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August 23rd, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Dan Gilbert should regret the disgraceful screed he posted on the Cleveland Cavaliers Web site July 8, minutes after former franchise star LeBron James broadcasted his defection to the Miami Heat on national television.

The owner's distressed, desperate diatribe will forever live in sports infamy, and the sharp words he directed at the self-proclaimed "King James" may compel future free agents to disregard the depressed city as a viable destination. Gilbert forked up what amounts to a chump change fine for his controversial remarks. He will suffer through the real punishment come late October: no James plus thousands of fans across the country and dozens of opposing players who despise him.

Gilbert and what remains of the bombed to bits basketball operations department should not, however, mourn the risky decision to allow the Akron high school star to become an NBA bachelor. James headlined a free agent class promulgated to the point of idiocy. He owned the summer—his "Decision" special drew just two million viewers less than Major League Baseball's All-Star Game—and established hi ...

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