What a week!
I had to go out of town this week… while the Pumpkins came to Cleveland. I LOVE the Pumpkins.
Then, while out of town, I drove 3 hrs South (in NC/SC) to a small airport to save my company $200. Little did I know that by booking at the smaller airport, the rental would end up costing $150 MORE. Ugh.
Then, the flight was canceled. I had to spend the night. At a motel where the doors open to the outside parking lot. And just outside my door was a group of huge 200 lbs men hanging around a rape van that was running & the lights were shining just at the door to my room. Then, at 1:30am, someone starting banging on my door, yelling to open up.
I was so thankful when I finally got home around 5ish. 12-hr travel. I did tell the bartender (I was having b-fast at a sports bar) that I woke w/ a bad feeling this morning.
Now, Lebron is leaving. He decided the best way to do this is to hold everyone hostage, head out to CT, & waste an hour on national tv to tell us all. It was a pretty big Eff You. The worst part is we just blew our chance of picking up any other free agent this year. Now we gotta wait til next year! I think Carmello becomes a free agent next year. Doubt he’ll come over though.
What was pretty cool was Dan Gilbert’s letter though:
Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.
This was announced with a several day, 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.
Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
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.
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.
You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
You have given so much and deserve so much more.
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”
You can take it 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 by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.
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.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Sleep well, Cleveland.
Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….
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….
Ok, last thoughts tonight. Say a prayer for Oscar Grant’s fam & hope ppl of Oakland don’t riot. & be thankful there’s an antibody that kills 91% HIV strains.