Friday, 9 July 2010

Someone In Ohio Is Not Happy

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted this letter on the team's website after LeBron James' announcement he was leaving for the Miami Heat.

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 don't claim to be an expert on the NBA, but I have watched hundreds of games over the last few years, and found the end of the Cavaliers last match versus the Celtics very strange viewing. Typically NBA teams claw, stratch and fight for every point in the last few seconds of a play-off game, but against the Boston Celtics it appeared that the Cavaliers, including James, just gave up. It was strange to watch, and not much was said about it at the time, but there may well be some revelations now James has moved on. Those are some angry words from the owner.

Miami Heat are now favourites for the NBA title next season. Not surprising really. Given that Dwayne Wade won a championship just four years ago, and that Chris Bosh is highly rated, the addition of LeBron James in a game that has just five starters is a mini Dream Team. Their coach, Erik Spoelstra, is relatively inexperienced, and is the NBA's youngest coach, but waiting in the background is team President and seven time NBA champion (as player, head coach and assistant coach) Pat Riley who is a former Laker. What price a Lakers - Heat NBA Final?

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