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Postby Andy » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:29 am

Brown is again working for owner Dan Gilbert, who fired him following the 2010 playoffs mostly to try and please LeBron James and keep him from leaving Cleveland as a free agent. James ended up bolting for Miami anyway, foiling Gilbert's plan and leaving them without a coach whose .652 winning percentage is the sixth highest in history among coaches with at least 400 games.

Brown's return has prompted a mixed reaction from Cleveland fans, some wondering why Gilbert would bring back a coach who couldn't win it all with James.

Shortly after Brown's reunion with the Cavs was made official, Gilbert went on Twitter to defend his decision. He pointed out that Brown and Phil Jackson are the only coaches with more than five years of experience to never miss the playoffs in their careers. Gilbert also noted that at 43, Brown "is not even near his peak as an NBA coach."

"Not 'selling' boys and girls," the billionaire owner wrote. "Just providing facts. You decide. Let's see how things roll next year and beyond. How many days until opening tip?"

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/92069 ... -new-coach


I'm glad he doesn't own the Pistons.
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Re: Crazy Sports Franchise Owners

Postby D-Day » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:54 pm

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Brown is again working for owner Dan Gilbert, who fired him following the 2010 playoffs mostly to try and please LeBron James and keep him from leaving Cleveland as a free agent. James ended up bolting for Miami anyway, foiling Gilbert's plan and leaving them without a coach whose .652 winning percentage is the sixth highest in history among coaches with at least 400 games.

Brown's return has prompted a mixed reaction from Cleveland fans, some wondering why Gilbert would bring back a coach who couldn't win it all with James.

Shortly after Brown's reunion with the Cavs was made official, Gilbert went on Twitter to defend his decision. He pointed out that Brown and Phil Jackson are the only coaches with more than five years of experience to never miss the playoffs in their careers. Gilbert also noted that at 43, Brown "is not even near his peak as an NBA coach."

"Not 'selling' boys and girls," the billionaire owner wrote. "Just providing facts. You decide. Let's see how things roll next year and beyond. How many days until opening tip?"

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/92069 ... -new-coach


I'm glad he doesn't own the Pistons.


Yeah, but doesn't he own, like, 3/4 of downtown? He's your landlord, isn't he?
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Re: Crazy Sports Franchise Owners

Postby Andy » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:42 pm

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Andy wrote:
Brown is again working for owner Dan Gilbert, who fired him following the 2010 playoffs mostly to try and please LeBron James and keep him from leaving Cleveland as a free agent. James ended up bolting for Miami anyway, foiling Gilbert's plan and leaving them without a coach whose .652 winning percentage is the sixth highest in history among coaches with at least 400 games.

Brown's return has prompted a mixed reaction from Cleveland fans, some wondering why Gilbert would bring back a coach who couldn't win it all with James.

Shortly after Brown's reunion with the Cavs was made official, Gilbert went on Twitter to defend his decision. He pointed out that Brown and Phil Jackson are the only coaches with more than five years of experience to never miss the playoffs in their careers. Gilbert also noted that at 43, Brown "is not even near his peak as an NBA coach."

"Not 'selling' boys and girls," the billionaire owner wrote. "Just providing facts. You decide. Let's see how things roll next year and beyond. How many days until opening tip?"

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/92069 ... -new-coach


I'm glad he doesn't own the Pistons.


Yeah, but doesn't he own, like, 3/4 of downtown? He's your landlord, isn't he?


Not yet! He thankfully doesn't own this building.

The City of Detroit is already screwed up. He can't do much worse.

But the Cavs, whew. LeBron doesn't look stupid for leaving now. Gilbert is a big kid collecting toys but doesn't know how to play with many of them apparently.
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Re: Crazy Sports Franchise Owners

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:44 pm

Detroit — Quicken Loans Inc. Chairman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had some advice for fellow NBA owner Tom Gores: Move the Detroit Pistons downtown.

Gilbert, talking during a morning business breakfast Thursday at the Detroit Athletic Club, said fans will flock to a downtown setting even when teams are doing poorly, taking in local restaurants, bars or a casino.

"It's an experience," Gilbert said. "Let's face it, (arenas) don't belong in a farm field in the suburbs."

The Cavaliers finished with a worse record than the Pistons this season, but Gilbert said the team still drew about 15,000 fans a game this season to its downtown arena, while Gores' Pistons at times were noticeably bringing in only a few thousand while reporting far higher attendance figures.

But Gilbert said he hasn't had a chance to talk to Gores, who took over the Pistons in 2011, because Gores hasn't been at recent NBA owners' meetings.

For more than a year, Pistons' officials have said they are committed to The Palace in Auburn Hills, pouring millions into renovations that will keep them there for the "foreseeable future."

In a wide-ranging discussion about Detroit's future, Gilbert joined George Jackson, CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., and Sue Mose, president of Midtown Detroit Inc., for a "Pancakes and Politics" panel discussion sponsored by the Michigan Chronicle.

Gilbert expressed his hope for a city in which he's invested heavily, acquiring control of 22 buildings in the city and employing an estimated 9,500 people. This month, Gilbert and his partners worked out a deal to obtain control of the Greektown Casino.

Gilbert said the nation — and the world — is fascinated by Detroit, from its crumbling factories to its resurrection.

"There's a spirit here in Detroit that is second to none," he said. "We have a real strong chance of going down a path to make a difference here."

Besides bringing Quicken Loans downtown, Gilbert's companies have put together a sprawling real estate footprint upon which they plan to transform the Woodward corridor.

Those buildings, and their availability, gave Quicken an opportunity to bring more workers downtown and to grow his business, he said.

Workers are closer to one another than they could be in the suburbs, creating "connectivity" that allowed Quicken to grow.

"You get an energy, a feeling, a buzz in an urban core," he said.

Gilbert on Thursday also:

— Said his companies have about 400 to 500 openings in technology fields that haven't been filled because of a lack of qualified candidates.

— Expressed apparent satisfaction that Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Kevyn Orr as an emergency manager. Gilbert said he was excited that "the finances of Detroit are finally being addressed."

— Suggested the type of person he'd like to see as the city's next mayor: "They have to get down to business and not care about the politics."

— Compared the world's interest in Detroit to its interest in Cleveland. Detroit, he said, is covered by rapt media from across the globe. Cleveland?

"There is absolutely no fascination with Cleveland," he said.


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2013 ... z2RUx2zgrj


I'm imagining some lackey tapping him on the shoulder right after he said that and whispering "Um, sir. You own a franchise in Cleveland, sir."

I really hope the Plain Dealer picks that little nugget up.
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Postby Andy » Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:59 am

Later in the breakfast panel, Gilbert was asked if he’s trying to persuade Tom Gores to move the Detroit Pistons downtown from the team’s current home in Auburn Hills.

“I always try to put the bug in his ear,” said Gilbert,
who has long espoused the belief that sports arenas belong in core cities rather than faraway suburbs. Both the Pistons and Cavs had losing records this year, but Gilbert said the Cavs drew much better crowds because there’s more to do in downtown Cleveland — with a casino and restaurants nearby — than in a suburb like Auburn Hills.

“It’s not the same experience,” he said.

http://www.freep.com/article/20130425/C ... e-downtown


Can you imagine this guy buzzing in your ear? Telling you how to run your franchise?

I'm sure Gores nods and smiles, while looking for an escape from the conversation.
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Postby The Suburban Avenger » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:23 pm

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Later in the breakfast panel, Gilbert was asked if he’s trying to persuade Tom Gores to move the Detroit Pistons downtown from the team’s current home in Auburn Hills.

“I always try to put the bug in his ear,” said Gilbert,
who has long espoused the belief that sports arenas belong in core cities rather than faraway suburbs. Both the Pistons and Cavs had losing records this year, but Gilbert said the Cavs drew much better crowds because there’s more to do in downtown Cleveland — with a casino and restaurants nearby — than in a suburb like Auburn Hills.

“It’s not the same experience,” he said.

http://www.freep.com/article/20130425/C ... e-downtown


Can you imagine this guy buzzing in your ear? Telling you how to run your franchise?

I'm sure Gores nods and smiles, while looking for an escape from the conversation.


Gilbert is full of shit. I don't think a habitual D-student team like the Pistons would draw much better if they were downtown.
The Palace is close to where the money is ... Davidson was brilliant for building it out there.
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Re: Crazy Sports Franchise Owners

Postby Andy » Fri May 10, 2013 5:50 am

Daniel Snyder is owner of the Washington pro football team he grew up adoring. Would he ever consider changing the team name that many American Indians and others believe is a racial slur?

"We will never change the name of the team," Snyder told USA TODAY Sports this week. "As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season."

What if his football team loses an ongoing federal trademark lawsuit? Would he consider changing it then?

"We'll never change the name," he said. "It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps."

Snyder does not often speak to the media about the case. He talked to USA TODAY Sports very briefly about it Tuesday afternoon, following a longer interview with him and his wife Tanya about her selection as mother of the year by the American Cancer Society.

Later Thursday, USA TODAY Sports will publish a story about Amanda Blackhorse, who is Navajo and the named plaintiff in the trademark suit. She said if she ever had the chance, she'd ask Snyder if he would dare to call her a redskin to her face.

"I think the best way is to just not comment on that type of stuff," Snyder said. "I don't know her."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nf ... r/2148127/
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Postby Andy » Wed May 22, 2013 5:53 am

Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.

The Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years Tuesday, giving them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.

Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert's bowtie-wearing 16-year-old son, was on stage for another victory. After he won it in 2011, the Cavs used the pick to take eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.

http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2013/story/ ... t-2nd-pick


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Re: Crazy Sports Franchise Owners

Postby D-Day » Wed May 22, 2013 11:55 am

Andy wrote:
Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.

The Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years Tuesday, giving them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.

Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert's bowtie-wearing 16-year-old son, was on stage for another victory. After he won it in 2011, the Cavs used the pick to take eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.

http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2013/story/ ... t-2nd-pick


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We should just rename this thread Dan Gibert/Snyder Is Insane
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Postby The Suburban Avenger » Wed May 22, 2013 12:31 pm

Andy wrote:
Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.

The Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years Tuesday, giving them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.

Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert's bowtie-wearing 16-year-old son, was on stage for another victory. After he won it in 2011, the Cavs used the pick to take eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.

http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2013/story/ ... t-2nd-pick


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Say what you will, but Dan Gilbert looks like St. Francis standing next to Donald Sterling.
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Re: Crazy Sports Franchise Owners

Postby Andy » Wed May 22, 2013 3:05 pm

The Suburban Avenger wrote:
Andy wrote:
Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.

The Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years Tuesday, giving them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.

Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert's bowtie-wearing 16-year-old son, was on stage for another victory. After he won it in 2011, the Cavs used the pick to take eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.

http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2013/story/ ... t-2nd-pick


The new LA Clippers ladies and gentlemen...


Say what you will, but Dan Gilbert looks like St. Francis standing next to Donald Sterling.


Sterling is a pretty terrible person. No argument there. I just don't see the Cavs winning anytime soon.
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