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Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:43 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 9:48 pm

MIAMI -- In addressing the media 45 minutes before tipoff of LeBron James' first NBA Finals game with the Heat Tuesday night, commissioner David Stern is prepared for an abundance of labor questions and also, an inquiry that has particular relevance to this series: What happened to the Cleveland Cavaliers' plans to investigate possible tampering charges related to James' decision to sign with Miami?

There isn't much to address yet, according to a person with detailed knowledge of league operations who told that no formal complaint has been filed.

"The answer is no," the person said.

In his annual pre-Finals media address Tuesday night, Stern said he has not received any correspondence from the Cavs or their legal representatives. Asked after his Q&A with reporters before Game 1 if he considers the matter closed, Stern said, "It was never open."

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declined to comment Tuesday night on his team's ongoing legal probe.

In December, Yahoo! Sports reported that Gilbert had hired a law firm to build a possible tampering case against Miami, which signed James and Chris Bosh as free agents to pair with Dwyane Wade last July. The fruits of LeBron's decision are on full display, with the Heat advancing to the Finals against the Mavericks after running through the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the 76ers, Celtics and Bulls.

At the time, Gilbert was incensed by meetings that involved high-level representatives of James and Wade in Chicago last June, when they were still under contract with their teams. Also, published reports indicated that James was involved in a meeting with Heat president Pat Riley and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan last November during a Cavs trip to Miami. That report came from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which also reported in July that Wade and Bosh flew to Akron to meet with James at his home a month earlier -- before the beginning of free agency July 1.

Stern has previously defended players' rights to discuss future plans among themselves, but stated during a playoff appearance in Philadelphia last month, "If there was tampering that someone could prove, that would make my blood boil.”  
The NBA does not investigate possible instances of tampering without a formal complaint from a team.

Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:19 pm

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

You should keep your pie hole shut if you dont know what you are talking about. Cavs owner cheap? The Cavs had one of the highest payrolls in the NBA. They were way over the cap and kept spending to keep MeBron happy... and what did he do in return? He gave up on his team and quit on them in the playoffs.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:55 pm

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We as Cavs fans HAVE to get over it. Let's face it he moved on, and we should've move on. It's over. I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and my 6 year old who loves Lebron, looks at me and tells me that he still loves me even though we live in California.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:49 pm

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Seriously? Didn't get him the help he needed? Did he and his posse not sign off on the free agents the Cavs brought in? Did I miss the headline stating that Lebron had asked Gilbert to get him Amare Stoudemire and Deron Williams? This is a stench filled deal cooked up by Bron-Bron and Riley under the nose of the rest of the league. Kudos to them for screwing the rest of the league that's trying to play by rules (Danny Ainge beat the system too, so maybe Riley isn't a pioneer here, although Allen and Garnett were old). But I say if it can be proven that deals were agreed to when all these tools were under binding contracts, that they negotiated and agreed to, then let the fury of Stern loose on them. Exhibit A should be Bosh and James tank jobs after their summit at the 2010 All-Star game.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:38 pm

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Just as Carson Palmer he wants to reach championships the current team cannot accomplish so he took his ball and went home (to Miami)!

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:35 am

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Absolutely right.  You can not regulate what players do on their own time.  Who they speak with, and what they discuss.  -Just ask Jim Tressel!   But just, the same, if their representatives started discussions with the Heat over how they could sign and bring their talents together, you have tamperring.  If the players, knowingly, allowed those discussions, and were knowledgeable of what was going on in those discussions, then they are liable as well.  -Just ask Jim Tressel. 

Therefore, LeBron, Wade, and Bosh should all resign.  That is intended to be facetious.  These players made an impact of millions, not only on themsselves, but on the economy in Cleveland.  The guys Tressel got dragged down by, are in the few hundred, to thousand range, and have no impact on the economy of Columbus. 

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:26 am

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I couldn't care less what James did or not do. The troubling part of this is that on the day that he signed, Bosh and Wade also anounced that they were on board. Dosen't it seem funny that they all sign the same day? It should be apparent that all three were already signed when LeBron made his "Decision." That means that there had to be some kind of colusion going on.

Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:56 am

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The players can talk amongst themselves, but they aren't allowed to talk to team personel.  How could you possibly stop or even regulate what players say to each other?

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:45 am

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What, exactly, is the difference between tampering and "players' rights to discuss future plans among themselves"?

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:43 am

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What a worthless piece of crap this Berger is. Who writes an article that a tampering charge hasn't happened? It's just another example of a guy licking LeBron James' sweaty balls by writing a hit piece on the Cavaliers in an effort to embarrass Cleveland further.

What's next? Al Gore hasn't sued Bush for the presidency yet? Or maybe, the Indiana Pacers haven't sued over the Patrick Ewing lottery yet?

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:26 am

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

Get real guys, who cares. The Yankees and Bosox have already shown us that you can't buy championships you have to be good. Let Gilbert and Cavs fans soak in it  and leave Lebron alone. Dam, he fulfilled his contract legally and gave the Cavs 7 yrs. Why hate if the man wants to win and ownership is too cheap to give him the help he needed. Celts did same thing with their 'Big Three' but no one says anything on that. The Heat are a great team period.

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