Get over it already
Los Angeles Times
In the words of rocker Don Henley, the answer is so, so easy.
Get Over It.
It's not quite going out on a limb to say there's almost no chance of LeBron James and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert reuniting in Cleveland in four years, or 14 for that matter.
So, in therapy-speak, Gilbert needs to move on and get past the anger, the slights, real and imagined, and the perceived betrayals. He should write that last check to the lawyers — hard to cut that cord, we know. Yahoo Sports has reported the Cavs owner paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to investigate suspicions of tampering in the pursuit of James.
Six figures is a lot for closure. Having it reach seven is lame.
And just one more blast of Henley's advice:
Get over it.
Process is flawed
As long as Dan Gilbert doesn't forward his possible tampering findings to Commissioner David Stern in comic sans text, the Cavaliers owner is absolutely within his right to investigate the circumstances of LeBron James' departure.
Some might call that sore losing. But if it can eliminate the backroom negotiations that surely take place with impending free agents, all the better.
Too often, players verbally agree to terms minutes after the free-agency period opens, making a mockery of the week-long negotiation period. It's one thing for teams to identify potential free-agent targets. It's another to relay possible contractual terms through third parties, which long has been alleged.
What Gilbert is doing won't bring back James. But it could bring back some respectability to a tainted process.
Focus on the Cavs
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has every right to be upset about LeBron James leaving the organization, but there are better ways to handle it.
Gilbert has whined to anyone who will listen to him rant about James turning his back on the organization. Now, Gilbert reportedly is dumping loads of cash into an investigation to determine if the Heat violated tampering rules during the free-agency period.
Gilbert sounds like a jaded significant other trying to get back at his ex by throwing a brick through a car window. Sure, it feels good at first, but it changes nothing.
Here's a thought for Gilbert. Instead of the constant bickering about non-basketball-related issues, how about doing your job by working to field a competitive team? Then, just maybe, you'll be able to beat James' team and receive the ultimate gratification.
Gilbert needs closure
Everybody deals with an ugly breakup differently.
Some people spontaneously travel to a faraway place. Others eat ice cream and watch romantic comedies. Some stalk their exes on the Internet.
In Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's case, he's pushing for a legal investigation into the possibility of LeBron James' new lover — the Heat — entering the picture before Cleveland and James broke up.
Hey, Gilbert just wants to know if he was cheated on. Who are we to judge how Gilbert deals with his breakup?
It's not healthy for Gilbert to dwell on the past, and it's probably best for the Cavaliers organization if it keeps its eyes focused forward.
After all, the best revenge for an ex-lover is to be successful and look good.
But the man's in pain. Let Gilbert find his closure.