron for Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Ray Felton, Timofey Mozgov, a 1st pick, two 2nd picks, and $3mil. You want to talk about Cleveland fans rioting in the streets?

  2. 00maltliquor - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Biggest douchebag ever.

  3. coldyron - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    The guy was mad, we all make mistakes when we aren’t thinking straight. Almost every article you publish has errors in it, no one calls you out for them years later (until now I guess).

  4. ron05342 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Total buffoon.

  5. kvvvv2391 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Did he write these comments in crayon…?

  6. jjordannba - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Dan Gilbert: “In a way it was like a little bit of a relief. If they didn’t win it, it would’ve been still another thing of who’s going to win it (first).”
    Uhh no Dan I dont think anybody was wondering who was going to win it first between the Heat and Cavs. That’s never even been a legitimate discussion

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Can you believe LeBron didn’t want to play for this guy?

  8. tampajoey - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Kurt should just change the name of this site to LebronTalk.com and get it over with. Then the site logo could be a picture of Kurt’s lips planted squarely on Lebron’s black butt cheeks.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      THERE YOU ARE!!!!

      How was your summer?

  9. rickyspanish - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    tampajoey

    Good stuff, that got me chuckling.

  10. chicagofan - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    “The key thing, whoever you are and wherever you are, you can not wait,” Gilbert said. “The big lesson was if a player is not willing to extend, no matter who they are, no matter where they are playing, no matter what kind of season you had, you can not risk going into a summer and having them leave in unrestricted free agency and get nothing back for it.”

    No sh– Sherlock, If he had figured this out sooner, like when Lebron was not returning his text messages etc, he could have saved himself a lot of embarassment and gotten some good players for the Cavaliers. I would have shipped his ass to Toronto or Minnesota for whatever I could get before letting him walk away and then whinning about it.

    • southbeachtalent - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Nahhh, better to let him go to the Heat and own the East. Sorry, maybe Boozer and Noah can carry you guys all the way to the 1st round. Hey on the bright side maybe you’ll repeat as regular season champs!!

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