Cavs owner says James betrayed fans
CLEVELAND - Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said last night that LeBron James "quit'' during the playoffs and should be accountable for his actions.
Gilbert, who posted a letter to Cavs fans on the team's website shortly after James announced his plans to sign with Miami, told the Associated Press late last night that he feels "personally betrayed'' by James and that it's "accountability time."
In a phone interview with the AP, Gilbert said "people have covered up for [James] for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is.''
Gilbert said James quit on the Cavs during their second-round series against the Boston Celtics.
In the letter, Gilbert called the process on James' free agency "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.''
Gilbert told Cavs' fans: "You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
"I personally guarantee that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA championship before the self-titled former 'King' wins one.''
Gilbert promised that the "curse'' on Cleveland sports would follow James to Miami.
"The self-declared former 'King' will be taking the 'curse' with him down south,'' Gilbert wrote. "And until he does 'right' by Cleveland and Ohio, James will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.''
Gilbert finished the letter by promising to put his focus on bringing a championship to Cleveland with the Cavaliers.
"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 . . . ''