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The best tweets on LeBron James' decision and Dan Gilbert's letter

July 9, 2010 |  2:03 pm


I had tweeted during LeBron James' embarrassing one-hour special that the "only reason why the buildup to LeBron's decision is captivating to me is that's made for plenty of great Twitter insults." And boy were there plenty regarding James' one-hour special as well as the open letter Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert drafted after James announced he was "taking his talents to South Beach."

Before I highlight the memorable tweets, just a quick note. We will be hosting a chat today at 5 for the Lakers' summer league game against Detroit on NBA TV. For those planning for the weekend, there's also a game on Saturday against the Nuggets on 3. So hop on by to check out if anyone seems to have a chance to crack the roster.

Now onto the tweets:

"Recall taking LeBron & Maverick Carter to drive-thru at McDonald's and dinner at Applebees in '02 in my crappy rental car. Times change." -- GrantWahl (Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl)

"dexterfishmore RT @stefanfatsis Broussard reports it's either Cleveland, Miami, Chicago or NY. That's just some good old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting." -- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore)

"Vin Scully just saw us gathered around the TV and said "What is this, the World Series?" Told it was for Lebron, he laughed and said, "Who?" -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

"Michael and Kobe, with their combined 6 rings, each made the most important announcements of their lives w/out an hour-long special." -- AndrewSiciliano (710 ESPN's Andrew Siciliano)

"what do i hate more -- this ESPN time-wasting or this State Farm ad?" -- nuggetsnews (The Denver Post's Nuggets beat writer Benjamin Hochman)

"Can the SuperHeat end the Lakers' two-title run? LBJ, Bosh and Wade is a phenomenal nucleus, for sure. But which role players join them?" -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)

"Did Jim Gray just thank LeBron for taking the time? It was literally his show. It was the least he could do." -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky)

"Carmelo Anthony will pick up a lot of fans by acting on his own rather than joining the Miami sorority" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

"If LeBron thinks one-hour TV special is the way to announce he's ditching Cleveland, imagine how he dumps girlfriends" -- DanWetzel (Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel)

"Gilbert's letter reads like a drunken e-mail sent late at night to an ex." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

"You better print out Dan Gilbert's letter and save it now before David Stern has it taken down and all of our memories erased." -- AxemanBlog (1260 ESPN's Brent Axe from Syracuse, N.Y.)

"To repeat comparison: West's 1996 summer (Shaq/Kobe) is the standard. SuperFriends have to win at least three titles to match it" -- Stein_Line_HQ ('s Mark Stein)

"LeBron's decision got a higher TV rating (7.3) than 95% of actual NBA games" -- siMandel (Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel)

"The Heat are going to be damn good next season. But title contenders? I don't see it." -- basketballtalk (Pro Basketball Talk Kurt Helin)

"If Dan Gilbert has the power to shift the Cleveland Curse to LeBron then why didn't he just end it earlier?" --jadande ('s J.A. Adande)

" you can almost see Dan Gilbert holding his fingers @ LeBron like Whoopie did Danny Glover @ end of “The Color Purple”" -- MrMichaelLee (The Washington Post's Wizards beat reporter Michael Lee)

"I guess Carlos Boozer's text messages weren't enough to convince LeBron to come to Chicago." -- tribjazz (Salt Laker City Tribune's Jazz beat reporter Ross Siler)

"Just think, Lakers fans: If @RealLamarOdom signed with the Heat last summer there never would have been a Miami Thrice formation" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

"Dan Gilbert is so over the top, he's making LeBron look like the victim." -- AndrewSiciliano (710 ESPN's Andrew Siciliano)

"Cavs owner goes on and on ripping LeBron James, but the letter is missing a the fans: "I'm sorry I enabled him all those years." -- WojYahooNBA (Yahoo! Sports' NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski)

"I am still flabbergasted by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's letter. If I'm LBJ, I'd want to run from someone as unprofessional/petty as him too." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

"Dan Gilbert made his money through Quicken Loans mortgage lending, which played no small part in current economic crisis, correct?" -- tribjazz (Salt Lake Tribune's Jazz beat reporter Ross Siler)

"No LeBron pictures on the Miami Heat website yet but plenty of pictures of the Heat Dancers. No complaints here." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

"With LeBron's crazy numbers about to spiral next to Wade/Bosh, Kobe's chances for another NBA MVP just rocketed skyward." -- KevinDing (Orange County Register's Lakers beat reporter Kevin Ding)

"LeBron just suggested Joel Anthony could take the last shot. He has officially jumped the shark." -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix)

"LeBron: Joel Anthony will drop your pass. I gar-ron-tee it. Sorry." -- johnhollinger ('s John Hollinger)

"Lebron just trying to get reality show. Kourtney Khloe still gonna run MIA" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)

"Totally fine with LBJ switching teams. But doing that to Cleveland via a one-hour TV show was absolutely brutal.... " -- sportsguy33 ('s Bill Simmons)

"I think people are looking too much at next year. Given the new Big Three's age, it's about two, three, four years in." -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky)

""I don't even care what he's saying anymore" my brother Scott who just got up and left the room" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)

"It couldn't have been THAT humbling an experience, LeBron." -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andrew Kamenetzky)

"DVR is a beautiful thing. Just watches first 21 minutes in about 3 and didn't miss "The Decision." -- samickFanHouse (AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick)

"Somebody shut up Jon Barry. He talks too much" -- BA_Turner (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Broderick Turner)

"ESPN, still king of the hype. Can we get LeBron on pleazzzze" -- BA_Turner (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Broderick Turner)

"'I know how loyal I am.' Reached for comment, Ohio disagreed." -- SHowardCooper ('s Scott Howard-Cooper)

--Mark Medina

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Photo: LeBron James' decision to go on national television and announce he would be leaving his hometown team has made him a target for criticism. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images.