Nobody doesn’t remember that Dan Gilbert wrote this back in July:
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.
And then stood by his words months later. So we’re getting another letter shortly after the Heat wrap this thing up on Tuesday, right? Otherwise, what’s a ‘personal guarantee’? What’s a guy’s word worth? Why even have words?
Why even have banks, either? So another thing Gilbert should write is a check. Actually, a bunch of them, first to everybody who bought a ticket to a Cavs game in 2010-11, on the basic premise that when you react to an event that depresses your customers by promising those customers that your NBA team is going to do something that will cure their depression (“take it to the bank”), you have every reason to expect those folks to become less depressed and spend more money on your basketball team as a result, even if you didn’t intend to influence their behavior with your promise.
Also, another bunch of bigger checks to people who were forced to put up with the wild mood swings of the folks who let themselves get all whipped up by Gilbert’s self-serving LeBron demonization campaign. How else is anyone going to take anything to the bank here?
Word up to rich A-holes.
You don’t have to have been caught up in any self-serving demonization campaigns to understand the quote of the day, from Daniel Gibson:
“I don’t think great players should feel the need to say this about a team or say that about a team. I think what it all boils down to if you’re great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you’re great. And you wouldn’t have to let it be known that everybody else was less great.
“Great players shouldn’t have to do that.
“So I feel like it’s kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn’t die down in those moments.”
Nor to enjoy 100 Reasons To Hate the Miami Heat at SB Nation.
Which is all for today. Hope everyone has a decent one and that the discussion of how we’ll spend our Gilbert checks can start here.