Oh, Dan Gilbert, what will he do next? By this point you have probably read that Gilbert, who is the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Robert Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns reportedly torpedoed a potential breakthrough in the ongoing labor dispute. Dave McMenamin broke the story on ESPN.com:
Owners and players initially found reason for optimism during Tuesday’s meetings. Commissioner David Stern and Peter Holt, the head of the owners’ executive committee, felt that the players’ proposal to take 52 or 53 percent of basketball-related income, compared to 57 under the previous agreement, was basically fair, sources said.
Owners were seriously considering coming off of their demand for a salary freeze and would allow players’ future earnings to be tied into the league’s revenue growth, a critical point for players. The owners also were willing to allow the players to maintain their current salaries, without rollbacks, sources said.
But when the owners left the players to meet among themselves for around three hours, Cleveland’s Dan Gilbert and Phoenix’s Robert Sarver expressed their dissatisfaction with many of the points, sources said. The sources said that the Knicks’ James Dolan and the Lakers’ Jerry Buss were visibly annoyed by the hardline demands of Gilbert and Sarver.
Tuesday’s meeting went from productive to dead in the water in no time at all thanks, allegedly, to Gilbert and Sarver. It is clear that they are fully in favor of a hard cap so that they can have a stop-gap measure in place to protect themselves from overpaying players that do not deserve it. (Funny that both of these franchises had Shaquille O’Neal on their rosters long after his career began to wane.) Not only do they want to protect themselves but they want more money out of a new collective bargaining agreement. It is not like the players do anything important for the sport anyway.
What is interesting is that the owners now look to be the ones in trouble after this report was released. For weeks it was the players and Billy Hunter who were disjointed and at odds with each other as agents vied to undercut Hunter and push for union decertification, which they are still angling for. However, a rift is possibly growing within the ranks of the owners as two larger market owners were “visibly annoyed” that Gilbert and Saver would not relent on their stance so that talks could move forward.
With all this seemingly negative press swirling around it was only a matter of time before the outspoken Gilbert responded. Late Thursday evening he tweeted:
Some of these NBA ‘bloggissists’ flat-out make stuff up and then try to dupe readers into believing their fiction is real. Sad & pathetic.
Challenging the journalistic credibility of a respected writer is bad enough but making up a word and insulting basically the entire internet is a whole other level. Does Gilbert know that ‘bloggissists’ will be quick to point out every “sad & pathetic” thing that he has done throughout his tenure as the owner of the Cavaliers? Needless to say, Twitter went crazy after his tweet hit the timeline. Quickly @Bloggissist was created and even the Dallas Mavericks’ Brian Cardinal got in on the fun. If Gilbert’s goal was to make himself the punchline of every lockout joke for the duration of the dispute then he succeeded mightily.
Now, since this is a post by a bloggissist (Really? That is the word he came up with? Is he part Don King or something?) it is time to dupe the readers into thinking fiction is real. For example: the Cavaliers have won an NBA title. The teams that Gilbert paid for to surround LeBron James were really good. James planned to stay with the Cavaliers all along since he is from Ohio. J.J. Hickson is not tradable. Comic Sans is the world’s best font.
See how easy that was? You believe all of those fictitious remarks to be facts now, do you not? Oh? You do not? Hmm…oh well, sorry. That was just sad and pathetic. Almost as sad and pathetic as this:
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.
If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Sleep well, Cleveland.
Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….
I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:
DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….
Remember that, Dan? Not sad and pathetic at all. Please feel free to take all the cheap shots you want, all of us bloggissits just want an NBA season. Apparently, that is just too much to ask for.