Originally posted on The Daily Rival  |  Last updated 3/8/12

Who can forget that controversial letter Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert fired off after the Lakers were reported to have landed Chris Paul (all the way back to the days before Paul was a Clipper)? In it Gilbert desperately pleaded with Commissioner David Stern to not go through with the deal and cited some (poorly conceived and illogical) reasons. Gilbert came off as a whiny poor-sport and evident detractor of the Washington Generals. And, as we all know by now, Stern nixed the deal, despite saying Gilbert’s email played no part.

In an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Stern talked about the whole predicament and even dropped some jokes about it.

“In my pastoral role, I’ve suggested that he should always do a first draft and then put it in a drawer for a while or show it to his wife before he lets it go, but other than that, you’ve got to love him — and, actually, because of that, you’ve got to love him,” Stern said.

“I think Dan is going to be more prudent in his reactions, but I’m very happy for him. He’s so committed to Cleveland and I think that’s the well from which these communications spring. He cares deeply about the team and the community and he wants to put on a good game.”

Stern also admits he didn’t see the letter until the next day, when Gilbert himself called him to warn that the email leaked to the media. Nice of Gilbert to give a heads up before you have to clean up his mess.

[H/T I am a GM]

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