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Hell Hath No Fury Like an NBA Owner Scorned

After the announcement that LeBron James was going to the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert posted this diatribe on the team’s website.

All I want to know is this:  Would he still have considered it a “narcissistic, self-promotional build-up” if LeBron had decided to stay?  And what is LeBron and company win the NBA title next year (or any year before Cleveland)?  What will Mr. Gilbert do since what he guaranteed didn’t come true?  Is there anything really on the line for him to say that?

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

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.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

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

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


You can take it to the bank.

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.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

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.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

3 responses to “Hell Hath No Fury Like an NBA Owner Scorned

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  2. mBLASzKa 10-July-2010 at 1:03 pm

    Like i stated on my website, on the surface it looks like a baby crying because he did not get his way. I think Gilbert was clearly more upset with how Lebron handled it. It was a classless act from a guy who has shown nothing but class while in Cleveland.

    Not sure if you saw the Miami celebration but Lebron did not look happy. Body language is everything.

  3. Morph iSatori 15-July-2010 at 3:26 am

    Just a short whats up and to say thanks for expressing your thoughts in this post. I mysteriously wound up here after reading up on a bunch of celebrity physical fitness stuff over on Yahoo… guess I got sort of distracted! At any rate I shall be returning in the near future to read your posts down the road. See you later!

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