Last night, Lebron James announced that he was going to be joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat. Shortly after, Cleveland Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, wrote an open letter to the Cav Fans, expressing his disappointment and anger.
The hours leading up to the event provoked different reactions from sport commentators. Some felt it was the biggest night in NBA history, while others felt that Lebron was turning into a media whore. But all those negative feelings for Lebron James have seemed to have passed, after Gilbert wrote an open letter slamming the former king of Cleveland.
Gilbert calls Lebron disloyal, and promises that the now starless Cavs will win a championship before the “self-proclaimed” King.
Gilbert’s letter is not only tasteless, but it could prevent the Cavs from landing any big stars in the future. Lebron is pretty well liked around the NBA, and as we’ve found out in the past couple of days, NBA stars love to gossip.
ESPN reports that the Bulls and the Knicks also released statements expressing their disappointment. But those letters were also congratulatory, competitive, and didn’t burn down any bridges.
Here is Dan Gilberts open letter to the fans of Cleveland.
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.
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.
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….