I was LeBron’d by the Cavs. I told them I’ll drive Alex [Jensen] to Cleveland in March and pay his salary, but I couldn’t lose him now, not when he was in with three recruits and four days before the season. Rick Majerus on the Cleveland Cavaliers and the timing of their hiring of his lead assistant coach at Saint Louis University, to which Jensen replied, “The timing of it was unfortunate, but it was a job I could not pass up.” (via Tom Reed)
No matter what [LeBron] James and the Miami Heat accomplish in the future — even if they end up making [Dan] Gilbert eat his infamous words guaranteeing a Cavs title before there’s a single parade held for the Heat — Gilbert’s business victory has already been assured. James has left the Cavaliers, but his seven seasons with the team played a valuable role in likely making sure Gilbert will become a permanent fixture on the Forbes 400 list — where he currently ranks 293rd at $1.5 billion, higher than at any time when James was an employee. Brian Windhorst on Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and his various business ventures (ESPN)
I think LeBron [James] has a better chance of making the NFL and being an impact player than Michael Jordan had of making it in Double-A baseball. I’d pay money to see him run routes. There’s no doubt, physically, that he has the skills - he’s is the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen, but there’s more than just the physical contact he’d worry about in a hypothetical transition. He’s [also] the mentally weakest person I’ve ever seen. Former Ohio State/Cleveland Browns linebacker Chris Spielman, via Columbus, Ohio radio - on LeBron James’ continual tease about playing in the NFL.
It’s also important to note that there’s something pretty foul about Gilbert making money off any NBA athletes while the Cavaliers refuse to let their players into the arena or practice facilities. As an owner, Gilbert is part of a group focused on keeping players from making money so they break and accept a deal that favors their employers. While the union gets paid during the lockout for any licensing agreement, Gilbert seems to want to have it both ways — pushing players to the brink with a hard-line stance and making money off them nonetheless — in situations like this one. How can he claim that players are making too much money to keep the NBA afloat when he’s perfectly willing to deal with them otherwise? […] It’s tempting to call his stances contradictory, except they’re both tied together by the desire to make money. Gilbert and the other owners are actually perfectly consistent. It’s their claims towards any sort of morality that feel off, not their business decisions. Is Dan Gilbert in the wrong for profiting from NBA players via Fathead? Y!’s Eric Freeman discusses this very point over at Ball Don’t Lie.