Cleveland Owner Dan Gilbert Sits At Center Of Owner Refusal To Compromise


Dan Gilbert is a stubborn man. If you were not readily aware of this then wake up and smell the Cavalier. Not only is he short-tempered as we saw in his letter to LeBron James and the fans of Cleveland after “The Decision”. But now he is disagreeing with his own peers when it comes to making decisions about a compromise that would end the NBA lockout standoff sooner than later. This report comes from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

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.

Not only will the players grow frustrated with his unwillingness to cooperate and salvage some portion of the season, but owners are getting agitated with him as well? It should be pointed out that he does not stand alone, as Robert Sarver, Phoenix Suns’ owner, was mentioned as well. However, with Gilbert being sometimes portrayed as a villain unless he is standing by his son or pronouncing greatness for a franchise that was destined for 2010 season futility, he will shoulder most of the blame for this.

But, what does it matter to someone who does not seriously consider his image or how he is portrayed in the media?

Tags: 2011 Nba Season Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert Nba Lockout Owner Negotiations