CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wishes he could take back that guarantee about winning an NBA title before LeBron James.
When James left Cleveland for Miami as a free agent in July 2010, Gilbert famously predicted in a letter to fans that his Cavs would win a championship before James got one with the Heat. Well, that ended in June when James led Miami to a finals win over Oklahoma City.
Before the Cavs opened their season Tuesday night, Gilbert said the guarantee “was not the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
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Gilbert also said in hindsight he would have handled James’ situation differently. He said the lesson learned is that “you can not risk going into a summer and having them (a player) leave in unrestricted free agency and get nothing back for it.”