Although Dan Gilbert certainly did himself [and his NBA franchise] no favours, in the shockingly poor way he elected to handle the immediate aftermath of The Decision …
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.
The most effective way for the Cavaliers to re-start their collective engine is to emphasize the solid talent level of the good young players on their current roster …
EXHIBIT A, Part I
EXHIBIT A, Part II
… while, simultaneously, losing a tonne of regular season games … for, at least, the next 2 years … and looking ahead to the ever-increasing possibility of securing the rights to the No. 1 [overall] Selection in the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Cavaliers now have [i] a proven NBA head coach and 3 young core players with whom their team can grow, while moving forward.