Posts Tagged ‘Dan Gilbert’

Cleveland newspaper welcomes LeBron home

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami back in 2010, folks in and around the Cleveland area didn’t take it so well. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wrote a famously fiery letter to Cavs fans, while the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper created a cover image that was both memorable and blunt:

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But with today’s announcement that LeBron was returning to Cleveland, the Plain Dealer has released their cover for tomorrow’s paper, with a memorable image celebrating LeBron’s journey home…

Kyrie Irving celebrates his contract extension

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The first real news of last night’s free agency period came not from a report or an agent, but directly from the principles involved, as Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and point guard Kyrie Irving tweeted news of a long-term contract extension…

According to our David Aldridge, it’s a 5-year, $90 million extension for Irving, a max deal for the 22-year-old point guard. And how does one celebrate such a huge deal? Late last night, Kyrie’s former high school teammate Dexter Strickland posted the following video on Instagram with the caption, “5 o’clock this morning this dude wakes me up, I’m half sleep tryna celebrate with him lol, yal congratulate my brother @k1irving! #DreamsComeTrue”

A Night At The NBA Draft Lottery

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in New York City, a handful of NBA franchises looking for a little luck gathered in Times Square to try and beat the odds. That’s right, it’s the annual NBA Draft lottery, where the best of the worst vie for the first pick in the NBA Draft. I showed up and brought my cell phone camera along with me to see what went down behind the scenes.

Let’s get to the pictures …

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I arrived in Times Square right around 6:30 p.m. and fought my way over to the ABC Studios, where they shoot “Good Day America” or “Today This Morning” or whatever they call it — one of those morning shows that airs when I’m still asleep. There’s never really a good time to be in Times Square, because it is consistently crowded and busy and bustling, but 6:30 p.m. must be just about the worst time. Add in that it was humid and in the mid-80s today, and Times Square felt a bit like being stuck in a mosh pit. Or at the bottom of a mosh pit. (more…)

Cavs Fan Makes Video, Wins Trip To NBA Draft Lottery


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We already know Cavs owner Dan Gilbert can get as passionate as any fan, so it wasn’t a huge surprise when he announced via Twitter a contest to bring a lucky Cavs fan along with him to New York City for tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery.

I’m not sure how many submissions Gilbert received, but it’s hard to argue with the winning video he selected, which was submitted by Cavaliers fan Roy Tate Moore…
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Funny stuff. And via his Twitter feed from this morning, sounds like Roy’s already doing his part…

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(via TBJ)

Conventional wisdom: June 10th

by Micah Hart

After each game day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is the current favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on its jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Friday, June 10.

Start planning the parade:

Dallas Mavericks

These Mavs know what they are doing, and clearly, they have figured out that they work best when they play from behind. Dallas just can’t stand the sight of prosperity; they have to be the underdog or everything falls apart.

Still don’t think the Mavericks are a team of destiny? Did you see the shots they were hitting in Game 5?

The Mavs are a very good team playing very good basketball right now, but most importantly, they are in the Heat’s heads, and ultimately, that mind control will end up putting them in control (once they get behind by a few buckets) in Game 6 and finally putting this thing away.

Give it up already:

Miami Heat

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The Heat? Not so much. For the second (third?) straight game, LeBron James disappeared in the clutch, and he could have had a quintuple-double and still no one would care when he only scores two (and a relatively meaningless two at that) points in the fourth quarter. This time, Dwyane Wade wasn’t there to save him.

You reap what you sew? LeBron is one game from reaping the hell out of what he sewed last summer. Dan Gilbert must be happier than a pig in slop.

Some sports psychologist is going to make an awful nice living shrinking King James’ head in the offseason to find out what makes him shrivel up like a raisin when the stakes get high. At least it’s only one more game before the nightmare ends.

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Just another routine play by a routine guy

by Zettler Clay

For all the carnage that LeBron James wreaks on the offensive end — as Kyle Korver can attest — his work on the other end often plays second fiddle. Although he was named to the NBA All-Defensive team for the third time this season, it’s easy to forget how well he works in that facet.

So when Carlos Boozer came barreling down the lane with Dan Gilbert’s best friend coming to challenge, those on the “LeBron Sucks” train prepared their schadenfreude mix, poured it into a sports bottle and toasted, before this happened:

Well then. Not even a Boozer right-arm push-off could prevent ‘Bron from adding to his copious reel. I hope the seats on that aforementioned train is comfortable, patrons. Or at least comfortable enough to last until Game 4 on Tuesday.

What’s not to like?

by Micah Hart


Normally, the NBA Draft lottery is useful for only one interesting piece of information; namely, who gets the top pick.

That wasn’t the case this year, as everyone in America fell in love with Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert‘s 14-year old son Nick, who represented the Cavs at the lottery drawing.

Nick Gilbert, who suffers from a nerve disorder that can cause tumors to grow in his body at any time, won the room over (and the nation) during the evening, when he answered ESPN’s question about how he feels about his father calling him his hero, saying, “What’s not to like?”

The phrase became an instant hit, repeated several times over during the course of the night’s events, which oh-by-the-way culminated in the Cavaliers hitting the jackpot, moving up from the eight spot (originally the Clippers’ pick, which they acquired as part of the Baron Davis-Mo Williams swap at the trade deadline) to No. 1 in the Draft pecking order.

T-shirt maker Fresh Brewed Tees capitalized on the growing popularity of Nick’s catch-phrase, introducing a t-shirt (right) to commemorate the occasion and donating five dollars of every one sold to support The Children’s Tumor Foundation, for which Nick is an ambassador. As of this posting, the shirts have already raised nearly $40,000 dollars for the organization.

Well done everyone, all around.

UPDATE: The t-shirt has been a big hit, but the $40,000 figure is actually how much the campaign for the CTF has raised in total, not simply from sales of the shirt (which, by the way, Gilbert the father has said he will match dollar-for dollar). It’s not too late to donate to the cause either, as they have extended the drive through this coming Friday, May 27.

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Did Isiah Thomas just one-up Dan Gilbert?

by Micah Hart

You may recall earlier this summer, a certain member of the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to ply his trade elsewhere. You may also recall that the owner of said franchise did not take it too kindly, and made a bold prediction as to the championship prospects of both the Cavs and Heat, like so:

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

Surely that would be the most ludicrous championship guarantee this calendar year, yes? Not so fast, says Isiah Thomas.

In an interview with Ian O’Connor for ESPNNewYork.com today, the former Knicks exec and current coach at Florida International discussed his tenure in New York, which according to him may not be entirely over. The relevant text:

Isiah believes that, with or without James, he will someday help the Knicks win their first NBA title since 1973.

“I want to be on the float and I want to get my ring,” Thomas said.

Hmmm, Isiah coming back to run the Knicks. What say you, Knicks fans?

Whose proclamation is more likely to come to fruition’?

On the one hand, the Cavs seem pretty far from a title right now after the LeBron devastation. They are old, they don’t have a lot of cap space, and the Heat could win a title as early as this season. Things look pretty bleak.

On the other hand, the sheer audacity of the notion of Isiah coming back to run the Knicks after the tattered mess he left during his previous tenure is staggering. Say what you want about Dan Gilbert‘s statement, but at least he has a team. If New York let Isiah so much as run their fantasy league, I think Knicks fans would seriously consider moving to New Jersey.

What do you think?

Vote now — and give your opinion in the comments after.

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