CLEVELAND — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert got in one final shot after LeBron James fell short of an NBA title.
About 15 minutes after the Dallas Mavericks defeated James and the Miami Heat in Game 6 on Sunday night, Gilbert sent a message on his Twitter page to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — a statement that included a jab at James.
“Congrats to Mark C.&entire Mavs org.,” Gilbert wrote. “Mavs NEVER stopped&now entire franchise gets rings. Old Lesson for all: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.”
Last summer, after James announced he was leaving the Cavs as a free agent after seven years to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, the superstar was lambasted by Gilbert, who accused him of quitting in the playoffs the past two seasons. Gilbert also promised that karma would prevent James from winning a championship and predicted his Cavaliers would win their first title before “the self-proclaimed King” won one.
So far, Gilbert’s pledge is holding up.
Gilbert wasn’t the only one stung by James’ decision. Cleveland fans, who haven’t celebrated a major professional sports championship since the Browns won an NFL title in 1964, spent the past year coping with James’ departure, which the Akron native announced in a one-hour long TV special.
Some of James’ former teammates were also hurt by him leaving.
Guard Mo Williams, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in February, said the Mavericks’ victory has helped ease some of his pain.
On his Twitter page, Williams wrote, “Dallas just healed my HEART.”