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LeBron James: Mum on Cavs Owner

7/12/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LeBron James gave very short answers -- but answers nonetheless -- to a series of questions our photog asked him in NYC yesterday ... but he didn't utter a word when asked about his former boss, Dan Gilbert. 

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Maybe he thinks Jesse Jackson said enough already.

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16.

EMET    

EMET... (Look it up in Hebrew)

Never been a Jesse Jackson fan, but he called this one with TRUTH. This is LBJ's job/profession and to everyone else this is a form of entertainment. He has the right to the pursuit of happiness which he obviously could not find in Cleveland. He is a grown, free man and the Cav's Honcho's attitude proves that LBJ made the right decision. Still a Cleveland Fan though. Harvey knows this is right even if Jesse had to say it.

1375 days ago
17.

havok    

For Dan Gilbert to say the things he did shows he’s a hypocrite and has no class. LeBron had a 7-year contract with Cleveland that he more than lived up to and decided to change jobs when it ended. Something most people do 2 or 3 times in that same time frame. Dan Gilbert made millions off of LeBron and would have just traded him in a few years when the next young hot player came along.

I don’t even like LBJ but I respect the smart business decision he made.

1375 days ago
18.

HumanNature    

That uncouth Cavs owner is NOT A VERY SMART BUSINESS PERSON!!!

NOBODY, I MEAN NOBODY WILL EVER SIGN WITH THE CAVS!!!

NOT A BIG NAME BASKETBALL PLAYER!!!

That dumb azz owner just shot himself in the HEAD!!!!

WHAT A STUPID JERK!!!!

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE ANYONE CHANGE THEIR JOB????

I'm also, LOOKING FOR A NEW GIG, BABY!!!!

1375 days ago
19.

Laurie    

@humannature - you are an idiot, no one is Cleveland is mad because he left, or denied him the right to leave. They are disappointed he left, and PISSED & DEVASTATED because of the callous way that he did it. You obviously do not know the sports pain of Clevelanders. He led all 6 teams on, when he had no intention of going anywhere but Miami. His ginormous ego is the problem. What other athlete has a 1 hour special, using charity as the excuse, to kick his hometown fans in the gut? Think about it...remember Karma is a b*%$#, and LBJ will be sorry for what he did someday when he is older and more mature. I think Dan Gilbert is a hero to Cleveland fans because he said what we were all thinking and feeling, however impulsive it was, it was heartfelt. Viva la Gilbert!

1375 days ago
20.

snaffuu'    

LeBron loses the games against the Celtic's on purpose & get's a free pass from the NBA ????????????????? LeBron threw those playoff games, I agree w/Gilbert, watch the tapes for yourself, it's fine to leave as a free agent but it's against the rules to purposely dump games,....LeBron should be suspended w/out pay & asked to take a lie detector test.....The Proof is in the puddin'....watch the tapes......!!!!!!!!!!

1375 days ago
21.

Vonn    

Lebron was not mean or deceptive in free agency. He did not lead anyone on. In the past contract negotiations have been known to fall apart at the last minute. Lebron is a smart businessman, he had enough smarts to keep his options open until the deal was sealed. He may have wanted to go to Miami all along, but it was not definite until the contract was signed. Lebron's career could be over @ any given moment & he needs to look out for the best interest of his family.

P.S.

I am not a Lebron James fan, just logical.

1375 days ago
22.

GatorMom    

Leave the guy alone, he has the right to play where he wants. Cleveland needs to get over it and move on.

1375 days ago
23.

HumanNature    

Laurie

Please do a spell check for you post, dummie!!!

What's the difference of mad, PISSED & DEVASTATED?? It's all the same. If that idiot owner Gilbert had any BUSINESS SENSE, he would have built a POWER HOUSE TEAM AROUND LBJ!!!

LBJ WAS THE FACE OF THE CAVS!!!

LBJ ask for help but the OWNER DID NOT PROVIDE OR PRODUCE THE TYPE OF LEADERSHIP THAT HE DESERVE!!!

ONE MAN CAN NOT WIN A GAME OR CHAMPIONSHIP BY HIMSELF!!!

IT'S A TEAM EFFORT!!!

To the owner, it's all about $$$$$ and you kool-aid drinking FANS do not get it!!!!

Apparently, $$$$$ was not on LBJ mind but CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!

LBJ did what was best for himself!!!

And the way the Cleveland FANS reacted shows YOU WAS NOT A FAN OF LBJ AFTER ALL!!!!

LBJ GAVE CLEVELAND 7 BEAUTIFUL, HARD WORKING BASKETBALL YEARS!!!!

AND YOU KNOW IT BUT REFUSE TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS!!!!

NOW, He's GONE AND YOU CLEVELAND FANS WILL NEVER AND I MEAN NEVER, WILL EVER HAVE ANOTHER GREAT PLAYER TO GRACE YOUR SPORTS ARENA, AGAIN!!!!!

Now, what person in their right mind will want to work for a DEAD END JOB BUT YOU, CLEVELAND FANS!!!!

Mark my words, the CAVS will be moving to another state, city, SOON!!!

Dumb azz business owner, GILBERT!!!

1375 days ago
24.

electriczipper    

lebron was not good enough to get the ring for Cleveland so he left to ride on dewayne wades coattails.The cavs surrounded him with the best players and they got him to the playoffs and he couldnt handle winning the big one so he gave up and quit..Just like he quit cleveland.He is a punk

1375 days ago
25.

HumanNature    

Stop drinking that DUMB AZZ GILBERT'S KOOL-AID!!!!

LBJ did not THROW NO GAMES!!!

IT TAKES A TEAM EFFORT TO WIN GAMES AND CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!!

WHERE WAS THE REST OF THE FREAKING TEAM????

SITTING ON THEIR NON PLAYING AZZ!!!!!

THAT CAVS OWNER BLOWING SMOKE WHEN THERE IS NO FIRE!!!!!

HE DESERVE TO LOSE LBJ WITH HIS "NO" BUSINESS SENSE!!!!

1375 days ago
26.

dan the man    

A few thoughts about LBJ's "Situation", no pun intended.

1) LBJ, Wade, & Bosh will win multiple rings during the duration of his contract. His decision to join Miami will be considered a success when it is all said and done. I will not say they will win the title their 1st year together. Hopefully, as an avid Chicago Bulls fan, they don't become a dynasty of epic proportions reached only a few times in NBA history. BTW, & off topic, Derrick Rose is a future superstar, can you say 21 yr. old most athletic PG of all time?

2) The issue people have that has hurt the LBJ brand is the WAY he decided to leave his home state team. Instead of having an hour long ESPN special to announce his "decision" and going to professional meetings with the six teams he considered joining in t-shirts and shorts while walking arrogantly like he knows he will be making $100 million over the next five years, LeBron should take another budding superstar Kevin Durant's approach to announcing a new contract by acting humbly and like a professional. All Durant did was announce his decision on his Twitter. LeBron should act more humble, but who am I to decide how to deal with the Media and the spotlight? LBJ knows he made enemies and until he wins his first title, people will not look at him in a positive light.

3) Jesse Jackson is an idiot. Comparing Cav's owner Dan Gilbert to a slave master in these days and age is preposterous and mind boggling. The attitudes of race in the business world is 360... degrees to what it was when slavery was rampant. Anyone in the professional world will tell you that it is about what you bring to the table regarding a job opening, and not race. Dan Gilbert, when writing the letter, was extremely upset that the NBA's back to back MVP and whom made him a lot of money, left his team. Having "The Decision" on ESPN only further angered Gilbert because I think he knows a player of LBJ's playing ability will never wear a Cav's jersey again. As Joakim Noah once said, Cleveland is by no means a top tier city in the US.

1375 days ago
27.

dan the man    

Human Nature, please stop writing in CAPS. It's makes what you write look childish. Also, don't bash Laurie, she has her opinions and you have yours. Why don't you learn how to spell correctly, as you asked Laurie to do? Last time I checked using AZZ in your comment over 50 times is ignorant. If you didn't know, it is spelled ass.

1375 days ago
28.

HumanNature    

dan the man

APPARENTLY, WRITING IN CAPS GOT YOUR ATTENTION AND YOU WAS ABLE TO READ MY OPINION!!!!

PLEASE LOOK IN THE MIRROR, CHILD!!!!

I believe you have the situation turn around. I DID NOT attack Laurie but she ATTACK ME FOR MY PERSONAL OPINION.

I BELIEVE I WAS ATTACKING THE OWNER FOR HIS "NO" BUSINESS SENSE, child!!!!

IF YOU EVER TEXT MESSAGE, AZZ IS ASS, CHILD!!!!

1375 days ago
29.

Laurie    

@humannature People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Wow, I spelled one word wrong ("is" instead of "in") and you criticize? If you are referring to "ginormous", it's a made up word, moron. Your grammar is hideous and you can't spell at all. I'm pretty sure you don't even know what a complete sentence is. People who shout in all upper case are uneducated. Like I said before, I don't have a problem with LeBron leaving, it is with the classless way he did it.

1375 days ago
30.

HumanNature    

Laurie

If you have to make up a word when the dictionary is filled with thousand and thousand of words then you are a DUMMIE!!!!

TO YOU AND THE REST OF THE PEOPLE THAT VIEW UPPER CASE AS SHOUTING IS DOWN RIGHT LUDICROUS!!!

TYPING IN UPPER CASE TO ME IS LAZY EASY AND I HOPE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO READ MY POST!!!

Furthermore, I HOPE THAT MY UNEDUCATED POST GOT YOUR ATTENTION, again!!!!

Far as LBJ leaving Cleveland, HE DID IT "HIS" WAY!!!!

Smooches!!!!

1375 days ago
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