No Comic Sans. No trash talking. No hating. No unrealistic guarantees. The only thing Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert guaranteed in his letter to the King this time around was that LeBron James’ No. 23 will eventually be retired. Although something such as that seems obvious, the letter Gilbert wrote following James taking his talents to South Beach in 2010 was one that he regretted and truly will never live down. Fast forward eight years and the owner not only learned his lesson but showed his appreciation for the King and what he provided over the last four years, especially that special night on June 19, 2016.
“We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see… A championship that united generations of Clevelanders, both living and passed.
Virtually anyone with roots in Northeast Ohio paused and felt the memories of the past and the utter joy that the burden of the so-called ‘curse’ was finally a thing of the past. Cleveland, Ohio was the home of a championship team for the first time since 1964. Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio.
None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances.
LeBron is a family man, first. We wish his kids, his wife Savannah, his mother Gloria, and LeBron himself nothing but the best in the years and decades ahead. LeBron’s connection to Akron, Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio will most certainly endure as his commitment to the region and his support of many important causes has been impactful to so many kids and families.
LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line…”
Although it came over four hours after James’ agency, Klutch Sports, announced that he will sign with the Lakers, the letter couldn’t have been more well written. Kudos to you, Dan Gilbert.