HoopsHype Dan Gilbert rumors

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So it was on the night of the 2011 lottery, when former Timberwolves general manager David Kahn bristled at the sight of the Cavs' winning the No. 1 pick (and Duke's Kyrie Irving). "This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit," Kahn told reporters, "of producing some pretty incredible storylines." Then he pointed to how, the year before, the widow of late Wizards owner Abe Pollin had curiously shown up on the night Washington won No. 1 (and Kentucky's John Wall). And how, on this night, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert had his 14-year-old son, Nick, who suffers from neurofibromatosis, by his side. When he saw Gilbert's son, Kahn concluded, "we were done." Kahn later swore that he was joking, but it was too late: A familiar public message had been sent. The soap opera had started anew. "There have been so many instances of what I would call, as a lawyer, 'the equity of the situation working itself out,'" Falk tells me, referring to how often ostensibly ideal outcomes become actual ones. "And if you hooked owners up to a lie detector, they would admit to thinking that too." ESPN.com

March 14, 2014 Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert made an appearance Thursday on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” along with billionaire Warren Buffet to discuss their $1 billion offer for the perfect NCAA Tournament bracket. The talk-show host steered the conversation toward the topic of LeBron James and the possibility of him returning to the Cavs. Meyers asked if the odds of someone turning in a perfect bracket were “about the same” as the odds of James coming back to Cleveland, drawing laughter from the crowd. Gilbert deftly avoided answering the question, citing NBA tampering rules. Akron Beacon Journal

March 9, 2014 Updates

Majority owner Dan Gilbert talked about what he thought the No. 11 hanging in the rafters would represent. "It represents the concept of never, ever, ever, ever giving up. Ever,'' Gilbert said. "It represents loyalty and honor from and for a town and franchise that has adopted Zydrunas as one of its own long ago. "I think there's a reason this town has fallen in love with Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and that reason is Zydrunas Ilgauskas represents everything that Cleveland, Ohio, is all about.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Q: How important is it to re-sign Luol Deng? Dan Gilbert: We love Luol Deng for a lot of reasons, which everybody knows. Besides the kind of player he is, the kind of person he is and the kind of leader he is by example. But you can’t make these decisions in a vacuum. You have to look at all the pieces and see where you’re going to be. Akron Beacon Journal

Q: There has been a lot of talk about Kyrie and Dion and if they can coexist? Do you think they can start together, play together and succeed? Dan Gilbert: Yeah, I do. In fact I can make a case that as they both mature, and we’ve seen that even more recently, that kind of threat at the perimeter and driving and shooting ability of both of them, it’s going to be a hell of a load for any defense to handle. I think they can and I think there’s other examples of that in NBA history. We’ll see what happens, but I think they’re both extremely talented players and they genuinely like each other. People think they don’t like each other, they genuinely like each other. That’s sort of made up. Look, they’re both 21, 22 years old. There was a little bit of feeling out of who’s going to do what, but I do believe like I said in the news conference, I think the talent on this team is so good, but they’re so young. We’ll see what happens. Akron Beacon Journal

Q: If you bring in a new GM, he may want his own coach. Can you foresee any scenario where Mike Brown is not the coach next season? Dan Gilbert: I think it would be foolish of any owner to make an absolute type of determination or statement on anybody in the organization. But we feel good about Mike Brown and we feel Mike Brown is as hard working as they come, is as intellectual on basketball. Obviously everybody at the end of the day, especially if you’re a head coach, will be evaluated by your win/loss record over a period of time. I’ll leave it at that. Akron Beacon Journal

Q: What are you looking for in your next GM, whether it’s David Griffin or an outside hire? Dan Gilbert: That’s a great question. In fact, it has taken this amount of time, eight or nine years, for me to really know the answer to that question. In all the time here we’ve only had two GMs until now. We’re looking for somebody besides the basketball knowledge, who understands the human equation. Understands and feels the importance of culture and chemistry and connectivity and openness, is open to ideas from anywhere and anyone, from all places, and can connect with people and can understand how important it is. Just because you can’t measure something doesn’t mean it’s not important. Sometimes some of the most important things in the world are things you can’t measure. Going back to my earlier metaphor, IFR and VFR, can fly by gut feel and can also look at the numbers. Someone who will turn over every possible stone and be open to every possible innovation, creativity, idea from anywhere to give us that edge that we’ll need. Akron Beacon Journal

Q: How about The Letter? As a whole, do you regret sending it? Dan Gilbert: I would’ve reworded the language in The Letter, but I don’t regret sending a letter out to our fan base. People forget the letter was not to LeBron, it was to our fan base. If I had to do it again, for sure, I would’ve reworded several parts of it. But I think it definitely needed a strong statement from me at that time. I keep a couple binders on my desk and I have a binder of the responses to The Letter from the people of Cleveland. There’s thousands, maybe 2,000 from every facet of life, from CEOs of big companies to hand-written letters from 94-year-old ladies, from street sweepers to policemen and firemen. The response went way beyond. For some reason, it appealed to this generational Cleveland thing. If you want to talk about books, someone should publish all the responses to The Letter. It was like, ‘We’re from Cleveland and we’ve been rejected.’ Akron Beacon Journal

Q: Were you surprised by the reaction? Did you know it would cause that type of firestorm? Dan Gilbert: No, not to the extent that it did. I didn’t think it would. Going back now and looking, yeah probably. But at the time? I didn’t think it would become sort of the thing that it did. Akron Beacon Journal

February 14, 2014 Updates

The problem, of course, is where to find such a person. Riley isn't leaving Miami for Cleveland, even if it meant going with LeBron. Larry Bird, a champion as a player but not as an executive, isn't leaving Indiana. Jerry West? Retired, and probably for good. Phil Jackson continues to yearn for a chance to get back into the NBA, and prefers an executive role. But those in the coaching industry who know both men don't view Jackson and Gilbert as a compatible couple. CBSSports.com

February 12, 2014 Updates

"[Griffin] excels at the trade deadline, so he'll have an immediate opportunity to impress [Cavs owner Dan Gilbert]," an Eastern Conference GM told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

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