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    The above is yet another reason why Cleveland will continue to be a no championship shithole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhi View Post
    Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted this letter on the team's website after LeBron James' announcement he was leaving for the Miami Heat.



    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
    What a toolbox. Happens a million times a day. One of your employees resigned from your company and went to work for a competitor. STFU and maybe next time don't give the keys to your team to Danny Ferry and Mike Brown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by concretejungle View Post
    The above is yet another reason why Cleveland will continue to be a no championship shithole.
    I'm curious to know what about the letter makes you think that? Seriously. One would think that that letter is simply ownership renewing their promise to what I would consider are some of the most loyal fans in the NBA in an economically depressed area in a very down economy; almost a thank you and promise all in one. You didn't see that?

    Do you think LeBron's actions over the last week leading up to the hour long simultanious ego-stroking-turd-dropping we all "witnessed" tonight were appropriate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    (Lebron) is doing what is smart for him.

    Besides where would your rather live, South Beach or Cleveland?
    Lebron could live anywhere and change his residence at anytime he wanted, he could buy his own island and commute to games view the jetstream...but he will never be able to change the fact he was born in the town of Barberton, only about 30 miles south of the city of Cleveland.

    Metphor:
    A man married to his so-so-goodlooking wife and mother of his two children for 10 years fucks up his marriage because he was selfish one night and wanted to get laid...so Mr. Douchebag does what is smart for his selfish desires in the "heat" of the moment of that night and fucks a beautiful supermodel when the situation suddenly presented itself. In the process he destroyed his marraige, ruined his kids' happiness, blew the trust and love of his faithful wife.....Lebron is fucking a supermodel in the "heat" of the moment right now, but it might not be the best long-term decision for him and those that love him, when he should stick to the commitment, loyalty (ironically like his tatoo), and responsibilities he unwittingly accepted by being born and growing up close to Cleveland and becoming a superstar to that very town...

    Fuck-you Lebron, now a symbol of all that is bad in the USA...Mr. Lebron James, you ARE a douchebag.
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    Now-a-days, younger people do not want to work to get to their goals, they want instantaneous gratification, they want it now...they want to find the shortcut to get the stuff they want, find the path of least resistance...all things destroying society...all things I saw Lebron display tonight.

    Lebron you are a massive fucking douchebag.
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    Fixed it for you. . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhi View Post
    Metaphor:
    A man sticks his dick in a knothole for 7 years while his CEO keeps hiring people like Larry Hughes and Delonte West and Eric Snow and Damon Jones and a clapped out David Wesley to play shooting guard and none of them can barely shoot 40%. His boss gets outcoached by Greg Popovich, which is okay, and Stan Van Gundy, which isn't. He needs help so the boss acquires stars like Darnell Jackson and Laurenzen Wright. This bullshit goes on year after year so he decides to go talk to a different CEO who is in the Hall of Fame and lives in a place that isn't knee-deep slush for 5 months per year. This CEO tells him he will hire 3 of the top 5 players in the game. He goes back to his old CEO, who still can't find a coach. He calls his friends and not a goddammned one of them wants to move to the shithole where he lives, even for a sign and trade max contract. ...so he does what is smart and fucks a beautiful supermodel when the situation suddenly presented itself. In the process he fucks over a bunch of luckless sad sacks who would've enjoyed another decade of failure without him and still can't get over MJ scoring over Craig Ehlo, the Indians hitting .180 in their last WS, and Ernest Byner fumbling on the fucking goal line. And David Stern should just contract them to put them all out of their goddamn misery.
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    Bodhi, I sense you are holding something back. Let it out man! Let it all out! Tell us how you really feel about Lebron; you'll feel better afterwards.





    As for Cleveland, what free agents are left that they can add to become a championship caliber team?




    Personally, I don't think the Heat win a championship next year, and maybe the year after that. They've got no depth, LeBron has shown he doesn't respond well to pressure (and it is on now for sure), and I can think of five teams in the East that will be gunnin' for the Heat. Plus, did you hear the language of his announcement? He says he's taking his game to "south beach." That guy has got things other than basketball on his mind...
    Shut your eyes and think of somewhere. Somewhere cold and caked with snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    Besides where would your rather live, South Beach or Cleveland?
    If I were a gay male escort, err, LeBron, South Beach no doubt.

    Neither of the above, actually.

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    The best basketball player in the world expected and received a shit-ton of press for changing teams? You have to be kidding. And he decided to leave the state of Ohio? What? And he is motivated by money? Huh?

    He doesn't owe anyone anything. And thats just a function of the system that money created. Its market forces. You want him in Cleveland, offer him something Miami didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by commonlaw View Post
    The best basketball player in the world expected and received a shit-ton of press for changing teams? You have to be kidding. And he decided to leave the state of Ohio? What? And he is motivated by money? Huh?

    He doesn't owe anyone anything. And thats just a function of the system that money created. Its market forces. You want him in Cleveland, offer him something Miami didn't.
    You need a breath mint?

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    Did lance and lebron fuck you in your ass, one drunken night Hugh?

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    lebron had valid reasons to leave cleveland. but the manner in which he left (tv special, etc...) taints his image tremendously. i'm guessing he's gonna see alot of neutral b-ball fans turn on him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stompinlines View Post
    Did lance and lebron fuck you in your ass, one drunken night Hugh?
    it's another star-fucker! how cute!

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    regarding dan gilbert, also consider that his net worth just took a couple hundred million dollar hit (or something like that). so consider the source

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    Quote Originally Posted by sIlentRagE View Post
    regarding dan gilbert, also consider that his net worth just took a couple hundred million dollar hit (or something like that). so consider the source
    He's a ratfucker. Ownership makes it about business when they waive someone to avoid paying a bonus, or void a contract, or ask someone to restructure a contract, or outright release players to avoid honoring a financial responsiblity to them. But when a player takes control of their own fate then ownership makes it about loyalty and the player is selfish. Fuck Dan Gilbert, you buy the ticket and you take the ride. Maybe you should've drafted Al Jefferson instead of Luke Jackson.

    Lebron played out his contract, which had expired. Nobody owed anybody in that equation. When you break up with your girlfriend and she stands out in your driveway screaming about what a selfish piece of shit you are, you realize that you are lucky to have gotten out of that relationship. Lebron is lucky he didn't waste another 6 years on that death ship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeStrummer View Post
    He's a ratfucker. Ownership makes it about business when they waive someone to avoid paying a bonus, or void a contract, or ask someone to restructure a contract, or outright release players to avoid honoring a financial responsiblity to them. But when a player takes control of their own fate then ownership makes it about loyalty and the player is selfish. Fuck Dan Gilbert, you buy the ticket and you take the ride. Maybe you should've drafted Al Jefferson instead of Luke Jackson.

    Lebron played out his contract, which had expired. Nobody owed anybody in that equation. When you break up with your girlfriend and she stands out in your driveway screaming about what a selfish piece of shit you are, you realize that you are lucky to have gotten out of that relationship. Lebron is lucky he didn't waste another 6 years on that death ship.
    I agree, my pointing out Gilbert's net worth hit was meant to highlight his hypocrisy. I'm also making the assumption that he's just pissed and lashing out right now because of the franchise's devaluation. In other words, he's selfishly pissed off about his personal and business situation and calling out Lebron on his narcissistic character.

    Still, Lebron pulled a damn near sociopathic move to roll out the dog and pony ESPN show.

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    The way the guy came up so small in the playoffs this year Cleveland will be better off for it in the long run. The guy is a class A douche, an amazing talent, a compiler of stats but certainly by no means a winner. Not a douche for leaving Cleveland because frankly who the fuck would want to live in Cleveland anyway. But the way he ran this courting process and then the cherry on top with last night's sit down with Jim Gray in a very public FU to Cleveland was pretty low class? How many rings has this guy won? When has he come up big in a clutch moment? The Cavs built that team around what he wanted. Bring in a 40 year old overpaid Shaq, ok, Lebron wants Mo Williams, ok etc etc. Cleveland went out and got whatever he asked for and he still let alone win but even show up in the playoffs. Hope he likes living in Dwayne Wade's shadow down in Miami.

    Look at Kevin Durant for the way this shit is done right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post
    I'm curious to know what about the letter makes you think that? Seriously. One would think that that letter is simply ownership renewing their promise to what I would consider are some of the most loyal fans in the NBA in an economically depressed area in a very down economy; almost a thank you and promise all in one. You didn't see that?

    Do you think LeBron's actions over the last week leading up to the hour long simultanious ego-stroking-turd-dropping we all "witnessed" tonight were appropriate?
    Dude sucked his dick until the inevitable happened. Now he uses words like abandoned and self-proclaimed King. Be the bigger man and go out and win that championship. They haven't shown they can do it with lebron so why should I now believe they'll pull it off without him.

    I saw an owner who should have won a championship the past 4 or so years but continually made moves too late. Shaq, Mo Williams and Jamison? For real?

    As for the question about the court jesters actions over the last week I haven't said anything about them being appropriate as a matter of fact I find his attitude and this whole thing to be a joke and using the Boy's and Girl's Club makes it even worse. Cut a check and call ESPN and tell them you're going to the Heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concretejungle View Post
    He could have just given them the money and shut the fuck up about it but he didn't.
    While I agree that most often giving in secret is the purist way to give, most likely his talking about it spurred further donations to the charity, or at very least focused media attention to their mission. I can't see that as a bad thing.

    Cleveland fans need to get over their pouty butthurt. Lebron has every right to pursue his career goals, it is his life to live. People who don't understand that, desperately need to quit living vicariously through others and develop satisfaction in life that isn't dependent on others performing for them.
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    JoeStrummer for Cleveland Mayor.
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    Good God. Sorry for Cleveland, but you had to see it as a serious possibility. People change jobs all the time.

    Johny Damon going to the Yankees was a bitter pill for Boston, but then there's the dumping of Nomar. It's all business, and you have to stop pinning your self worth on these guys who could give two shits about you. They're all mercs anyhow.
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    Everyone realizes that basketball is a game, right? Like they throw a ball around to each other, and nothing else, right?
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    I could care less about NBA, but after about 2 years of listening to Packer "fans" bitching about Brett Favre all I can think to say is try listening very carefully. Cleveland fans may just hear it.



    Or just pop in Major League and you'll feel better. But then that may remind the Cleveland fans of the fact that even the fictional Cleveland Indians would rather play ball somewhere other than Cleveland. On second thought maybe a Cleveland fan should just pop in A Christmas Story and buy a Red Ryder BB gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sIlentRagE View Post
    Still, Lebron pulled a damn near sociopathic move to roll out the dog and pony ESPN show.
    Actually that was Ari Emanuel's idea - Rahm's brother and the agent that the Ari Gold character from Entourage is based on.

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    took 30m less to go to a winning team
    and moved to a state with no state income tax. probably breaking even or maybe even ahead when you figure no state tax on salary and endorsements. nice spin, lebron,

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