There's nothing wrong with any player in free agency making a decision about their future. It's the one time when players can decide their fate whether it be for more money or to win a championship. In the case of LeBron James, it's about winning a championship. LeBron will not be the highest paid player on the Miami team. He doesn't care because it's not about money. It was about money for Amare Stoudelmire. No body else would give an accident prone gentleman a 5 year/ 100 million contract, but desperate New York.
Dan Gilbert is now committed to winning a championship even without Lebron James. I'd say this show of passion is a bit late. Last year when James walked off the court without shaking any hands or doing any interviews, was a sign that he was tired of losing. At that time Gilbert should have stepped up. That was his time to get angry while realizing that the Cavaliers team was standing around merely watching James play like they were part of the audience. They should have been running around like Ray Allen (Celtics) and Steve Nash (Suns) while trying to make plays especially when two or three guys were surrounding James with defensive measures.
But no, everyone simply stood there and expected James to do something super human. Well, now the team, the coach, and the owner will learn a lesson that poor observation of a hero's antics will come back to hurt you. Mark Cuban, please be quiet. You also are one of those owners that believe players should be loyal but owners don't exercise loyalty. They exercise business decisions. Well, get use to players exercising their business decisions. LeBron was with Cleveland for seven years. SEVEN YEARS !!!
LeBron played his heart out like the pre-championship era of Michael Jordan. Simply coming back to a mediocre team was not James' desire and Dan Gilbert wasn't smart enough to see it. He showed no insight in the feelings of LeBron James and now he must pay for his shortcomings. Maybe future owners can learn from this situation as to better observe their best players and get closer to what they are thinking. Loyalty, cowardly, callous, narcissistic, are words that owners should study when they trade players who thought the team, coach, and owners wanted them. Owners don't care about those words. They only care about business.
What LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh did was strickly about business. The business of winning championships. I am sorry to announce, Cleveland won't be making the playoffs for a long time and definitely no championships anytime soon. Dan Gilbert, you showed no class when a player made a decision that you yourself might have made with a player. You would have expected no fallout or resentment because for you it would only be about business. The tables are turned and they (owners) can't take it.
Maybe they (owners) should look up the rules of FREE AGENCY !!!!!!