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Dan Gilbert’s Upset With LeBron James

By / 07.09.10

It’s always a shame when two close friends – especially those who work together – let a minor disagreement come between them. On today’s episode of “With Leather… With Love,” we’re examining the wounded relationship between Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert and NBA superstar LeBron James. Last night, LeBron gave his resignation to the Cavs by going on television and announcing to the world that he can’t win a championship in Cleveland and is instead going to play with the Miami Heat, where he’ll be able to let Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh do the heavy lifting.

Gilbert apparently wasn’t very pleased with some of the major points of LeBron’s interview statements, such as: 1) His decision; 2) His delivery; 3) His pulse. Gilbert immediately issued an open letter to Cavaliers fans via the Cavs’ web site on NBA.com, and let’s just say the old boy didn’t hold back. Among some of the brighter points:

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

And there’s plenty of hyperbole, declarations, capitalized words, and misplaced quotation marks beyond that. The most remarkable part of this letter, that has surely been pointed out by everyone who has read it, is that Gilbert chose to write it in the very professional Comic Sans font. But in fairness, I’ve heard he uses Wingdings for internal memos.

While there has been no response from NBA commissioner David Stern’s office about Gilbert’s choice of action in expressing himself, we have obtained a copy of a letter that the Cavs owner has already written in response to Stern.


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