Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert Rips LeBron James. Maybe It Should Have Been David Stern

So, it finally came.

LeBron James (aka, King James) made his long, drawn-out one-hour announcement that he is bailing on the poor city of Cleveland to seek warmer pastures down south.

That’s right.

King LeBron James is headed to Miami to become a member of the Miami Heat (does that make him a “Hot”?  I never could figure that out).  No surprise.  He is going to join friends Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in a bid that he hopes will bring him a title now, instead of further in the future.

Oh, well.  After all, he did tell the nation that he had to do what would make LeBron James happy…in third person.  And in first person.  And he told us all that his Mom was a big influence on his decision.

That’s sweet.

So today, Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert laid into King LeBron (read the whole letter here).  Essentially, Gibson referred to King LeBron James as Cleveland’s “former hero,” and stated in essence that LeBron is a self-promoting narcissist.  Gibson is firm in his conviction that James has betrayed Cleveland, and Ohio, and he has vowed to win a championship before LeBron and company down in Miami.

Strong words.

But are they aimed at the right target?  Sure, LeBron’s departure is a blow to the city, but he did give the Cavaliers some great years and some great revenue.  They had chances to win titles.  And, after all, the NBA has become a money-grabbing institution where “stars” now fall from grace in former cities to land in galaxies that will pay top dollar…even for “stars” who are close to burning out, such as Amar’e Stoudemire and Joe Johnson.

LeBron’s announcement is disappointing, but not shocking.  It’s simply a symptom of a trend of greed and self-promotion in sports (and politics, and business).  If Dan Gilbert wants to rip into anyone, maybe he should sit down NBA Commissioner David Stern and tell him that his NBA is turning into a house of ill repute.

Or, he could just write him a letter.

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3 responses to “Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert Rips LeBron James. Maybe It Should Have Been David Stern

  1. This was a great article, I very much enjoyed the read! Cleveland fans are really unhappy that Lebron chose to go to Miami but I think they are taking this too much to heart. Lebron is a very good player that hasn’t one a championship and feels that he can win one in Miami rather than Cleveland. He doesn’t owe anything to the Cavs because for the most part he played his hardest throughout his time in Cleveland. I have never liked and never will like Lebron but I feel that all the criticism that he is getting is unfair. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I would love to hear your opinion on my thoughts. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/suck-it-up-cleveland/

    • @CHRISROSS: Thanks for the comment. I have been a Cleveland sports fan my whole life (pity me!). I agree that LeBron doesn’t really owe Cleveland anything, but the underlying tone of Gilbert’s article is anger…and I think in the end, his frustration reflects that of the the fans and their feelings. Are the days of loyalty waning? Fans are fans generally, fair-weather or not. But the players are free to city-jump, and I think the folks in Cleveland feel a little betrayed right now, right or wrong, that LeBron has taken this opportunity to jump. It will certainly be interesting to see if Dan Gilbert’s “guarantee” comes to fruition.

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