The Cavs are a bad team. That has been their fate since LeBron James decided to leave for greener pastures. I do not have an issue with rooting for a bad team. It happens every now and again unless you are a fan of the LA Lakers. I had braced myself for a difficult year while others held onto lofty hopes that the playoffs were a reality. I had countless conversations with fellow Cavs fans about how the front office needs to rebuild and putting it off is doing a disservice to the fan base.
Another NBA fan who held those same beliefs is the editor of Yahoo! Sports’ “Ball Don’t Lie,” Kelly Dwyer. When doing preseason predictions for every NBA team, Dwyer argued that the Cavs need to rebuild and that he questioned whether majority owner Dan Gilbert understood that. When it came time for Dwyer to predict how many wins the Cavs would end the season with, he predicted a measly 12 with a qualifier that the low wins would be a result of a rebuilding project.
Somewhere between that moment and the present day, we have a majority owner of an NBA team who is poking fun at a blogger’s “girl name” and a blogger who cannot write about a team without letting his disdain for the owner get in the way.
Dan Gilbert has not shown any restraint. We all know about his letter. I’d like to think that most people can get over that. It was one moment in his tenure of 6 years of team ownership that we should not allow to define him as a person. Was it crazy? Yes. Did I ever buy his guarantee of a championship before LeBron James? No. If anybody took that championship guarantee with more than a grain of salt, that’s their problem.
Do you know what I am going to go tonight? I am going to fuck Gisele Bundchen before Tom Brady does next. Yeah, that’s right. I am going to fuck her brains out.
I personally guarantee that I, Demetri Inembolidis will fuck Gisele Bundchen before the self-titled former ‘California Cool’ does.”
Don’t believe me? Good, that makes you smarter than those idiots who actually believed that part of Dan Gilbert’s letter. Now that we weeded out all of the mouth-breathers, I will continue to the meat and potatoes of this post.
I inadvertently started a Twitter beef between Dan Gilbert and Kelly Dwyer last night. I will elaborate.
After the Cavs beat the Kings in Sacramento last night to secure their 13th win of the season, I tweeted “Kelly Dwyer is officially wrong. #SmallVictories.” I certainly was not celebrating the fact that my favorite team had won 13 games. Believe me when I say that I understand that is nothing to celebrate. I was being facetious much like NBA fans cheer for the home team when they finally complete a field goal after missing 14 in a row.
Despite the fact that Dan Gilbert does not follow me, he somehow saw my tweet and followed up by saying “‘Who is Kellie Dwyer?’ RT @demeatloaf Kelly Dwyer is officially wrong. #SmallVictories.”
After that, he wrote “Really? How long has Kellie been writing? Never heard of her.”
For good measure, he then followed that up with “I am still confused. Kellie is really a man named “Don”? I better get to sleep”
I personally do not know how I feel about a majority owner of an NBA team with a reputation for being a hothead throwing 8th grade insults at some idiot. Kelly Dwyer should be beneath Dan Gilbert. I do not see what publicly calling out a blogger will accomplish. I understand that Dwyer has been prejudiced and subjective with his coverage of the Cavs, but sometimes it makes sense to be a bigger man.
I appreciate the fact that Dan Gilbert is playing the role of an advocate for the fans of his team, but doesn’t it make sense to not stoop down to such a low level when doing so? I do not know if I want someone representing me who deems it necessary to say such things regarding a blogger. The worst part about this is that it turned Kelly Dwyer, who by all intents and purposes is a subjective blogger, into the victim. I lost track of how many fellow bloggers of his that I saw who were taking his side. Cavs fans need an advocate, because quite frankly, we have had a very rough year as a fan base. The end-result of Dan Gilbert’s tweet did nothing but turn this into yet another “The World vs. Cleveland” and our voice is showing very little maturity.
I would like to address my feelings on Kelly Dwyer. As I mentioned in the first two paragraphs, he and I had very similar beliefs on what the Cavs front office needed to do. We questioned whether the team knew it. So why do I not like him? Simply because he is a biased hypocrite.
Which one is it, Kelly? Is it a “solid supporting cast” or is it a “dodgy supporting crew“? Kelly Dwyer tells anyone within an earshot that Dan Gilbert needs to rebuild the team, but the minute the Cavs make a move in that direction, he is overly critical of it. It wasn’t until the 12th paragraph that he mentioned the fact that the Cavs acquired an unprotected lottery pick from the Clippers in exchange for taking Baron Davis off their hands. Only an overly-pessimistic, biased blogger with a stick up his ass would take the Baron Davis trade as face-value and ignore the unprotected first round pick.
Instead of writing about how the Cavs are taking the first step in the right direction of rebuilding, Dwyer was hung up on the supposed idea that the Cavs took too long to rebuild and could have gotten more for Mo Williams (or Antawn Jamison).
The bottom line is that there’s not a single team that is eager to take on Mo Williams or Antawn Jamison. General managers were not sitting around thinking “You know what I’d like to do? Trade for a 34 year old tweener who is overpaid and doesn’t play defense.”
The idea that the Cavs waited too long to rebuild it beyond asinine to me. They made a big step in the right direction before the first trade deadline passed. The team essentially did what Kelly Dwyer was screaming that they needed to do and he found a way to use it against them.
The city of Cleveland and Cavs fans already have enough people against them. We don’t need the owner of our favorite team behaving in a way that gives ammunition to people who like to kick us while we are down. Dan Gilbert, I implore you to keep doing what you are doing but please show a little restraint. It may feel good to “get the last word in,” but that feeling is temporary and it has a negative long-term effect on the city, team and fans.