LeBron Interview: ‘We hated Cleveland growing up’

The LeBron James self-immolation parade continues this week as he’s back with more third person, revisionist wisdom in an interview with GQ magazine.

LeBron James

(Pinata endorsement part of the plan?)

Here’s some samples of the remarks James recently made to GQ writer J.R. Moehringer:

“It’s not far, but it is far. And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us.… So we didn’t actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There’s a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day.”

Despite those comments, James also curiously claimed to Moehringer that he’d consider one day returning to the Cavs:

“If there was an opportunity for me to return and those fans welcome me back, that’d be a great story.”

Somehow I think that story though won’t be authored by current Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. James, once again speaking in third person: Read more…

NBA Owners: Tear Up All Current Player Contracts

The usual sniping rhetoric continues between the NBA owners and players as the July 2011 expiration of the league’s labor agreement looms. As always, negotiations will go down to the final few hours and we’ll probably end up with some manner of lockout.

Dan Gilbert

(Why is he smiling? Read on)

How long the owners shut down the league will depend on the financial desperation of individual players. Because of the typical, well-chronicled monetary mismanagement of the rank and file NBA player, the owners figure to have extraordinary leverage in whatever labor agreement ends up being struck.

It’s that enormous hammer that reportedly may create an unprecedented demand by the owners of the players.

It’s a given that NBA owners will try to limit the length and breadth of guaranteed NBA player contracts in the future. But what many don’t know is that owners want to apply those future standards to player contracts already in place.

In other words, the contracts that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh just signed - along with the pre-existing deals of all other NBA superstars - would essentially be rendered null and void if the owners get their way in the new collective bargaining agreement. Read more…

Open Letter to Fans from Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert

Open Letter to Fans from Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert

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:

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

You can take it to the bank. Read more…

Team Player? LeBron Won’t Speak To Tom Izzo!

The unintentionally uproarious conduct of LeBron James continues as CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER Cavs beat reporter Brian Windhorst reports today:

Lebron James: All About Winning

(He’s All About Winning, Which Is Why He Won’t Talk To Izzo)

A source today: LeBron respects coach (Tom) Izzo but continues his plan not to get involved with Cavs coach search or speak to candidates.

So what’s preventing James from speaking to Izzo? Not club owner Dan Gilbert, who reportedly has Izzo as his first choice to coach the team. Read more…

Cool! NBA Owner Once a Bookie Busted By Police

The state of Ohio soon faces a vote on whether to legalize full-fledged, Vegas-style casinos, and one of the leading proponents of “Ballot Measure 3″ is Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert. If the proposition passes, Gilbert will own downtown casinos in Cincinnati and Cleveland, raking in hundreds of millions each year.

Dan Gilbert

(Brah, get some rest)

But the idea has plenty of detractors. Detractors who have dredged up an ugly episode from Gilbert’s college days at Michigan State.

Are casinos just what Ohio needs to revitalize the state’s urban cores?

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NBA: Gambling Is Bad. NBA.com: Gamble In Ohio!

One of the reasons why there’s no NBA team in Las Vegas is that David Stern and the rest of the league are utterly terrified of the effect that the gambling mecca would have on its players. There’s the inevitable point-shaving, and who knows how many glassy-eyed, hung over players who had been up gambling for 16 hours straight we’d have on our hands.  And jail time. Lots of jail time. It’d be bad, right?

Dan Gilbert
(He seems thrilled.)

Oh, funny thing though. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has a decidedly different view of gambling and its potential effects. Why else would he be providing his support to “Yes on Issue 3,” which would put casinos in Ohio? Check that - right in downtown Cleveland, which just so happens to be where the Cavaliers play. Opposite day!

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