For the first time since LeBron James left, Cavaliers’ owner and Fathead magnate Dan Gilbert is very mad. When NBA labor discussions failed this week, fingers were pointed at the Cavs owner and Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver as the two main problems. From ESPN via Hardwood Paroxysm:
Owners were seriously considering coming off of their demand for a salary freeze and would allow players’ future earnings to be tied into the league’s revenue growth, a critical point for players. The owners also were willing to allow the players to maintain their current salaries, without rollbacks, sources said.
But when the owners left the players to meet among themselves for around three hours, Cleveland’s Dan Gilbert and Phoenix’s Robert Sarver expressed their dissatisfaction with many of the points, sources said. The sources said that the Knicks’ James Dolan and the Lakers’ Jerry Buss were visibly annoyed by the hardline demands of Gilbert and Sarver.
This prompted Bill Simmons to go on a Twitter rant about how the NBA was doomed. Two of those Tweets were directed at Gilbert.
1 Keep hearing Gilbert/Sarver are hurting NBA lockout progress from owner’s side. This pisses me off for a variety of reasons, but mainly…
3 Gilbert also overpaid for his team, overpaid players FOR YEARS and would love the current system had LBJ stayed. Now it’s no good for him?
The guy who wrote an angry letter to the people of Cleveland in Comic Sans after LeBron James bolted for Miami probably didn’t like one of ESPN’s most visible writers taking such a public shot at him. A few hours later, Gilbert tweeted:
Some of these NBA ‘bloggissists’ flat-out make stuff up and then try to dupe readers into believing their fiction is real. Sad & pathetic.
While we can’t be certain, Simmons seems like the most likely target. Along with every other bloggissist. [Ed. What is a bloggissist?] And that’s really the most important thing here. Dan Gilbert invented a word. And Fatheads. The man is a visionary.
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Previously: Dan Gilbert’s Letter is Pretty Epic