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07:31 AM ET 02.17 | Given the chance, would Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, faced with the The Decision, counter again with The Letter? "I would've reworded the language in The Letter, but I don't regret sending a letter out to our fan base. People forget the letter was not to LeBron, it was to our fan base. If I had to do it again, for sure, I would've reworded several parts of it. ... I keep a couple binders on my desk and I have a binder of the responses to The Letter from the people of Cleveland. There's thousands, maybe 2,000 from every facet of life, from CEOs of big companies to hand-written letters from 94-year-old ladies, from street sweepers to policemen and firemen. The response went way beyond. For some reason, it appealed to this generational Cleveland thing."

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February 17, 2014  07:49 AM ET

Move on, Gilbert.

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February 17, 2014  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Move on, Gilbert.

Agree.....
If he'd have moved on as ^ suggested, why would he have ' a couple of binders' on his desk?

February 17, 2014  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you think Gilbert hasn't move on, you're a fool. The guy is worth 100 times what LeBron is.

All that money still hasn't bought him any class.

February 17, 2014  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you think Gilbert hasn't move on, you're a fool. The guy is worth 100 times what LeBron is.

Actually closer to 18x what Lebron is worth...... ($3.5 billion compared to $195 million)

So how is that relevant again?

February 17, 2014  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

All that money still hasn't bought him any class.

Really? Gilbert is a classy owner. He doesn't let the players run the team or the league.

February 17, 2014  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Actually closer to 18x what Lebron is worth...... ($3.5 billion compared to $195 million)So how is that relevant again?

LeBron has spent most of that money. He'll be broke like most NBA players are and be begging Gilbert for a job some day.

February 17, 2014  09:55 AM ET

In other words you're finally figuring out that you made a big blunder!

February 17, 2014  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Really? Gilbert is a classy owner. He doesn't let the players run the team or the league.

Really? When no free agents are interested in coming in, and your best players can't wait to leave, they are in fact running the team; or maybe I should say ruining the team.

February 17, 2014  10:25 AM ET

Grow Up, Bro!

February 17, 2014  11:48 AM ET
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Really? When no free agents are interested in coming in, and your best players can't wait to leave, they are in fact running the team; or maybe I should say ruining the team.

Free agents are coming here all the time. 2 of them this past summer. You people keep saying this but it simply is not true.

February 17, 2014  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Free agents are coming here all the time. 2 of them this past summer. You people keep saying this but it simply is not true.

Not just bodies. When is the last time the Cavaliers acquired a game changer?

February 17, 2014  12:22 PM ET

GILLBERT THE GULABLE?

February 17, 2014  12:24 PM ET
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Not just bodies. When is the last time the Cavaliers acquired a game changer?

That's what the NBA draft is for. They draft them, foster their growth and lose them to free agency.

February 17, 2014  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Really? Gilbert is a classy owner. He doesn't let the players run the team or the league.

you are being sarcastic?? right??

February 17, 2014  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Free agents are coming here all the time. 2 of them this past summer. You people keep saying this but it simply is not true.

ok.. lets just say that top tier level free agents aren't coming

February 17, 2014  12:39 PM ET

one of Gilberts statements in his letter............. quote " "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 " end quote....


lmao at you Dan...

February 17, 2014  12:42 PM ET

his letter is so hilarious, thought you all may wanna read it one more time....

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.

Just watch.

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....




Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

 
February 17, 2014  12:43 PM ET

and yet they would welcome him back??? even funnier !!!

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