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Dan Gilbert has no regrets

Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:42 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 1:35 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Post-Decision, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been pretty quiet sans one Comic Sans outburst. But since Gilbert ranted on LeBron's choice to go to Miami, we haven't heard much of anything from him. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer did a Q&A with Gilbert and asked him if he had any regrets, about, you know.
My letter was to the fans and supporters of Cleveland. People get a little confused because they think it was a general statement to the world or even to LeBron or to whoever. It really was to the fans and supporters of Cleveland, and I wanted to make sure they knew where I stood and where the franchise stood and how we felt, which apparently was pretty similar to the way they were feeling. No, we don't have any regrets. We're looking forward to the future and we're focused on the future and all that other stuff, but I don't really think about it in that way.
No regrets Gilbert says. And he tries to make the point the letter was just to fans and supports of Cleveland. But the reality is, everybody read it. I can write a love letter dedicated to my dog only intended for my dog to see, but if I post it on the Internet, everybody can see it. And everybody can see that I might be a little crazy.

Gilbert's letter definitely won him some points at the time with his Cleveland fanbase. They were upset, he was upset and his letter expressed everyone's feelings. And it came from the big leader which I'm sure fired up Cavs supporters. But in the long run, it might not have been a great idea. Prior to the letter, probably seven out of 10 NBA fans wouldn't have known who Gilbert was. Now everyone does, down to people that don't even care about the league. And their perception of Gilbert and the Cavs isn't a great one.

Gilbert may have accomplished what he wanted to with the letter and good for him not living with regrets, but if he had it to do over, at least maybe he would've picked a different font.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2010 1:42 pm

Dan Gilbert has no regrets

Did anyone really expect Dan Gilbert to have regrets?  He has no idea how badly he has hurt his own franchise.  He only knows how badly Lebron hurt his pockets.  I'm not sure he cared about Cavs like their fans do.  To him it is a business to make money.  Well, from a business perspective, you will regret it.  Cause the odds of you having any star player similar to Lebron want to stay is slim to none.  Unlike Lebron, they won't sign a second time..they will get outta dodge as fast as possible.  It will probably take tons of time just to get a contract signed.  And if Stern wants contradiction and it goes through, expect the Cavs to become an elite D-League Team and nothing more.  Maybe an NBA Arena League?

The Cavs fans are upset Lebron left and showed displays of how upset they were.  But few took awful shots at Lebron like Gilbert did; esp dishonest ones.  And that is what is going to cost the Cavs franchise and in essence its fans.  So if Gilbert was smart, he'd be upset with his tirade and have tons of regrets.

But as I suspected, Gilbert is a moron.

It is a shame the fans are the ones to suffer the consequences.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2010 10:15 am

Dan Gilbert has no regrets

message boards are mostly for people to complain. you're not going to hear a lot of positive stuff, so that's not an accurate way to get an impression.

i can't speak for everyone else in the city, but i'd like to not hear about him all the time. ESPN is almost all LBJ all day. thank God it's still football season. once that's over, we will be forced to hear what he had for breakfast.

personally, i don't like the way he left, but i am over that. my biggest problem with him was, in his last games in a Cavs uni, he quit on the team. had he stayed, i'd been happy he was here, but still blasting him for quiting. (he's still a top 5 player, you have to be glad to have one) MJ never quit. neither did Doc, Bird, Majic, etc etc. randy moss quit, but that's another sport.

so, while it sucked that he led us to believe he'd stay, then broke our hearts on nation TV, i'm am fine with his choice. it's his life. maybe i wouldn't have made it, but he has to live with it.

and i wish i could say otherwise, but they will be winning multiple rings there.

damn, that sucks.

in the meantime, we'll wait til next year, again.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2010 8:55 am

Dan Gilbert has no regrets

This comment if full of false statements.  Gilbert spoke openly about moving to Detroit before his decision was made and even from this MI living in Florida, I knew he was going to do it well before the official announcement.  Then they slowly made the move out of thier offices to downtown Detroit in an effort to boost a region that will benefit his company and the region for a long time.  Livonia is and will be a thriving suburb with or without Quicken HQ.  Plus, the parallel you make is way off, he didn't go on national TV to announce it without ever consulting the cities involved to self promote the move.

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2010 5:55 am

Dan Gilbert has no regrets

Personally I can't stand Lebron.  That being said, I'd still prefer Lebron to Dan Gilbert.  Gilbert is nothing but a money hungry arrogant @$$.  What he did with "the letter" was even more classless than Lebron's decision.  You're a sports owner.  Try showing some class and not acting like a 4 year old brat.  It was a pure publicity stunt.  He was just ruffled because his team lost a lot of value with its superstar jetting off to Miami.  I hear ticket prices haven't went down either since Lebron left...really cares about the fans.  Yeah right.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:58 am

Dan Gilbert has no regrets

Racist?Mentally challenged?You,sir,are a complete,100%,certifible idiot.When you own a team in a sport that is about 90% black,and have built the finincial empire Dan Gilbert has,you can call someone racist and mentally cahllenged.And dont forget to kiss LeBrons ass when he returns to your city,if he has enough guts to.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:50 am

Dan Gilbert has no regrets

The man said what he felt at the time.Dan Gilbert did all he could to bring a title to Cleveland.He did feel betrayed,as he should have.Move on?Yes,we will move on.LeBron had a right to move on,he fulfilled his contract,and after all"This is Amewrica,Jack".But really,I dont see how LeBron James could sell out Cleveland,go form this alliance with Bosh and Wade,and ever expect to be respected around here again.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:27 am

Dan Gilbert has no regrets

People in Cleveland were more Lebron fans than Cav fans. You guys simply cannot stop talking about Lebron, and I bet it's more about Lebron than Cavs (at least thats the impression everyone gets when reading this message board).

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:22 am

Dan Gilbert has no regrets

Your a fool.  You have no idea.  It's one thing to be a free agent and leave.  MJ, Barkley, and a bunch of other people who played or has a connection to the NBA all said that Lebron was wrong the way he went about what he did.  Plus, the Cavs are way over the salary cap becuase of him.  Ferry brought in players that Lebron wanted and signed off on.  He strapped them cap wise, while all along he was planning on leaving.  Then he doesn't even call Gilbert to let him know before his decision.  Dan had to find out on tv.  Stern wasn't happy with it and knows that Lebitch didn't call Dan, becuase Stern was with Gilbert when the decision was made.  Gilbert did everything for Lebron.  He had his boys on the Cavs payroll.  They and were driving nicer cars than some of the assistant coaches.  The flew with, stayed with the team in hotels on away games.  They sat behind the bench at all the games.  Last week in N.O. after a preseason game they were to fly back to Miami.  Lebron tried to convince the assistant gm to stay an extra night so he can hang out with C.P.  Something the Cavs always bent over backwards for him.  The assistants called Riley and asked if that was alright.  Riley said to get there asses on the plane and come back home.  Lebron cried about that.  A couple of olympic ago when they won bronze he was acting like a punk.  They debated on whether to bring him back for the last olympics.  He's a little cry baby.  Don't get me wrong, Dan and co should of never enabled him to do what he did, but the boy needs to grow up.  He quit on coach Brown, when Brown yelled at him for taking the whole team out to celebrate his MVP award, and being hung over.  Oh yeah in the middle of the playoffs.  It's all about him.  Trust me, it won't be long before something happens in Miami.  Theres alot more that went on behind the scene, but I don't want to write a book about it.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:19 pm

Dan Gilbert has no life

Cleveland has moved on??? Since when?  They still cry like crazy on their talk radio, and their community posts.  They aren't getting over this for a while.  And Dan Gilbert is the joke who will keep pouring salt in the wound.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:59 pm

Dan Gilbert has no regrets

Cleveland doesn't need Lebron around, anyhow. Cleveland plays solid team basketball as tonight's victory over Boston proves. Cleveland's basketball fans were sick of seeing Lebron's ball hogging tactic of dribbling at the top of the key while all other Cavs stood around to watch. Miami's fans saw a taste of that lst night. Cleveland has moved on and they'll be better off without Lebron.

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