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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 .)



Comments

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:07 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

I unfortunately worked for his company for six months and this is typical Lil' Dan behavior.  Quicken Loans is shall we say an "experience" and everything comes from the top.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 9:04 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

OK, so he said what everyone else was thinking but it begs a question:  if Lebron was such a quitter and now is the time to "expose him" why then was Gilbert willing to pay him 120M?  I have a feeling that "King", "Legend", and "Champion" would have been the words Lil' Dan would have flung around if he kept his prized star.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:59 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

I really can't believe a owner of a profession sports team would write such a "bush league" letter. I guess this is in response to the fact the Cavs value has been cut in half. Gilbert needs to look in the mirror about loyalty. How can you fire a coach who won 60 games back to back, and took his team the NBA Championship?




Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:58 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

My first issue with this is that Lebron wanted to be like Jordan. Lebron quit in the playoffs and now he goes to the Heat to ride b--itch for D. Wade & Co. In essence, Lebron is D. Wade's Scottie Pippen... How is that for a legacy... How can anyone riding b--itch claim to be the King? Queen James? Court Jester?

 

My second issue with this supports Gilbert (sort of- since it was his own doing), Lebron had a lot of say in who the team picked up before the 2009/10 season. For a team engineered to help Lebron, the end result caused Brown to be fired, Ferry forced out, and Gilbert/ the city of Cleveland holding the bag. With this economy, I wonder if Cleveland is entering the dark ages with all three of its professional teams struggling, will all three be there in a 2-4 of years?

 

My last issue is with the dog and pony road show. I believe the Cavs organization tried to give Lebron everything he wanted. The road show prevented the Cavs from making a stronger effort in the free agency market. Both Lebron & the Cavs benefitted the last seven years, to end it like that was disrespectful. The whole show last night gave me a feeling as if it was a high school kid signing a letter of intent. The only thing missing was the three hats.

 

Rumor has it that Delonte West gets to stay with Cleveland. I wonder if Lebron will ever get to call him dad????




Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:36 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

exactly



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:33 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Indeed! what a joke the nba is... this is the epitomy of what is wrong with today's "athlete" and what a perfect example of what kind of garbage message the nba and this sellout sends to todays youth (forget about loyalty, go with greed!). and speaking of youth, did lebron even graduate from high school? does he even know how to read or does he "ax" everybody to do this for him? now he won't have to "ax" he can just give them his account numbers because Lord knows he won't know how to use them... Can't wait to follow this clowns lifeline now... i'm sure spike lee will "look out" for him... hahahahaha!!!



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:30 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Indeed! what a joke the nba is... this is the epitomy of what is wrong with today's "athlete" and what a perfect example of what kind of garbage message the nba and this sellout sends to todays youth (forget about loyalty, go with greed!). and speaking of youth, did lebron even graduate from high school? does he even know how to read or does he "ax" everybody to do this for him? now he won't have to "ax" he can just give them his account numbers because Lord knows he won't know how to use them... Can't wait to follow this clowns lifeline now... i'm sure spike lee will "look out" for him... hahahahaha!!!



Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:27 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Regarding the letter Gilbert wrote.....whatever. There are obvisouly a lot of "unknowns" which us, the general public, have no idea about what went on internally.(LBJ's Posse, who is Really making personnal decisions, who wanted the head coach fired/not fired, etc...)

I will say this:

1. It sure looked like LeBron quit in this years and last years playoffs. These are the times in basketball where the stud, the leader and best player, takes the reigns and wills his team to victory....by leading the way. That he had his worst game in game 5 when their season was on the line, well, that was one heck of a clunker. I can't imagine Kobe or MJ going out like that.....and let's not even talk about th left handed free throw.

2. That LBJ will never be "the king" in Miami. As another poster wrote, he can only be what A-Rod is to Jeter......couldn't win without him. This will definitely tarnish his legacy....heavily.  

3. None of us posting here can imagine what it is like to be the golden boy hero in a depressed region of this country, like Cleveland. This is Art Modell round II to a lot of these fans. Actually, it's worse, Modell was from NY at least so he had no direct ties to the community. Right or wrong, that is how these fans feel: that their hometown hero deserted them. This will lead to a host of stupid actions and comments in the weeks to come (but burning jerseys....really people, c'mon, that is just pathetic!).

4. That his relationship with this team and this town was substantial and he very well knew it. If he was going to create this spectical he could have given a call to the person who paid him millions and millions of dollars and let him have more control of that business then he ever should have had (Regardless if he packed the Quiken Loans arena...that is called using your talent and doing your job...and Gilbert and crew gave him the keys to the castle in return for it) and thanked him for ride, even if it didn't end with a championship. Again, I don't know the entirety of this relationship, but a little common decency can go a long way.

5. This was all a set up; a marketing campaign for LBJ, Wade & Bosh. If you believe the LBJ didn't make up his mind until "This Morning", well then, I have some great ocean front property in Iowa to sell to you also. That is what I believe Gilbert and so many Cavs fans are upset about. They feel duped; that LBJ kept them hanging on the ledge promising that they he very well might come back......when that was never the truth.....they never had a chance.  

6. This is all about the money, even if the trio do not have max money contracts when they wind up signing on the bottom line in the days to come. Referring to the point above, this was a set up. They know that they can generate even more dollars through acts like this television spectical (part I of a thousand part series) and then parlait it with sponsers galore, making them more money at then end of the day then their contracts would have in the first place. It's just another ruse when they will state that it was all about winning; look, we didn't even take max contracts.....there is more than one way to skin a cat.






Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:20 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

i was never a fan of lebron and how he handled himself but after reading what the owner said the cavs should be ashamed of their selves. This guy gave 7 of the best yrs in history to the city and tried to win a title but couldnt. I think i was disrespectful of the cavs to call him out like that after everything he has given him. I have lost all respect to the cavs and am growning more fond of james's desicison to go to the heat. he did the right think because maybe the heat can have more respect for him. anyways though lakers still got this!!!



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:20 am
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

If Gilbert is so outraged with James' decision, then why doesn't he take down the LeBron jerseys he's selling on his website?


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