Here Are The Revisions Dan Gilbert Made to his 2010 Open Letter about LeBron’s “Decision”

July 11, 2014 / by / 26 Comments

With LeBron James announcing his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, owner Dan Gilbert thought it would be best to finally clear the air of what he has called, “A huge misunderstanding with my good buddy, LeBron.” To do so, he has re-released a revised version of his infamous “LeBron is leaving” letter to show NBA fans across the globe that “the whole thing was just one crazy mix-up. Like a big game of telephone haha.” National Ave has managed to secure this letter.

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former beloved hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening right here, with all of us, we’re all friends! J is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic totally cool, self-promotional not at all a big deal 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. It was pretty rad!

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us, but not in a bitter or vindictive way. We’re just gonna miss our buddy, LBJ.

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. Just like LeBron. We’re pretty similar that way.

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. We’re pretty pumped in the most positive, totally not angry way!!!! J

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.LeBron is a good guy!

You have given so much and deserve so much more I’m glad we’re feeling good about the future.

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” AT SOME POINT EVENTUALLY, BUT WE ALSO HOPE OUR FOREVER FRIEND, HERO, AND MODEL OF VIRTUE CAN SUCCEED IN MIAMI AS WELL. HE DESERVES TO BE HAPPY!

You can take it I need to go 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 thought out, painful decision by one of our very own has not shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels. at all because we still want to win but have no reason to feel hard-pressed to do so. Everything’s cool! We just want to win one for you and not because of any other circumstances!

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. The religious scripture clearly states a man must leave the physical world to enter the spiritual realm. I think that’s an important thing to know for really no reason related to this.

This shocking reasonable act of disloyalty friendly decision-making from our home grown chosen one sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn about business acumen and making hard choices. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous totally, just completely cool action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio… uhhh…puppies are cute!

The self-declared former “King will be taking the “curse” nothing but our honest-to-God goodwill and best wishes with him down south. And until once he does as he continues to do “right” (I put it in parentheses because morality is relative, and I don’t like the ideas of “heroes” and “villians” J) by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma. hopefully experience nothing but pure joy and happiness, just as we experience with him as a Cavalier – and how we’re feeling right now!!!!!!

Just I’m excited to watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sleep well, Cleveland. You too LeBron! We know how you get stressed out worrying about helping people all of the time and being a stand-up guy!

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day. The high is supposed to be 85! #SunsOutGunsOut amirite?

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 – and wishing the best for our good friend and his teammates in Miami! We want everyone to win!!!

Dan Gilbert

Majority Owner

Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron’s Best Friend 🙂