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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: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:01 pm
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Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:19 pm

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

Yep seems funny the Cavs got the number 1 Pick  ,  this league is now run like the WWE and it's champions now deserve the same reckonision that a WWE champion gets ,  until the officating gets even and respectable instead of a 3 to 1 advantage for 1 team every night if you took away  dwayne wade's free throws he would be lucky to get 20 ponts a night

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:12 pm

Source: No tampering complaint from Cavs yet

Cavs getting 1st overall pick = Tampering compensation

Gilbert won't file a complaint 

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