What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Let’s just start with the obvious. He’s gone; get over it. I understand this is hard for you, but now is the time for some honest self-assessment. Sadly, that will never happen if you keep listening to your owner, Dan Gilbert.
Gilbert is doing a wonderful job of playing the dumped wife who can’t help but empty the emotional file-cabinet now that the LeBron/Cavalier divorce is official. Not even 24 hours into the split and already the interwebz are full of bile-spewing hate aimed at James, and fired by Gilbert.
CLEVELAND (AP)—Angered and betrayed by LeBron James’(notes) decision to leave for Miami, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert accused the NBA’s MVP of quitting during the playoffs.
Gilbert, who posted a letter to Cavs fans on the team’s website shortly after James announced his plans to sign with the Heat, told The Associated Press late Thursday night that it’s “accountability time” for James.
“He has gotten a free pass,” Gilbert said in a phone interview with The AP. “People have covered up for (James) for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is.”
Gilbert feels James quit on the Cavs during their second-round series against the Boston Celtics, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit to eliminate Cleveland.
“He quit,” Gilbert said. “Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar.”
The Cavaliers were beaten by 32 points in Game 5. During the game, James appeared distracted and uninterested, often glaring at Cleveland’s coaches as the Cavs tried to foul to get back into the game in the second half. James also made some puzzling postgame comments, saying he had “spoiled” people with his play over seven seasons.
Gilbert also said he believes James quit on the Cavs in Game 6 of their series in 2009 against Orlando.
“Go back and look at the tape,” he said. “How many shots did he take?”
The best part of all that: Gilbert’s flashing back to the 2009 Orlando series. Men of America, how many times have you been in a fight with the wife/girlfriend and find yourself needing to defend against something that you thought was over and done with years ago? One minute, you think you are in trouble because you came home late from a poker game with your buddies, and next thing you know you are getting yelled at because she thinks you “flirted” with a Hooters waitress three years ago. Ladies and Gilberts, that is simply a bullshit tactic intended to cover up the fact that you played a role in creating the situation about which you are now pissed.
Now is the time for that look-in-the-mirror type honesty, Cleveland. Do you remember what you were when LeBron came into your life? You were a perennial bottom-feeder; a yearly lottery participant that netted you talent like Andre Miller, Brevin Knight, Chris Mihm, and Carlos Boozer, yet the Cavaliers continually sucked. I don’t suppose you want to remember the 17-65 record that earned you the right to draft the hometown hero, do you?
It was more than just the losing. If the Cavaliers were a family, they would have been the standard by which you measure dysfunctional. Set the Wayback Machine for that 17-65 season, specifically March 16, 2003. With Cleveland ahead in the game 120–95, amateur shitbag and professional showboater Ricky Davis was one rebound short of a triple-double with only a few seconds left on the clock. After receiving an inbound pass at the Cavaliers’ end of the floor, Davis banged the ball off his own rim and caught it in attempt to receive credit for a rebound. The play did not count as a rebound since firing at your own team’s basket does not count as a shot attempt, and in fact is a technical foul under NBA rules. In other words, the Cavaliers fostered an environment in which one could openly cheat and still fail.
Whether you are ready to admit it or not, LeBron James changed all that. Within a few years, James had the Cavaliers’ as a perennial playoff team. He was the keystone to the basketball renaissance happening in Cleveland. But it was not James’ fault that nobody bothered to put the rest of the championship puzzle pieces around him. Look at the current roster and try to tell me it reads like a championship side.
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The problem is that NBA fans, including you in Cleveland have created an environment in which players are not considered great unless they win a championship. So, all the while you were showering LeBron James with titles like “The Savior,” “The King,” and “The Chosen One,” he was surely noticing those ultimately would be empty nicknames without a ring to back them up. Don’t think James wasn’t also noticing a championship caliber team wasn’t being built around him.
All relationships, regardless of whether they are marriages, business partnerships, or the relationship between the star player and the franchise, are two-way streets. The sad but simple bottom line to all this is the Cavaliers’ and Dan Gilbert didn’t live up to their end. Instead of owning up to that, you Cavalier fans have fallen in behind this idiot owner of yours and he’s spewing pure bullshit.
Gilbert, who has owned the Cavs for five years, said he was most disappointed by James’ behavior in the months leading up to the superstar’s announcement that he is going to Miami to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Gilbert said James never returned a single phone message or text since the end of the season and that the Cavs were not informed of James’ decision until he went on the air.
Yeah, and after reading your commentary, Danny, I’m pretty sure I know why James wasn’t contacting you. The sheer fact that you are willing to air this sort of laundry publicly likely means you vented some of this crap in private when you knew the relationship was over. In other words, you remind me of somebody who cheated on her husband, divorced him, then got pissed off when he moved on with his life, which included marrying a much better woman.
“LeBron James needs to go to another team with two superstars already so he can win a championship,” Gilbert said. “We will win a championship before (the Heat) do.”
I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, Danny. First, there’s your aforementioned roster problems. But at least you are complicating matters by advertising what a toxic environment Cleveland is now for a free agent.
Gilbert said he now wishes he had done some things differently with James, who spent seven seasons with the Cavs. “It’s not about him leaving,” Gilbert said. “It’s the disrespect. It’s time for people to hold these athletes accountable for their actions. Is this the way you raise your children? I’ve been holding this all in for a long time.”
There’s nothing like the moment when the rants of a dumped ex-wife hit that “It’s really all about me” stage. All the hallmarks are there; the bleating about respect, the reference to “the children,” and making sure you know she’s the one who has been long-suffering.
Danny, its a safe bet this isn’t the first time you’ve unleashed this sort of petulant assholery, but it is the first time you’ve done it publicly. The whole world was ready to romance your man away from you, and you essentially let it happen. In short, stop being bitter than LeBron left, and start focusing on the soon-to-be 17-65 seasons that will net you another “Savior” you can run out of town.