Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert Unhappy With NBA ‘Bloggissists’

by September 16, 2011
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A media report yesterday claimed that Cleveland’s Dan Gilbert (along with the Suns’ Robert Sarver) were two of the owners strongly opposed to meeting the NBA players’ association halfway during negotiations. Gilbert used Twitter to express his unhappiness with the media. The Plain Dealer breaks it down: “Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert used his Twitter account last night to angrily respond to reports that he helped derail potential progress in the NBA labor negotiations. In the process, it appears he also invented a word to describe his online detractors. ‘Some of these NBA ‘bloggissists’ flat-out make stuff up and hen try to dupe readers into believing their fiction is real. Sad & pathetic,’ Gilbert wrote. An ESPN.com story, citing anonymous sources, stated that Gilbert and Phoenix’s Robert Sarver expressed discontent with many points of a proposal from the players union during a meeting Tuesday in New York. According to the report, owners were seriously considering ‘coming off their demands for a salary freeze and would allow players’ future earnings to be tied into the league’s revenue growth, a critical point for players. The owners also were willing to allow the players to maintain their current salaries without rollbacks,’ sources said.”