For four years, the name Dan Gilbert instantly conjured up thoughts of an
inflammatory letter directed at Lebron James after James announced he would Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. Today (July 11th), hours after Lebron James announced he would be returning to the Cavaliers, Gilbert explains how the reunification process happened and how James forgave him for the letter.
In the infamous letter Gilbert posted on the Cavaliers’ According to Yahoo, last Sunday (July 6th) Gilbert met with James and his agent Rich Paul in Miami and began discussing James signing with his former team, but not before the apologies were exchanged:
I told him how sorry I was, expressed regret for how that night went and how I let all the emotion and passion for situation carry me away. I told him I wish had never done it, that I wish I could take it back.
Moments before James’ announcement was posted on SI.com, Gilbert received a text message from James’ agent that read “Dan, congratulations. LeBron’s coming home.” According to Gilbert, he first heard of Lebron’s interest in possibly returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers three years ago, but still is incredulous of the turn of events:
I went back and forth in my mind, thinking: Could this really happen? It was a volatile thing for years, and now that it’s happened, I’m still in shock.
No word yet on the terms of his deal with the Cavaliers.