Why Cavaliers fans should be optimistic

Tom Jackson
Jul 9, 2010

I know that everyone is mad about ol' what's his name leaving Cleveland. But when I woke up this morning and thought about the latest Cleveland sports disappointment, I realized that in the long run, I remain optimistic about the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That's because I realized that we still have the one essential element for a winning professional sports team — a rich, egomaniac owner who will do what it takes to win.

Think about it. Who has been the essential person at the New York Yankees — players such as Reggie Jackson or Derek Jeter? Or the owner, George Steinbrenner? 

In Dan Gilbert, we have our very own George Steinbrenner, our local version of Mark Cuban, our Midwestern variation on Jerry Jones. Thank heavens, we finally have our very own crazy sports team owner in Cleveland, and Dan, if you're reading this, I mean it in a good way.

Take a look at Gilbert's ranting "open letter to fans," which I'm convinced comes from the pen of the man  himself and wasn't crafted for him by a PR staff, the one where he says, "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...."

I think he means every word.

And if you want to be soothed with a little bashing of you-know-who, check out this article from the Washington Post.

 

Comments

wayneonwayne

"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.
 

gene44870

what ever happened to the good ol days when the players played , not for money , but cause they like what they are doing ?.

this is really way out of controll and its not just the basketball , but all sports , its getting so that they want to get greety , with all these million dollar plus  contracts and signing bonuses , its all crap, if you ask me ,

As far as I am concerned , you will never see me a game , cause i dont believe that playing and greed go hand and hand . And as far as I am concerned if a player wants all that money then it tells me that he  really dont care about the game , and he thinks more about the big dollars , off working stiffs that have to really work.to make the money to see them play , and the only thing that is going to happen , is the players are going to get richer and the poor are going to stay just that POOR

sO TO ALL YOU MORONS THAT WANT THE BIG BUCKS , TO PLAY THE GAME THAT YOU ARE ASKED TO PLAY , THEN YOU BETTER STOP AND THINK ABOUT THE LOW WAGES THAT ARE PAYING YOU , AND ASTOP THIS FOOLISHINESS AND PLAY THE DAMN GAME

Captain Gutz

gene44870,

 

You don't get it. It's not the money, he makes more from endorsements than his salary, a LOT more.

He wants to win a championship.

As you say, I'm sure we would never see you at a game. You sound fairly penurious.