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Here's the letter that can be found on Cavs.com:

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


Mike Saver 7/08/2010 11:35:00 PM Edit
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13 Responses so far.

  1. tb727 says:

    Omg, have the riots started in Cleveland yet?! Wow that's intense!

  2. I'm pumped up. GO CAVS!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    the cavs are sore losers.... lebron has a better chance winning a ring elsewhere. don't be selfish guys. its just business....

  4. Anonymous says:

    LOL, so funny. a loser owner who couldn't deliver one all-star to the best player alive is gonna win a championship with mo will and Jamison. good luck with that.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The CAVS owner is a JOKE! Be more professional and move on LOSER

  6. ThomasJ says:

    Nice fantasy to sell tickets. In reality you don't win a championship these days without more than one star player. The Cavs now have none. Good luck.

  7. Karl says:

    I can't believe he wrote that, pretty cool. BUt dumb to guarantee a title. Unless Lebron doesn't win any in his career I don't think he can back that up. Not going to win with Mo Williams as your best player.

  8. ThomasJ says:

    Just goes to show you just need money to be an owner, not maturity. What a foolish guarantee. I can't see the Cavs having a better shot than they did the last couple years.

    The way they built that team will haunt them now - no future with these players. Hell, you aren't going to win an NBA championship with Mo as your 2nd or even 3rd best player.

    And to think LeBron could have been running pick n rolls with Amare but they wouldn't part with JJ Hickson.

  9. Oh lighten up. LeBron just ripped out the heart of his hometown fans and peed on it on national television - the cruelest and most inexplicable move in sports history.

    I think Gilberts letter is great, and would be so happy as a Cavs fan.

  10. ThomasJ says:

    Good strategy by Gilbert, motivate the fan base with anger.

    He seems as silly as the guy burning a LeBron jersey.

  11. Bohemian says:

    It must feel bad to be a Cavs fan right now, but what Lebron did shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone...we all know that he is about his ego and that's all.

    Is Spoelstra going to coach these ego-maniacs or Pat "Mummy" Riley is coming on the rescue?? I don't think the Heat are better than the Lakers, let alone our Celtics. They don't scare me at all.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What the heck! Even if you guys joint forces together, you can never beat the C's. WooooOoOW!

  13. RoswellSounds says:

    Yeeeeessssss... The freaking clowns are going to the backstage. Make-up time, everybody! Don´t get mixed in a guy´s egotistical quest if you don´t wanna end up with huge shoes and a damn PVC nose in your face!

    Gilbert´s letter is not awesome. Just another stupidity done among the debris of what used to be called a "sport".

    Next: "David Stern is signed as the new Miami Heat coach. More to be announced after these money-leeching commercials..."

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