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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
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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 .)



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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

This is actually all quite funny.  A man who just fired the most successful coach in team history and the gm who engineered over 200 wins in the past 4 seasons and a trip to the NBA finals.... is crying about loyalty. 


I can understand fans being distressed ( I am Knicks fan - distress is what we do best).  But the owner is an idiot.  If a fan wrote that, fine.  If a sports-writer in a Cleveland paper wrote it - it would not be journalistic but it would be reflective of many of his readers - I could live with that.  The owner who is a business man above all else sounds like an IDIOT to write that, ESPECIALLY since we ALL know there is no chance that the Cavs will be the team to end the Cleveland sports draught (Mike Holgren, the pressure is REALLY on you now buddy).

The film clips of people acting up in Cleveland after Lebron's announcement had me in stitches.  Women crying, men being arrested, people burning his jersey.  Two weeks ago, these people loved Lebron - now he is the devil's son.  Now, to be fair, there were not a lot of people in those video clips, just one acts of silliness.  Even the jersey burning does not look all that crazy when you take into account it was only a couple of young kids.  There were no riots in the streets.  If those are the extreme cases, then Cleveland is reacted well on the whole.  But it is interesting to see people over-react to stuff.  LeBron is leaving, that's all.  Their homes are not being foreclosed on (I hope), get a grip (keep in mind that I cried when the Knicks drafted Patrick Ewing, and cried again when they traded him for Luc Longley). 

 

At any rate, I will definitely be rooting against Dan Gilbert - hopefully he sells the team soon so that I can root for a city who deserves better.  But until he is gone, I don't mind seeing the Cavaliers lose all year long.  Poor Byron Scott.

 




Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Open Letter to Dan Gilbert:

I personally guarantee that you, the fans of Cleveland and throughout the world of sports would have been better served if you would have simply allowed your VP of Communications to write that letter for you.  Who wrote that, Miss South Carolina? Man, Dan, that was really hard to read.  Can we all assume that education didn't play much of a role in how you earned your scratch? 

Q Sizzle
Majority Owner 
1995 Jeep Cherokee 




Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:28 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

f him!! He failed to mention that lebron re-signed with them once 3 years ago and that the teams Cavs’ annual revenue -- which includes money ranging from ticket, luxury box and jersey sales to sponsorships -- has risen to almost $160 million from about $72 million before lebron. That's an additional 88 million a year because of king james, times that by the 7 years he's been there and lebron has made the cavs in excess of 616 million dollars. He doesnt care about Cleveland getting a title, he's mad about his wallet.   I hope lebron comes back and scores 70 on them. Oh and by the way genius his deal is only 5 years long and he'll be 29 at the end and still in his prime and maybe come back. But with these statements you just ruined that you dumb ass.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:20 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

LeCoward did everything he could do to assure that this would not happen! He could have been more loyal and forthright with the organization before he left, so they could have planned for the futute earlier! I am convinced he knew what he had planned long before the Boston series. They didn't try? Why did they have the best record 2 years in a row then? Why did they pay Shaq $20 million.
James is a choker under pressure, and could not deliver. That was not the organizations fault!




Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:14 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

NOT!



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:07 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

I'm tired of hearing people say that Cleveland deserved this because Cleveland's management gave him no talent to play alongside witt because this is simply not true. Any team that has the talent level to win 60+ games 2 years in a row certainly has the talent level to win a championship. The reason they didn't last year is because LeBron quit on his team during the conference finals (something that the owner called him out on). LeBron, Bosh, and Wade planned this out years ago (and this should be no secret to anyone, LeBron even alluded to it in his interview) and that's why the Cavs owner's so angry right now.

That being said, I hope LeBron has a disastrous injury next year to humble his galaxy-sized ego. You are a professional athlete who gets paid to play a child's game for a living. Stop acting like you are the greatest thing to walk this earth.



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Why expect loyalty from players when the franchises they play for only give it to players they need. Players have every right to be as greedy, selfish and selfcentered as the teams they play for.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:40 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

Just plain immature.  He gave LeBron no reason to stay.  We can blame Ferry, but the owner runs the organization.  They had chances to obtain better players and didn't. 



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:34 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

You talk about Gilbert only thinking of himself here.  Don't you think saying that all Cleveland fans deserve a 9-73 season is hypocritical.  Not to mention you talk about LeBron as if he's done nothing wrong.  He knew months ago he was leaving Cleveland.  It would have been real nice of him to fill the Cavs in on that before every other major player was taken.  And I think that major problem Cavs fans are having are the fact that during the interviews all LeBron kept saying was 'I didn't want to leave Cleveland' 'I wanted to bring a Championship to Cleveland'.  He's feeding BS to an already let down Cleveland and everyone knew it.  And what's more, to show just how big his ego is, LeBron feels it's a good idea to throw in "Well, my true fans will follow me to Miami and support me."  Sorry LeBron that the majority of fans like a franchise more than a player.  Even one as talented and gifted as you.
-And to add to that, until you've gone through everything Cleveland fans have gone through throughout the years, this really isn't a topic you she being saying anything in.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:08 pm
 

Cavs owner eviscerates James for "betrayal"

I think the fact that Lebron made his decision so long after all the other good free agents signed with new teams is rediculous, I think Lebron likes the attention and its disgusting how classless he is when handling all of this. I truely feel that he intentionally sabataged Cleveland in the NBA finals run, by lack of effort. He made up his mind he was leaving then. He is an arrogant prick. All the attention will change a person. He is not the same Lebron as he was back in High School. The new lebron is a big headed prick. But it is his life, and his decision. This is the type of guy that doesn't care about anybody but himself. Cleveland should be happy this guy is gone. His personallity is a cancer, and the way he pushes teams around to get what he wants is poisonous. If Miami doesn't win a championship, then he will poison that team too.

Even worse is he brings his ego to Miami. Now you have to look at this...They have the big three, sure...but watch how the team responds to 3 big egos on one team. Bosh, Wade, and Lebron will make the rest of the team insugnificant. Those 3 have no reason to share the ball. Guarenteed the chemistry will not be there. That team already know that if they win a championship with Lebron, no other players will even get mentioned as having a part to do with it. There will be jealousy and there will be 1 player that will intentionally sabage this team on a finals run. you watch! 3 ego maniacs like this equals doom for the chemestry and the team.


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