LeBron James decided to sign in with the Los Angeles Lakers, and this triggered an avalanche of reactions. The Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was the first to send him a message.
Gilbert didn’t actually blast King James. He didn’t even say that the team would be better off without him. The Cavs owner had a rather tasteful approach, and thanked King James for his great contribution to his team. LeBron was part of the Cavs for 11 seasons, and he brought him the big title in 2016.
LeBron left the Cleveland Cavaliers twice, and Gilbert had nothing but good words for him. Here’s what he said:
“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…”
We’ll wait for LeBron’s response to this message.