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A common refrain across the NBA landscape is LeBron James and Dan Gilbert have zero relationship.
In fact, even though James returned to Cleveland from Miami in the summer of 2014 and has led the Cavaliers to four consecutive NBA Finals, including the 2016 NBA championship — and Gilbert has spent more than any owner in the sport — popular sentiment has the two not even on speaking terms.
According to James himself, that is simply not true.
“It’s not about me and Dan — we have a great working relationship,” James told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “It’s not like we’re not the best friends, and I don’t think you should be best friends with a player, and an owner shouldn’t be best friends unless I’m your father and that’s my son, and, OK, cool we could be great then.
“But I think it’s worked out for us both in these four years so far since I’ve been back.”
James has stayed true to his vow to not discuss his plans for next season until this season ends. However, he said he’s very much comfortable with what the Cavaliers have accomplished since he returned home in 2014.
“I’ve tried to put this franchise at a level that is always seen in a positive light,” James said. “From a basketball standpoint, from a social standpoint, from a brand standpoint. I get a lot of the light and the headlines, but I’m one, as long as I’m here playing for this franchise, when you see the Cavaliers, I want you to think of prestige and a great organization.”
Nichols then asked James if his relationship with Gilbert would play a part in whatever he decides in regards to his future, he replied, “We’re going to see.”