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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 CBSSports.com 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.
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Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:43 am
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

Are you serious dude this isn't college, stripping titles in professional leagues will never happen, get over yourself.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:27 am
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

The Cavaliers won't fire tampering charges until the Heat wins the NBA trophy. The Cavaliers want to humiliate the Heat by having their title stripped away from them.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:05 am
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

We couldn't file any tampering complaints until after the draft! Duh!!! How else were we suppossed to get the number 1 pick.  Now we're trying to get the 2nd pick too.  C'mmon now it's all part of the deal in this crooked ass league



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:22 am
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

It's very clear to anybody who has an once of sense that Stern has made up with Gilbert by giving him the 1st pick in the draft. And now the league has just approved a three way deal so the Cavs have the 2nd pick too?? Wake up all you non-conspiracy believers. What more does Stern have to do??? Write you a hand written letter confessing he's rigged the lottery?? Wake up!!!



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:03 am
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

The NBA doesn't investigate a possible instance without a complaint.  I bet that in the LeBron case they actually did, just because he was so high profile.  They came to the same conclusion Gilbert did after hiring the law firm....nada.  



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:52 am
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

i mean come on..



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:51 am
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

You guys reallly think the NBA rigged the draft lottery and gave the cavs out of CLEVELAND OHIO the number one pick? What are you. stupid?  If there was any tampering at all, it would be for a large market team. Boston, L.A, Miami, New york, i mean  



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

Several years ago, before the Tim Donaghy scandal, a friend of mine told me a story.  He has a gambling problem and was attending Gamblers Anonymous meetings at the time, and one of the guys in his group was a former NBA ref.

According to my friend, the ex-ref confessed that he had routinely bet on games while working as a ref and that it was commonplace among NBA officials.

The guy who told me this is a good friend who I've known for over 20 years.  He's always been a straight shooter and I never had any reason to doubt his story.  Since he told me that story I've always watched NBA games with a suspicious eye - and that was BEFORE the Donaghy scandal broke.




Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

lol



Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

I think Stern is the problem.  he has to go.  He's been the commissioner for 30 years. 


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