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Friday, July 9, 2010
Cuban on Gilbert letter: 'Good for Dan'

By Jeff Caplan

There's at least one person out there who's not banging on Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert for the harshly worded open letter directed at LeBron James that he issued on the team's website shortly after James announced his decision to bolt Cleveland for the star-studded Miami Heat.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban empathizes with his obviously frustrated fellow owner and he applauded Gilbert's emotional letter to the team's fans.

"Good for Dan for standing up for his fans and his team," Cuban wrote in an email. "The whole process left the Cavs in a difficult position. Free agency had run its course and the Cavs had to sit and wait.

"I would be mad too if I was kept in the dark like that."

An obviously frustrated Gilbert unloaded an emotional tirade on James, calling his decision "cowardly," and promising that the Cavs will win a championship before James does in Miami.

"I like what Dan did," wrote Cuban, who is no stranger to publishing controversial opinions on the Internet. "He showed the emotion that comes with owning a team. He showed the fans that he is just getting started.

"Good for Dan."