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Dan Gilbert's still making money off of LeBron

Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:44 pm
Posted by Royce Young

After "The Decision" last June, Dan Gilbert was, well, pissed. He ripped off a now infamous Comic Sans rant proclaiming that LeBron was a traitor and wouldn't win a title before the Cavs. He also pulled a more subtle gesture to take a dig at his former superstar: Gilbert, who owns Fathead, slashed prices on all LeBron Cavalier merchandise to $17.41, which is the year famous traitor Benedict Arnold was born.

History slam.

But via, Gilbert, who profitted greatly from LeBron's time in Cleveland, is back to making money off his sworn enemy.

Before last season, LeBron James decided to opt out of the wall graphic category that is included as part of each NBA player's group licensing agreement. James had a deal with a company to make wall graphics of him, though that company couldn't use NBA marks since the official rights to league marks were exclusive to Fathead.

In the end, the company never did release a James wall graphic and the opt out recently expired.

But on Monday morning, CNBC discovered that Fathead was selling four wall graphics of James in his Heat jersey. What makes the relationship sticky is that the ownership group of Fathead is led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who LeBron of course left to go to the Heat.

(If you're wondering, Gilbert can continue to sell his Fathead player things during the lockout because the company's deal is with the NBA Players' Association, not the NBA.)

If you're wondering, all the Fathead LeBron stuff is now $17.41 now. It's now $99.99. So Gilbert's obviously made a mends enough in his mind to take advantage of LeBron's starpower to make a little money off him.

LeBron needs to ask himself his favorite question here: What should I do? Should he opt out again just to spite Gilbert? Should he be the bigger man and just let Gilbert make his life-size wall stickers?

I'm a big fan of spite and I think LeBron has every reason to opt out just to stick it to Gilbert. I mean, remember, Gilbert did call LeBron a coward. And then rubbed him losing the NBA Finals in a bit on Twitter. Go for spite LeBron. You've stuck it to Gilbert before, now just do it again.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:04 pm

Dan Gilbert's still making money off of LeBron

opt out and Dan would really be pissed lmaoo

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:32 pm
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Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 10:39 pm

Dan Gilbert's still making money off of LeBron

Right on, author!! LeBron has every reason to opt out and spite Gilbert! It's not like LeBron quit on the franchise or embarrassed the city of Cleveland on national TV or anything like that...

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 6:04 pm

Dan Gilbert's still making money off of LeBron

Two Denver Bronco fans trash talking the NBA.That's rich.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:21 pm

Dan Gilbert's still making money off of LeBron

If LeBron wasn't in the NBA the league would suffer. Even though he's a great regular season player, and a complete choke artist when the pressures on, no James means no NBA talk. James is the Lindsay Lohan of the NBA, everybody follows the guys every move even though he's really done nothing. As for Gilbert, an owner that has that kind of hissy fit isn't good for any league but that has never stop the league from giving teams to schmucks.

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:52 pm

Dan Gilbert's still making money off of LeBron

Yeah, neither one of them is in it for the game. If LeBron never played again he would make more money than most countries. Dan Gilbert just needs to let it go. He's a rich owner who needs to let his organization restock and start a new run of winning with players that are actually in the NBA to bring a title to Cleveland, not to be a wall poster Fathead!

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