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Dan Gilbert regrets saying Cavs would win an NBA title before LeBron James

It took more than two years, but it appears that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is finally beginning to think rationally as he continues to deal with the pain of losing LeBron James. As you likely remember, Gilbert wrote a hilarious letter to Cavs fans after LeBron signed with the Heat and emphatically guaranteed that Cleveland would win an NBA championship before LeBron won one.

LeBron is already the proud owner of a flashy NBA championship ring, and Gilbert now regrets making that promise.

“Looking back now, that probably was not the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Gilbert said Tuesday — the day LeBron got his shiny new ring — according to an Associated Press report.

“If you’re going to predict something that doesn’t happen and you’re going to do it publicly, you’d for sure take it back,” he continued. “When that happened when they won, it was the end of the end of the end of that whole thing. Now there’s nothing more to talk about. In a way it was like a little bit of a relief. If they didn’t win it, it would’ve been still another thing of who’s going to win it (first).”

There was nothing left to talk about back when Gilbert was trying to look into whether or not the Heat tampered with LeBron, but he was still hung up on it. Now that LeBron has won a championship and it probably won’t be his last, Gilbert really has to prove to the fans that he can get past losing one of the biggest stars in NBA history. He can start by focusing on his own team and his own team only.

Dan Gilbert’s foolish prediction was wrong: LeBron won a title before Cavs

LeBron James has been criticized so much over the past several years that it’s hard to keep track of it all. But one thing few people forgot was what Dan Gilbert said shortly after LeBron James left the Cavs to sign with the Heat.

When the jilted Cavs owner wrote a letter to his fan base in July of 2010 — in Comic Sans font — he issued the following guarantee:

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

The Cavs were tied for the third-worst record in the NBA this season while the Heat won the NBA title. Who looks like the jerk now?

Gilbert finally tweeted on Thursday night shortly after the Heat won the title, but he didn’t exactly give Miami or LeBron credit:

Remember, Dan: There are no shortcuts. You said so yourself.

Dan Gilbert and his son Nick wore matching suits, bow ties to lottery (Picture)

Dan Gilbert brought his son Nick to the NBA Draft Lottery for the second year in a row, and the two showed up all swagged out. The Gilberts wore matching suits and bow ties, as you can see in the picture above. Really the outfit was just Dan dressing up the way his son did last year.

Unfortunately for the Cavs, Nick wasn’t able to bring the same kind of good luck to the lottery as he did last year. The Cavs ended up with the fourth overall pick while the Hornets jumped everyone to get the No. 1 pick and Anthony Davis. The good news for Charlotte is that Harrison Barnes looks pretty solid at second overall.

Washington Generals Invite Dan Gilbert to Play or Coach for Them in Exhibition

The Washington Generals have written a letter to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, inviting him to coach or play in an exhibition game on December 27th against the Harlem Globetrotters. The invitation was a response to an email Gilbert sent to NBA commissioner David Stern, who stopped a Chris Paul to the Lakers trade citing “basketball reasons.” In his email, Gilbert said such a trade would make 25 of the 30 teams in the league just like the Washington Generals. The Generals have lost over 13,000 exhibition games to the Globetrotters.

Here is the invitation from the Generals to Gilbert (click twice to enlarge):

I’d love to see Gilbert play in the game and get pushed around. He is so petty and such a jerk, that would be nice retribution.

Thanks to Hot Clicks for sharing the story.

Dan Gilbert Emails David Stern to Complain About Chris Paul Trade ‘Travesty’

Dan Gilbert is back on his internet machine and firing off angry emails, only this one involved far less Comic Sans font than the last one. The Cavs owner sent an email to commissioner David Stern Thursday to protest the Chris Paul to the Lakers trade.

Here’s what he wrote, according to an email obtained by Yahoo! Sports:

Commissioner,

It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.

This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.

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LeBron James and Dan Gilbert Reflect on Twitter After Miami Heat Lose NBA Finals

After LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat last summer, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert boldly stated his team would win a championship before LeBron. The prediction seemed asinine (and I still believe it is), but after the Heat lost the NBA Finals Gilbert was ready to kick dirt in LeBron’s face. Rather than get his comic sans font ready for fire, this time Gilbert sent off a tweet from his BlackBerry:

I’m guessing Gilbert isn’t genuinely happy for Dallas as much as he’s happy that Dallas kept LeBron from winning a title. Gilbert’s style isn’t to congratulate but rather to be spiteful. LeBron meanwhile reflected on twitter and was much more pensive than you might expect, alluding to a higher power.

“The Greater Man upstairs know when it’s my time. Right now isn’t the time,” James wrote.

For someone who’s made Karma references in the past, it’s not too surprising to see LeBron get spiritual to explain what happened. Dallas was the better team, and they employed a great defensive scheme to stop the Heat. Miami and LeBron will get their championships in time and James knows that. He’s taking a positive approach as he reflects on the failure of the season, and that’s not easy to do.

Nick Gilbert Earns Street Cred with ‘Gang Sign’ After Cavs Win NBA Draft Lottery

The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to have Nick Gilbert represent them at the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night. Nick is the son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, and the 14-year-old was born with a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. Not only did Nick raise awareness for Neurofibromatosis with his appearance, but he also won the hearts of viewers with his charisma. Oh yeah, he also picked up some nice street credit by throwing up what some people interpreted to be a gang sign.

For instance, Wizards center JaVale Mcgee, tweeting under his alter-ego of “Pierre,wrote on twitter “He just thru up gang signs for the number 1 pick…. Dan Gilbert son a gangsta.”

Like I said, kid picked up some serious street cred with his appearance. Oh yeah, he also helped the Cavs (with his good luck?) get the #1 and #4 pick in the draft. The top pick came from the Clippers in the Baron Davis trade and it only had a 2.8% chance of winning. It’s OK, the Cavs will find a way to screw it up. If not because of their bad moves, but because the pick is partially cursed because of its ties to the Clippers.

Picture courtesy of Jose 3030 on twitter who is a must follow if you already aren’t.