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Gilbert in post-James era: moving on 'right way'

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08:05 AM ET 09.21 | Any conversation with Dan Gilbert is likely going to include LeBron James, even those ostensibly about the Pistons ownership situation. Gilbert talked with the Detroit Free Press about the Cavaliers, which had the NBA's best record but lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and the bitter exit of LeBron James to the Miami Heat: "We think it's a blessing in disguise; we think we're going to focus now on the team approach and not have everything that we do be focused on one man's decision." ... "In five years we didn't win a championship [with James], so it didn't work. So now we're going to do it the right way."

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September 21, 2010  08:18 AM ET

Well looks like someone is finally coming around. Oh wait, probably his entire PR team is up is **** so far that if he even says one dumb thing their going to pull his colon out.

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September 21, 2010  08:35 AM ET
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Well looks like someone is finally coming around.

You gotta commend the guy for coming to terms with reality and saying the right thing & I hope Cav fans will understand the need to tank a few seasons to build the team the right way. What I really like about what he said is Lebron's exit is a blessing in disguise - that's totally true. The irony of it is that Pat Riley has now become what Gilbert used to be by doing things to please Lebron like signing big Z and bringing in some of Lebron's people to make him feel comfortable. The result Gilbert had is waiting for him. I feel bad for Miami. They did great with getting Bosh but then they got Lebron and messed everything up.

September 21, 2010  08:59 AM ET
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You gotta commend the guy for coming to terms with reality and saying the right thing & I hope Cav fans will understand the need to tank a few seasons to build the team the right way. What I really like about what he said is Lebron's exit is a blessing in disguise - that's totally true. The irony of it is that Pat Riley has now become what Gilbert used to be by doing things to please Lebron like signing big Z and bringing in some of Lebron's people to make him feel comfortable. The result Gilbert had is waiting for him. I feel bad for Miami. They did great with getting Bosh but then they got Lebron and messed everything up.

Don't be down Lost/Stan just keeping supporting and stay loyal to your Cavs team and with 10-20 yrs of hard work you guys may end up winning a championship. Just because Lebron left doesn't mean your team can rebound, but like I said keep supporting your team and the Cavs will get back into the mix.

September 21, 2010  09:07 AM ET
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Don't be down Lost/Stan just keeping supporting and stay loyal to your Cavs team and with 10-20 yrs of hard work you guys may end up winning a championship. Just because Lebron left doesn't mean your team can rebound, but like I said keep supporting your team and the Cavs will get back into the mix.

After 10 years your team will still suck... your wife? not so sure!... poor you.

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September 21, 2010  09:40 AM ET

Spin it, Bro. Spin it.

September 21, 2010  09:48 AM ET

It will be hard for Cleveland to ever make it to the Championship with or without Lebron. Cleveland has never been a big market. Nobody wants to play there. They tried signing a big name when Lebron was there and they were unsuccessful. Cleveland has alot of heartache in years to come.

September 21, 2010  09:54 AM ET

too little, too late.

September 21, 2010  09:55 AM ET

"In five years we didn't win a championship (with James), so it didn't work. So now we're going to do it the right way."

Its because you tried to make a role player the star of your team. He isn't Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest of all time........

September 21, 2010  09:58 AM ET

It was a tough lesson to learn but hopefully they really can build the right way. I think that the fans in Cleveland deserve a better run team. If Gilbert can't do it, he needs to sell it to someone that can.

September 21, 2010  10:04 AM ET
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He's got to say the pc thing.....but losing your franchise player just entering his prime is no blessing however you twist it

lEBRON was his money maker and he knows it.....lets see how fast he will try to sell the franchise

September 21, 2010  10:05 AM ET
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I as a Cavalier fan am very excited to watch Gilbert build the Cavs the right way. 2012 or 2013 we will be celebrating the NBA Championship, and I will finally get to fly home for a championship parade. I can't wait!

LMAO

September 21, 2010  10:24 AM ET
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I as a Cavalier fan am very excited to watch Gilbert build the Cavs the right way. 2012 or 2013 we will be celebrating the NBA Championship, and I will finally get to fly home for a championship parade. I can't wait!

the Indians are closer to a title. In the NBA you have to have at least one great player to win and two other really good players... Cav's have none of those things... sorry

September 21, 2010  10:28 AM ET

Gilber Quote: "In five years we didn't win a championship [with James], so it didn't work. So now we're going to do it the right way."



OK......in five years with James they didn't win a chapionship. Was a tool! IT DIDN'T WORK because the team they put a team around Lebron that flat out sucked!! That wasn't Lebon's fault, the was the team management's fault.

Even MJ played for several years with horrible Bulls teams before they got the right pices in place to win!

September 21, 2010  10:28 AM ET
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the Indians are closer to a title. In the NBA you have to have at least one great player to win and two other really good players... Cav's have none of those things... sorry

tis true, cleveland had a great player but they needed more role players, they tried playing superstar basketball with a guy who wasnt a true leader. Fair enough, its gonna be awhile, a long while but maybe they can get Melo for 1 year who knows, maybe denver will stick it to melo and send him to cleveland

September 21, 2010  10:30 AM ET

What a joke. Did he mention anything about how the value of his team increased with LeBron? How much excitement LeBron brought to Cleveland? How he did everything he could to get LeBron to stay? If anyone thinks Cleveland will be going for a championship anytime soon you and the owner must be smoking the same thing.

September 21, 2010  10:30 AM ET

Gilbert Quote: "In five years we didn't win a championship [with James], so it didn't work. So now we're going to do it the right way."



OK......spelling corrected so that it make sense (LOL)!

OK......in five years with James they didn't win a championship. What a tool! IT DIDN'T WORK because the team they put around Lebron that flat out sucked!! That wasn't Lebon's fault, the was the team management's fault.

Even MJ played for several years with horrible Bulls teams before they got the right pices in place to win!

September 21, 2010  10:32 AM ET
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Gilber Quote: "In five years we didn't win a championship [with James], so it didn't work. So now we're going to do it the right way."OK......in five years with James they didn't win a chapionship. Was a tool! IT DIDN'T WORK because the team they put a team around Lebron that flat out sucked!! That wasn't Lebon's fault, the was the team management's fault.Even MJ played for several years with horrible Bulls teams before they got the right pices in place to win!

You are correct. I love how the owner is trying to say they didn't win because of LeBron. Hey give him some talent like Kobe has in LA and he would have won. Sorry but 1 man can't win by himself.

 
September 21, 2010  10:33 AM ET
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It was a tough lesson to learn but hopefully they really can build the right way. I think that the fans in Cleveland deserve a better run team. If Gilbert can't do it, he needs to sell it to someone that can.

why don't owners actually let gm's be general managers....hire someone capable complete with talent scouts, salary experts, sit back and allow them to do their jobs. it seems too many owners have suddenly developed Al davis syndrome...(mark cuban's the exception not the rule) the hands-on approach is clearly not working....

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