Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 1/2/12

Dan Gilbert is a tough person for people to understand who don't live in Cleveland, OH.  To live there you can't help but appreciate the passion he pours into the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

We're a city that knows losing, we understand losing owners better than anybody, and it's been clear since day one that Dan Gilbert's motives do at least include building his Cavs team into the best basketball organization that he can. How good? Who knows, but at least he's trying. Anybody catch a Browns game during this past decade?

From the outside, most people only notice the email he sent to LeBron, the few too many tweets he posted last season on that subject, and blame him completely for the NBA Lockout as well as the Mortgage Crisis.

Some of that is fair, some of that isn't. Regardless, Dan Gilbert spoke to the Cleveland Media prior to the Cavaliers / Nets game last night on a number of those topics, and this is what he had to say.

The following transcript from Dan Gilbert is via Jason Lloyd at the Akron Beacon Journal (For Full Transcript Go Here):

Does the new CBA give you the competitive balance you wanted?:

“There were some things that people aren’t paying that close of attention to that actually did achieve a piece of that goal. Re-signing your own free agent, you now get another year, but you can pay him 30 percent of the cap as a max as opposed to other teams can only pay 25. … When you add it all together, in a situation where you have a max player, it’s something like $28 million, I don’t have the exact math, but $20 something million more to stay with the existing team than to leave your team and go to another. There’s more of a diff on that side than there ever has been before. Did we get everything we wanted in that area? Probably not. But in the spirit of compromise, both sides could probably say they didn’t get everything they wanted.”

Is it difficult to see how you’ve been portrayed during and after the lockout?:

“It was very difficult and it wasn’t really the media’s fault. Because there was such a blackout, things were just getting printed. There was one thing where they were going owner by owner and their positions. You could’ve taken darts and done a better job. I think sometimes the way the Cavs and our position was portrayed is definitely inaccurate and wrong. I’m glad it’s over now and we’re moving forward and the season is here and that’s all behind us.”

Reaction to your e-mail to Stern getting leaked to Yahoo! Sports:

“The lesson will be when you get off an airplane, check the internet first before you go send off an e-mail. If I would’ve checked, I would’ve seen he made his decision hours before and I wouldn’t have had to send the e-mail. It’s a little disappointing someone would leak a personal e-mail. Owners are always making statements and having opinions between them and always sending things back and forth. It was unusual and shocked to see that in the media. I went to bed at midnight, someone sent me email at 6:20, ‘Hey I saw your e-mail.’ One of you guys, actually. (It was me.) I thought I was having a dream. Unfortunately it wasn’t. The lesson for me was probably not to send out so many e-mails and check things before you send stuff out.

A lesson for all of us actually. Always check the Internet first for sure.

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