"I know I made that crazy promise, but it was more of a rallying cry to get people to rally around that message."
"I don't think their experiment is going to work. But that's just me. I just don't see Dwyane Wade and LeBron James gelling together on the court."
"People know what the truth is. Because I say it or because I don't say it, people know what it is. All players are not alike. There are players who understand what it's all about. Could there be a few guys who don't want to come, like Chris Bosh? Probably. We're looking for guys who are tough and want to compete. I absolutely believe we can bring a championship to Cleveland, and that will be a very happy day and a day of redemption."
"We really believed until the end that he was staying," Gilbert said. "We were pretty shocked, to be honest with you.
"When [LeBron and his advisers] announced they were going to do [the team presentations] in Cleveland and not go on their tour, for us that was another sign that this guy and these guys can't muster enough energy to go on the road -- how is he going to move? Going through the process, we felt really good. We felt our meeting went good, and we had another meeting at his house 10 days or two weeks before that.
"The last few days when it got set up in Connecticut [to broadcast his announcement], we couldn't figure it out. It was just very bizarre. Why is he going to the Boys & Girls Club in Greenwich, Conn.? We started thinking to ourselves, It doesn't make sense. We can't think he's going to go on national TV and build it up and humiliate and disgrace Cleveland, Ohio, by saying he's leaving. The only way he comes out of this positive is if he announces he's staying, because otherwise he's going to destroy himself. That was our thought process.
"We knew it was more than a 50-70 percent chance he was going to stay."
Other juicy tidbits here:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/w ... itter_feed