As if Dan Gilbert didn’t learn his lesson with LeBron’s Free Agency before, it looks as if he’s primed to make the same mistake once again. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported yesterday that Gilbert believes that he can build a championship team without LeBron.
Dan Gilbert believes that he can build a championship team without LeBron, and I think he is looking forward to trying. I don’t think he necessarily wants it to be next year, but I think Dan Gilbert would like to make a run of it.
If I knew how to change the font to Comic Sans MS for that quote, I would’ve.
Even though Windhorst has a well-documented history as LeBron’s mouthpiece, I have no doubt whatsoever that this is genuinely how Gilbert feels. The animosity between Gilbert and LeBron stems from both parties. While they were able to put their differences aside for LeBron’s return home from Miami, we all know Gilbert would love nothing more than to win a title without LeBron.
Whenever trouble arises within the Cavs organization, and there’s been plenty of that, everyone is always quick to blame everything on either Dan Gilbert or LeBron James. Honestly, it’s a double-edged sword. The clashing of ego’s between Gilbert and LeBron lead to a lot of the publicized issues we’ve seen, especially when it comes to free agency. Both LeBron and Gilbert are quick to subtly (or not so subtly) throw each other under the bus, even when just a little bit of compromise would go a long way.
Now, when it comes this specific Dan Gilbert patented, over-confident, ridiculous comment, there’s only one thing that needs to be said…
DAN GILBERT CAN HARDLY BUILD A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM EVEN WITH LEBRON.
Like I said, there’s blame to be placed on both sides, but it’s insane that we have to sit here and worry about the greatest player of all time leaving his hometown city FOR THE SECOND TIME solely because of the ownership.
The Warriors only had their parade yesterday and Dan Gilbert’s over here talking about how we’re a championship contender after LeBron leaves. Hey Dan, how about we try and keep LeBron first before you start spewing your nonsense again? Comments like these are exactly what drove LeBron away in the first place.
Should LeBron be more willing to work with the organization by letting them know his future intentions in order to build a better team? YES. Should Dan Gilbert accept the fact they’re not winning anything in the foreseeable future without LeBron? YES.
The ownership should’ve been focused on mending their broken relationship with LeBron these last four years and building some semblance of trust between the two. From the sound of it though, it feels like it’s exactly where it was back in 2010.