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Open Letter to Fans from Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert


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

I almost hate to admit this but here we go: Stephen A. Smith was right. LeBron James is joining Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to play for the Miami Heat.

Conventional wisdom says that this move has shifted the balance of power in the NBA to South Beach. Forget about the Los Angeles and the Boston Celtics. Sorry Orlando Magic. Maybe some other time Phoenix Suns.

Everyone must cower at the feet of the Miami Heat.

Or maybe not.

This was possibly the worst decision that LeBron could have made. Make no mistake; the Miami Heat is Dwayne Wade’s team. LeBron will be the Number Two man on this team. He’s Scottie Pippen. He’s Pau Gasol. Now, that’s no slight against Scottie and Pau but no one is mentioning them in the same breath as Michael Jordan. You don’t see Scottie in those Hanes commercials do you? LeBron is supposed to be the next Jordan. He’s supposed to be the Greatest Player in the Game. He wears #23 for god’s sake.

But in order for him to be the Greatest he has to be The Man where ever he goes. He would be The Man in Cleveland or New York. He could even push Derrick Rose aside and be The Man in Chicago. But in Miami he’ll be just another sidekick. At least he’ll be wearing #6 and leave #23 for superstars.

I know people are already salivating over the potential for a loaded team like this. This is going to be the New Dream Team. The question isn’t IF this team will win a title but how MANY titles will it win? How can this team possibly lose, right?

Just remember the 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers. They had a starting five that consisted of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, Gary Payton and some other guy (I’m just kidding, it was Rick Fox). Take a look at that lineup: Hall of Famer, Hall of Famer, Hall of Famer, Hall of Famer and Rick Fox’s hair gel. That’s a Dream Team if I ever saw one. So what happened? They got beat down by the “no-name” Detroit Pistons in the Finals and lost 4-1.

Let’s not forget that he just ripped the heart out of Ohio on national TV. All of Northeast Ohio is now on suicide watch. One thing is for sure: LeBron James has now surpassed Art Modell as the Most Hated Man in Cleveland.

To be sure, having another Big Three in the NBA will be a great thing. That hype machine will keep every sports writer employed for the next five years. They may even win a title or two.

But mostly this move will diminish LeBron’s stature.

Maybe we should all start calling him Prince James.