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Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 2:48 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

There have been some serious villains painted during the lockout. Paul Allen. Kevin Garnett. Jeffrey Kessler. Robert Sarver. And Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.

Both Sarver and Gilbert have been seen as two owners pushing hard to get a runaway victory, with some reports even having Gilbert and Sarver being a reason talks blew up at one point. But Gilbert might not be near as hardline as once thought.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com wrote this Wednesday
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Though it may be surprising to some, Phoenix owner Robert Sarver and Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert have not been as hawkish in the negotiations as they have been portrayed, two of the sources told CBSSports.com. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, it turns out, also is not in the hawkish camp, according to two people who disputed a CBSSports.com report Sunday to the contrary. I wouldn't wager my mortgage on who's right about Prokhorov, but I would love to have him at the news conference when this is over.
And then there's this report from ESPN.com saying Gilbert is no longer a "hawk" owner:
However, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN.com that Gilbert has adjusted his position in recent days and moved into a more moderate mode, voting with fellow owners who are willing to accept a 50/50 share of BRI.
A move to the middle for multiple owners signals good news for a deal. It's getting to that point where an agreement is near and the owners that have played hardball might be willing to soften just to get something done. There are still plenty of hardline guys, but the number appears to be shrinking.

The players acted as if they were prepared to walk in to Wednesday's meeting to offer a 50-50 BRI split, which has long been the hangup for owners. If that happens and the owners can meet them in the middle on some system issues, a deal will happen. It just has to.

And the reason for it will be owners like Gilbert, who were once dug in, moving off their stance. How about that: Dan Gilbert could be a good guy for once.
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millkass
Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:23 pm
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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:45 am
 

Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

maybe you don't understand how the world works but casinos make money regardless of if there's an NBA team playing nearby or not. Just an uninformed, ridiculous statement



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:53 am
 

Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

once the union decertifies, the owners should just start over.  with no union to deal with, they wont have to pay anyone a percentage of bri or anything other than their salaries. 

there are more lebrons out there, trust me.  they just havent been given the golden opportunities which the chosen one received.  once the players see that, they will come back.  one by one, they will return because they know no other way to make a living than to play a game.  they have been pampered and coddled all of their lives and do not have what it takes to make it in the "real world."




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

Makes no sense.  He was building the casino before the lock out.  If that was the motive, then he would have been "playing nice" before now.  If anything, with the casino going up, he has another stream of revenue, so he could be even more nasty.  Way to take nothing, and turn it into nothing,  You sound like a hater.  Tossing stuff out there just to  make noise.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

Makes no sense.  He was building the casino before the lock out.  If that was the motive, then he would have been "playing nice" before now.  If anything, with the casino going up, he has another stream of revenue, so he could be even more nasty.  Way to take nothing, and turn it into nothing,  You sound like a hater.  Tossing stuff out there just to  make noise.



Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:01 pm
 

Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

The factors that contribute to a positive ROI does not correlate to winning. The ROI for owners are not the same as our ROI as fans as well as the players. Dan was lucky enough to win the lottery for LJ services and profited from that in Cleveland. Now that LJ is gone, he gets lucky again and gets the No. 1 pick. I am pretty sure that Kyrie Irving won't equat to LJ monetary contributions. Bottom line: Owners need star power to get wealth creation. These negotiations are getting off track to the prinicpals of the sport. Winning + star power + good mananed teams = positive ROI. Let's play ball!



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

I'd rather live in cleveland with moderate yearly temperatures as opposed to texas where its just HOT and DRY.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

Of course Gilbert was a hardline owner, when lebron left his teams value dropped by $250 million, id be just as tough as he is on getting the best deal.
Yes, but no new deal can force a player to stay in a place like Cleveland



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

Of course Gilbert was a hardline owner, when lebron left his teams value dropped by $250 million, id be just as tough as he is on getting the best deal.



Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Report: Dan Gilbert no longer a hardliner

How about that: Dan Gilbert could be a good guy for once.
When was he a bad guy????


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