Friday, July 9, 2010

Bron Bron... a Go Go

After seeing one of the most surreal letters imaginable from a boss to a former employee (in this case Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to NBA superstar Lebron James) is it any wonder he left? Here is a sampling (but imagine this hatred in the form of comic sans, which I guess Dan didn't realize was a font meant for 5 year old birthday cards):

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.

And he somehow got more childish during a follow up phone interview (via ESPN):

"It's not about him leaving. It's the disrespect. It's time for people to hold these athletes accountable for their actions. Is this the way you raise your children? I've been holding this all in for a long time."

Gilbert said James quit on the Cavs during their second-round series against the Boston Celtics, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit to eliminate Cleveland. "He quit," Gilbert said. "Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape.

The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar."

Good luck not needing to overpay any player by 10% on a going forward basis to play for you Dan!

The best thing about this move (outside of getting to watch one of the best players EVER with teammates who can actually play) has been the reaction I've witnessed from a sampling of friends. New Yorkers have called it a shame for the parity of the game (this mainly coming from Yankees fans!) and former Ohio residents calling him a sell-out (but these former Ohio residents did exactly what he did - they moved for new opportunity, a better job, new environment, and [perhaps] to get away from a disasterous boss).

And they are not alone... Dan's "lesson for Cleveland's children" has been ignored by local residents for 90 years (below is a chart of Cleveland's population and Cleveland's population as a percent of total US population).



Why should this be any different for Lebron, a 25 year old who has lived in the same area his entire life and has the chance to do something different?

Source: InfoPlease