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Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 11:42 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted a letter to Cavs fans regarding LeBron James on the team's website tonight, and it is truly shocking. In the letter, Gilbert lays into James (passively aggressively, never once using the word "LeBron" and using "James" only once) for what he refers to as a "cowardly betrayal. " He talks about the ridiculous spectacle of James' television special. He tells Cleveland fans they deserve more than the betrayal they received.

And then the kicker.

You see, he wrote in Comic Sans so that you would know he's serious.

Gilbert's letter is clearly an emotional reaction an emotional situation. The franchise, who they had specifically built the entire organization around, has left them. But to paint James' departure as a cowardly betrayal is a bit much. Danny Ferry had years to build a championship organization around the best player in basketball, and instead always opted for the safe way out. The easy route. The compromise value deal. Acquiring players like Wally Szczerbiak and Ben Wallace and even Antawn Jamison were safe moves that involved no real risk and yet never capitalized on the big move. Meanwhile, James saw the Lakers and Celtics win championships with all out moves to surround their best players with top tier talent.

Gilbert has taken control of his own message, and it's clear. LeBron James is dead to the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland as far as he's concerned. James may not have wanted to burn bridges in his hometown, but tomorrow, he'll wake up and smell the smoke.

That part of his life is over. Forever.

(Read the full letter from Gilbert here .)


Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:37 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Cleveland just got an enema.

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:29 am

Now a James fan every four years....

....unless he quits on the Olympic team too. Hey Gilbert, Cleveland just became my second favorite team! I want to wear your jersey!

Since: May 11, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:25 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Dan Gilbert just spent $20 million on an office complex to move his main offices of his Quicken Loans business to Cleveland. He spent $25 million on the Cavs new practice facilities in Cleveland. He will be spending an undisclosed amount on the casino he was awarded in Cleveland. I doubt he would move his basketball team away from his other business interests.

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:15 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

I have to say, I agree with you.  These days of lots of training and coaching by PR people on how to act towards the media, it has become rare to see anyone really say what is on their mind.  That is why people love Mark Cuban.  He pays his fine and does what he wants in support of the team and game he loves.
Dan Gilbert is clearly a fan.  He is angry, like many other Cleveland fans are. I say kudos to him for saying what is on his mind instead of being politically correct like my hometown Knicks' management.  I do hope (albeit sooo unlikely) that Cleveland wins the title before LeBron does.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:59 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Those fans did not burn Lebrons jersey! They simply turned it into a Heat jersey!

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:56 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Just as a man is about to lose his wife, he has to try anything possible to keep her from leaving. Let’s use Koby Bryant as an example. The guy admits to committing adultery so what does he do? He goes out and buys her a ridiculous ring worth mucho money, which satisfies her enough to stay with him.


Here is another example using the Boston Celtics, who everyone after game seven said they were all done and Pierce was going to Opt out of his contract and leave, what did the Celtics ownership do? 1, Talked Rivers out of retiring 2. Pierce opts out of the last year of his contract for 21 million and resigns with the team for less money so they may obtain players. 3. Allen resigns for 2 years. 4. Just yesterday signed Jermaine O’Neil and 5. Now seeing all this Wallace is thinking about not retiring and coming back.


Now let’s ask ourselves, what did the Cavaliers do in order to keep James? Have a few “Please stay Lebron parties”? Give him the key to the city? Make a few signs? That’s not what Lebron was looking for. It wasn’t about loyalty to him it was about loyalty towards winning a Championship! Bulls signed Boozer, Heat resigned Wade and signed Bosh and the Knicks signed Stoudemire, the Cavaliers signed absolutely NO ONE!


Mr. Gilbert you shouldn’t blame Lebron for not being loyal to you and your fans or the city from which he grew up in. Instead blame yourself for your lack in desire of winning a Championship and your lack of effort towards acquiring free agents who would of helped Lebron James and his desire to win a Championship and hold that NBA trophy. Mr. Gilbert didn’t have that same desire for the NBA  Championship trophy because Lebron James was his prized trophy. Let me finish my point with a question, Mr. Gilbert, Where is your prize trophy now?


As a Boston fan my apologies go out to the fans of Cleveland, some of the best fans in the world! They do not deserve to pay the price of heartbreak because of bad team management.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:51 am

Karma is a real witch, huh Dannyboy?

So, little Danny Gilbert is in a real snit because his star player, whom he built his teams future around, has left him for greener pastures.  Sort of like the way Dan Gilbert took his Quicken Loans company out of the city of Livonia and moved to the city of Detroit.  The major difference is, the people of the city of Livonia have far more class than that arrogant little twit Gilbert, which is why nobody from Livonia wrote any highly publicized letters criticizing Gilbert or his company for being disloyal to the city that helped his mortgage business grow and become so profitable.<br /><br />So now, the shoe is on the other foot, and Gilbert doesn't like the way it feels.  Well boo hoo. Dannyboy.  You never won a championship, you couldn't get Tom Izzo, you couldn't keep LeBron, and Forbes just lowered the value of the Cavaliers by over $100 million.  Don't worry; you still have your army of commission salespeople selling sub-prime mortgages to people trying to buy houses they can't afford.  Unless David Hall steals away your top talent.

Since: May 11, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:46 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

If Lebron wanted to leave, he could leave. Cleveland fans are upset in the way he did so. Did he really have to go on national tv so the the world could watch him give us the finger? We brushed aside him sitting at Jacobs Field cheering for the Yankees in the playoffs. We ignored the fact he requested sideline passes to a Browns game so he could stand by the Cowboys. He could be an arrogant jerk, but he was our arrogant jerk, and we loved him. He has the words family and loyalty tattooed on his body. His fans here know the meaning of these words. We just wish he did.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:46 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

I do feel bad for cleveland, but at the same time they had seven years to put a championship team
around him and did not do it.  Why would you stay with a team that is not going to give you the best
chance at winning.  Sorry Danny Boy but this is on your shoulders.  Maybe if you stayed on the sidelines
and kept your mouth shut and opened up the check book a little more you could have kept your boy.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:31 am

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

he did a lot for the city in the years, GRANTED.  BUT BUT BUT  It is like a guy that sees a prettier girl and then decides to go on prime time television that he is met this girl and is breaking up with you.

There are many ways to leave.  This was the rudest most in your face way imaginable.  If you are a Cleveland fan  , you buy all this stuff invest your hopes in a man to publically flip you off in an in your face wway, well, the reaction is understandable.

People who defend him just do not really care about class and doing it a certain way.  If class and character matter to you, you are offended.  If that does not matter, you are fine with it.

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