Basketball as business for Dan Gilbert

Originally Published: October 17, 2011
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

On Election Night in 2009, Dan Gilbert threw a late-night party on the practice court inside Quicken Loans Arena. The extravagance in the room called to mind a mob-movie wedding reception, complete with live music, roaming waiters and five-star cuisine served on fine linens.

Gilbert was floating, and not because, after a disconcerting 0-2 start, his Cavaliers had just secured their first win of the season.

The game was hardly the day's main event.

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