CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert now wishes he wouldn't have guaranteed his team would win an NBA title before LeBron James.
When James left Cleveland for Miami as a free agent in July 2010, Gilbert famously promised in a letter to disappointed Cleveland fans that his Cavs would win a championship before James got one with the Heat.
Well, that ended in June when James, capping his third MVP season, led Miami to a finals win over Oklahoma City.
"Looking back now, that probably was not the most brilliant thing I've ever done in my life," Gilbert said Tuesday.
Relaxed and wearing a wine-colored sport coat, Gilbert spoke to reporters on a number of topics before the Cavs' opener against Washington.
When the subject turned to James, Gilbert said he would have done some things differently two years ago, most notably his guarantee.
"If you're going to predict something that doesn't happen and you're going to do it publicly, you'...