LeBron Rips Cavs Owner Gilbert In Interview

MIAMI (AP/WFAN) If King James wasn’t feeling the New York love, he sure wasn’t feeling any Cavs love either as a hot-off-the-presses GQ article reveals.  Adding a new layer to the rift between LeBron James and Dan Gilbert, the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP and new Miami Heat forward has told GQ magazine that he isn’t sure the Cleveland Cavaliers owner “ever cared” about him during their time together.

In an article released Tuesday, James spoke of how widespread criticism of his decision – and how he chose to make it a television event – is fueling him this offseason, plus reiterated how Ohio will always remain his home.

But perhaps his sharpest words were reserved for Gilbert, the owner who lashed out at him shortly after James announced that he would be joining the Heat.

“I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron,” James is quoted as saying. “My mother always told me: ‘You will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You’ll get a good sense of their character.’ Me and my family have seen the character of that man.”

Gilbert did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

James made similar remarks on the night Miami signed him to a six-year contract, doing so while sitting alongside the other two legs of the Heat superstar triangle, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Gilbert was clearly scorned by James’ choice, firing off a now-infamous letter to Cleveland fans describing it all as “a shameful display of selfishness and betrayal.” He called James “narcissistic” and “self-promotional” and vowed the Cavaliers would win a championship before “the self-titled former king.”

Further, in an interview the same night with The Associated Press, Gilbert said he felt James quit on Cleveland during the 2009 and 2010 playoffs. Gilbert was ultimately fined $100,000 by the NBA for what commissioner David Stern said were comments that fell into the category of being “a little extreme.”

In the GQ article, James took exception to the “quitter” tag.

“Every night on the court I give my all, and if I’m not giving 100 percent, I criticize myself,” James said.

He added that he’s looking forward to seeing the Cavaliers as opponents this season.

“I do have motivation,” James told GQ. “A lot of motivation.”

Among other highlights from the article:

– James said he wouldn’t change any part of “The Decision,” the made-for-TV event in Greenwich, Conn. where he announced his playing plans to an audience of about 10 million viewers. The hourlong show made $2.5 million for Boys & Girls Clubs. “When I found out I had an opportunity to do that for those kids, it was a no-brainer,” James said.

– Despite his feuding with Gilbert, James thinks that if he could ever play for the Cavaliers again someday, it would be “a great story.”

– James explained he’s always had an uneasy relationship with Cleveland because he’s from Akron, a half-hour away. “It’s not far, but it is far,” James said. “And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us. … So we didn’t actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There’s a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day.”

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  • BigPete

    “I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron,”. I’ll ignore the creepy third person reference and get right to the point.

    Dan Gilbert overreacted to LeBrons’ “decision” and should have taken the high road. James’ did more to damage his reputation with that debacle on ESPN than any letter he wrote could have.

    As far Gilbert “liking” LeBron, I guess building a $25 million practice facility, employing LeBrons’ friend(paying him the equivalent of what an NBA assistant coach EARNS), forming a professional partnership with the James “brand”, and finally firing Mike Brown, isn’t enough stroking to LeBrons’ ego, then the people in Miami are in big trouble.

    I can’t wait for the first instance when LeBrons’ team approaches Heat management when they feel Wade is getting more “love” from the organization than LeBron.

  • tshake

    No what’s a slap in the face – is AFTER giving your all while NOT getting the help you need by the owner to help you win… he blasts you AFTER you choose to leave….HAD he said those things prior too then there is NO show!

    Gilbert THEN looks like a “man” instead of a scorned young female, IF the “fans” were TRUE and really thought he quit – they SHOULDN’T have wanted him back anyway and shouldve said something PRIOR TOO the show and then there is NO show!

    LeBron hadn’t returned a call to Gilbert, since the end of the season….Can Gilbert NOT take a hint??? jeez…IF he really cared about the fans HE could’ve let them know PRIOR too the show and there is NO show!

    LeBron had a choice to make, made millions when he made the choice – BECAUSE he didnt pick YOUR team doesn’t make it “worng”…those KIDS don’t think it was wrong!!!!!!!

  • Mav De leon

    It’s the way he announced leaving Cleveland, via one-hour TV Special… that’s wrong and it’s like a slap in the face. Lebron can go to any team, but an hour-long TV special?

  • Willy

    How can you take someone seriously when they constantly refer to them self in the third person? LeBron ALWAYS uses the third person. He should have went to college.

    • tshake

      Why?…..college DOESN’T teach you to not speak in the third person…

      nothing is “wrong” with it – its just looked down upon in general as being vain.

      LeBron IS vain – so he is actually speaking “correctly”

      college is meant to find your way and earn a good living – he HAS that!!!

  • LakersFan4EVA

    The only therapy for narcissistic personality disorder is long term individual psychotherapy, probably for the rest of his life, but I’m sure he doesn’t think he has any problems since he is above everyone looking down. His ego will forever prevent him from winning championships…you have to be a little humble to win in the NBA.

    • tshake

      ah!!…have you ever heard of Michael Jordan… (or Kobe Bryant)???

      they can be called alot of things…..BUT “humble” WILL NOT be one of them>

  • Sexi

    Very well said Cheneetot08. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • jeroly

    Boy what a way to combat charges of narcissism: talk about yourself in the third person!

    James is seriously in need of therapy. He’ll probably get a dose of reality therapy this season when he once again falls short of a title despite having some great players on his team. He has shown no ability to persevere through adversity and quit on his team in the playoffs last year – everybody else could see it even if he couldn’t.

    • tshake

      So WHY do you want him back???? IF you think he quit you should be happy he took his game elsewhere….

      He simply faced a BETTER team, period. JUST as you say he will not win next year with “great” players THEN HOW did you expect him to win with just “above-average” players??????

  • http://www.my-top-choices.com. cheneetot08

    Well said, what happened in the Lebron controversy has made an impression to us all, specially to the Cav’s franchise, Lebron and Dan Gilbert. Both parties had their lapses and misunderstanding. They all had their own issues, I guess it’s time we put an end to it and focus on the real story. Which is what to come when the seasons starts.

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