Dan Gilbert: Are the Cleveland Caveliers Just Wagging the Dog?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJuly 9, 2010

Tonight there won’t be any Cleveland media asking the Cavaliers management why they couldn’t keep LeBron James.

There is much fan anger in Cleveland and it’s easy to blame No. 23 for everything that happened during the negotiations. It must be good for the ratings.

A reporter can make themselves very popular in Cleveland by joining with the masses in bashing LeBron James, but let me go a step further: if you stand on LeBron's side, your career in the Cleveland media will probably be over.

Can we agree on that?

Before I continue, I want to give you the urban definition of the term “wagging the dog.” Please read it carefully, is important you understand the concept.

Wagging the Dog: “To cause a desired result by means other than the obvious or rational method. Imagine you want a dog to wag its tail. You should make the dog happy, and the tail will wag. If you can't or won't make the dog happy, you can get the tail to wag by wagging the dog.'"

Are we clear on the concept?

Hopefully you have a good understanding of it. Let's move on.

Here are a few question that should be asked:

Are the Cavaliers “wagging the dog” for fans by making LeBron the bad guy?

Shouldn’t Cavaliers fans ask Mr. Gilbert what happened in those closed door meetings?

Should the Cleveland media ask the Cavaliers to make available the “big sales presentation” given to LeBron James?

Do fans have the right to know if the Cavs were willing to bring in a couple big-time players?

And If they did offer to add players, who were they?

Are those fair questions?

Please, if you have seen those answers in the Cleveland media, get me the link. I have not seen any information on what the Cavs had to offer.

And please, don’t tell me about the “home sweet home” sales pitch, that’s an old and well spent concept. Lebron’s southern migration has a simple explanation,the Heat gave him the players needed to win a championship!

Fans can call him a traitor and the Cavs management can vilify him all they want, that won’t change the reason why he’s gone.

Simply, Dan Gilbert could not close the deal.

We can all agree on that!

Here are some of Dan Gilbert statements after LeBron’s announcement:

“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.”

“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:


"You can take it to the bank."

This rant by Dan Gilbert and the manner in which LeBron's exit was announced should bring out the red flags—there was something going on behind the scenes, and I’m guessing it wasn’t pretty.

There was no respect here, on either side. That’s obvious.

You can take that to the bank!

Look folks, don’t let the Cleveland Cavaliers “wag your tail.” They lost LeBron James. Think about that. Let me say it again: Mr. Gilbert lost LeBron James.

The Miami heat won the battle and the Cavs, along with New York and Chicago, lost it, period.

Mr. Gilbert had the bird in the cage and could not or would not close the door.

Cavs fans, can we agree on that?

LeBron James is a good kid. In his seven years as a Cavalier, he has done nothing to embarrass the Northeastern Ohio community or the NBA.

True or false, Cavs fans?

It may be time for the Cleveland fans to take a deep breath, ask the Cavaliers questions about what was offered to LeBron, and before you start burning jerseys make sure somebody is not “wagging your Cleveland tail.”

Don’t you think that’s fair?

And as always this is just a fan's opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said.


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