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Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?

Posted on: July 10, 2010 2:34 am
Ever wanted to tell your boss to go bang rocks? Ever written an email that could've gotten you fired from your next three jobs? If the answer is yes, hopefully you had enough common sense to think twice and keep your mouth shut or hit delete. The same couldn't be said for Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert. 
Approximately three minutes after LeBron James announced to the world that he would be joining the Miami Heat, Dan-man fired up his laptop and composed one of the most lethal messages in recent memory. And by the time LeBron's joke of press conference (by the way, that was one of the lamest shams for a good cause that I've ever seen) was over, the letter to the fans of Cleveland was complete and in on its way. 
 Dan Gilbert's common sense and good judgment fell way to anger and disappointment. Years of planning and preparation gone. His plans for the future were destroyed by a young, selfish superstar. And after punching a hole in a wall and kicking his cat, Dan did the only thing that would make him feel better. He wrote a letter. A letter that may have been as big of a mistake as trusting "The King" himself. 
 Do I blame Gilbert? Not at all. Would I have done the same thing? Probably. But here's the thing: how do you attract millionaire basketball players to come to Cleveland in the middle of winter? You can't. And now Dan Gilbert comes off as a lunatic owner with an itchy email finger. No one in their right mind would play for the Cavs if given the choice. Players need to be pampered and coddled. Gilbert just proved that if you disappoint him, he will turn his back on you. That's not exactly the message that you want to send to the league after being devastated by Hurricane James.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2010 7:09 pm

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?

but its not as dramatic as ESPN wants us to believe.Forget ESPN! Vegas has the Heat at 8-5 odds!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:36 am

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?

He should move the Cavs. End of story. If I was an owner and I could not get people to play for my team because of the city I would move the team so fast it would make your head spin.

As far a Lebron goes I am just glad it's over. Geesh every two seconds on every sports network. I do hope the guy fails after the way he wanted all eyes on him this off seasn.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2010 1:21 am

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?


His mother couldn't have wriiten a more glowing response. 

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2010 9:01 pm

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?

Honestly, I would wish my owner hasd that kind of passion and commitment.

He could have posted the normal politically correct hogwash. No, this guy spoke from the heart like a jilted lover. No, this guy just let his heart do his talking. It was beautiful and real. It was evocative. I didn't know this guy from Adam, but now he's become one of my faves. I hope he turns that team around after this. He's my kind of guy.

I also love how he put James' fathead(talk about an appropriate name) on sale for the same price as the year Benedict Arnold was born. I love this guy. A historical reference? Too awesome for words.

Players won't skip Cleveland for his remarks. You're giving them too much credit. They only care about money. If he has it and they need it, they'll come.

In fact, it may be the reverse. What player doesn't want an owner who truly wants to win and will spare no expense? Maybe, unlike James, they believe in being classy and loyal.

Dan Gilbert is my new hero. I love this guy. My guess is Cleveland loves him too.

Long Live Dan Gilbert.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2010 5:07 pm

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?

Dan essentially did get fired.  Nobody will want to sign a long term deal with Cleveland after that debacle.  The owner's equivalent to getting fired is his business drying up.  How can he keep his mouth shut when LeBron was considering staying and then blow up when he announced going to Miami?  So much for sincerity.  Would you want to work for a boss that hates your guts and thinks you are a quitter behind your back?  LeBron did the right thing.  He probably knew Dan hated him.  He also wants to win.  Dan is poor owner with even poorer decision making.  See the horrible contracts he committed to.  LeBron carried that team.  We all know one guy can't win a title by himself in the NBA today.  Dan got what he deserved.  The fans should fire his a$$.  The fans have lost the most here.  Lebron made the right decision to do what's best for him.  He gave the fans 7 good years and fulfilled his contract.  His boss sucked.  Who wouldn't take the new job in that environment? 

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2010 1:47 pm

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?

Hey, I'm a fan husker, I'm going to look on the optimistic side.

No one really knows how they (the Pistons) compare bc of all the injuries, though their tendency to avoid having true point guards on their team concerns me.

Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2010 8:56 am

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?

Thanks, Dan, for saying what needed to be said.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2010 1:42 am

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?

Its sad, I was with that Pistons guy before he started saying the pistons are even in a class with the Bucks and Hawks.

The pistons are bottom 5 in the league buddy. Wizards, Nets, and Wolves are about the only teams I can say will be near the pistons level of play this year, because they didnt even add anyone. They have a few horrible contracts and a lot of old broke bodies. Which would be why everyone was hurt.

I watched Detroit a few times last year and couldnt fathom that team being intentionally put together. If you are going to comment on the NBA please be rational

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2010 9:17 pm

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?


The NBA is not a 3 on 3 league.  You need players that can actually fill the other two spots.  Without the right pieces around them, Miami is going nowhere.

I don't have a problem personally with the Lebron decision.  Miami is a cool town, and unlike a lot of teams the Heat actually try to do stuff in the community.  I, like most everyone outside of the 305 area code, just don't care for the way in which it was done (by lebron)

I think you guys got a steal in the draft with Pittman.  He can be a great player in the league, though I think this next year he'd make a bigger contribution coming off the bench.

Detroit's not a bad team.  They have some guys who can really play, and they would have been much better last year if they hadn't collectively missed 5,000 games due to injury.  Miami is better than the Pistons, Atlanta, or Milwaukee, but it's not as dramatic as ESPN wants us to believe. 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 8:25 pm

Dan Gilbert: What Were You Thinking?

Ever written an email that could've gotten you fired from your next three jobs? Fortunately for Gilbert, as the owner, he kinda can't get fired.

Hey, it's his right to say whatever he wants, but he's got to face the consequences.  I applaud his candor - I'm sick of stupid PC/press release-type responses.  Tell it how it is.  Props to Gilbert.

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