It takes a lot of missing brain cells to be up there with the likes of James Dolan as an NBA owner but somehow Gilbert has been up to the task. Despite the fact that he basically ran LeBron James out of town in 2010 by his boneheaded ways of running a professional basketball franchise, the man who once spasmed out a letter that belittled LeBron is one of the guys who would welcome him back with open arms.
But as everyone with a fully functional brain will tell you, LeBron James is not giving up the best thing that will ever happen in his NBA career to return home to Cleveland.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, one scout noted that if LeBron were to ever meet with Dan Gilbert this summer, it would be a very short conversation.
Whenever the idea of LeBron James returning to the Cavs this summer was broached during the NBA predraft camp last week, personnel from around the league met the topic with a mixture of snickers, laughs, eye rolls and direct denials.
“It’ll be a short conversation,” one agent said. “No thank you and have a nice day.”
Let’s say this really slow so Dan Gilbert and all the crazy conspiracy nuts out there will hear us — LeBron James is not going back to Cleveland. Now, this isn’t to say he’s going to stay in Miami forever, but returning to a place that has had three of the last No. 1 picks isn’t LeBron’s idea of a homecoming.
There’s a reason Dan Gilbert has had three of the last four No. 1 picks and it’s the same reason LeBron James isn’t going back to Cleveland.