Dan Gilbert has classy words for departing LeBron

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had nothing but great things to say about LeBron James, who is leaving the Cavs for a second time.

Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has made his first comments since the departure of LeBron James from the Cavs to the Los Angeles Lakers was announced Sunday night.

This time, it was not in Comic Sans and unlike when James left the first time in 2010, Gilbert sent the best player on the planet on his way with a classy message.

Gilbert’s statement:

“We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see… A championship that united generations of Clevelanders, both living and passed.

Virtually anyone with roots in Northeast Ohio paused and felt the memories of the past and the utter joy that the burden of the so-called ‘curse’ was finally a thing of the past. Cleveland, Ohio was the home of a championship team for the first time since 1964. Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio.

None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances.

LeBron is a family man, first. We wish his kids, his wife Savannah, his mother Gloria, and LeBron himself nothing but the best in the years and decades ahead. LeBron’s connection to Akron, Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio will most certainly endure as his commitment to the region and his support of many important causes has been impactful to so many kids and families.

LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line…”

Dan Gilbert
Chairman
Cleveland Cavaliers

1 Comment on "Dan Gilbert has classy words for departing LeBron"

  1. Nicely written. I think Dan is also ready to leave tax hell and get back below the tax threshold sooner than later. The sad part about it he didn’t learn from the first time. He hired a rookie GM (Grant) to rebuild the team and he failed. Altman of off to a similar start!

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