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Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:59 pm
Posted by Royce Young

After the NBA's ridiculous handling of the Chris Paul situation in New Orleans, a lot of people have felt the need to vent. I know I have. I caught myself yelling at my dog yesterday saying things like, "How dare the NBA intervene and manipulate the league!"

Steve Kerr though, has a much bigger voice and when he talks, a lot more people than a dog listen up. Kerr is a TNT analyst now, but was the Phoenix Suns general manager for a number of years and a prominant player on a couple of Michael Jordan's championship Bulls. He knows the inside of the business. He knows how it all works. And he is fired up about the way the NBA blocked CP3's trade to the Lakers, most notably about Dan Gilbert who sent an email to David Stern the day it happened complaining about it. Via Sports Radio Interviews:
"It's such a crock that he would even mention that. That guy is a billionaire, they have been way over the cap while they had LeBron, way over the tax. He's still upset that he lost LeBron and he needs to get over it. LeBron gave that franchise the best seven years they have ever had. He was a free agent and he decided to leave. Nobody likes the way LeBron left, even he apologized for it the other night on TV but the fact is there is a thing called free agency and if a superstar player wants to leave when they are agents, they can leave."
Tell us how you really feel, Steve.

But he couldn't be more right. Gilbert was complaining about things like the luxury tax and how the Lakers were going to save money, therefore cutting into the revenue shared with small market teams like his Cavs. Gilbert said that 25 teams were the Washington Generals. He's basically been playing quite the woe-is-me thing ever since LeBron left the Cavs.

Kerr on the trade itself:
"Every one of them is wrong and I don't know how many there are either but I've been angry all day long about this whole thing because I think it was a great basketball trade. There are so many trades made these days that are lousy trades that are made for financial purposes ... The problem I have is that this was a great trade for the Hornets.

There's no way they can duplicate that. I thought Dell Demps did an incredible job. You end up with three legitimate good players in (Luis) Scola, Kevin Martin, and (Lamar) Odom. You get a first round pick, you get Goran Dragic who I like and a guy I drafted in Phoenix. He's a good player. You're telling me you're going to deny that for basketball reasons when every single other analyst out there and every GM thinks they hit a home run with that trade. And by the way in seven months if they play it out they are getting nothing."


I made one of the worst trades in NBA history. I traded Kurt Thomas and two first round picks to Seattle for nothing, to save 16 million dollars for our organization. Where was the NBA then to veto that trade for basketball reasons?"
First, I love that Kerr acknowledges how bad the Thomas trade was. He made it to save Robert Sarver some money, but that deal ended up giving then Seattle and now the Thunder, two first round picks, one of which turned into Serge Ibaka. Like he said, why didn't the league intervene with that?

The point with this whole thing is, is that the league shouldn't have such a heavy hand here. Yes, the NBA owns the Hornets. But it's also supposed to oversee the league and make sure things stay fair. It's supposed to stay out of the way. For as much as the NBA preached competitive balance, they sure have stuck their thumb out and intentionally hurt the Rockets and Lakers. It's not fair and it's got people like Steve Kerr angry.

I would say that it's going to be awkward when TNT does a Cavs game, but we all know that nobody is wasting a national television game on the Cavs. Unless LeBron's coming to town. The truth hurts, huh Dan?

Via Deadspin

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:24 am

Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

Steve Kerr raises some good points, but is wrong in the end. Yes, the Cavs have been over the cap with LeBron, but that was before LeBron, Wade and Bosh created the second Big Three and everybody started to realize just how unfair the league was becoming. Steve Kerr doesn't see the problem with a 5-team league because he's an analyst working national games. And those national games involve only variations of the Lakers, Heat, Thunder, Celtics and Knicks. He's going to make his money, but for fans of small-market teams, this league is unwatchable.

Gilbert is perhaps a bit too outspoken, but Cavs fans are in love with the guy because he seems to be the one owner who cares about basketball more than making even more money that he doesn't need.

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:34 am

Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

Does anyone know why teams cannot trade away first round picks in a row, and be without for two years?   It is specifically because of former Cavs owner Ted Stepien, who made one bone-headed trade after another and the league had to step in and make it so owners like him couldn't keep shooting themselves in the foot.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:56 pm
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Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:15 am

Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

Thanks Steve, but Dan Gilbert is right...He may not be right in the way he's going about it, but he's right in what he's saying...The NBA could very well end up with 5 super teams vs. the Washington Generals...

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:33 am

Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

I said it before and Ill say it again, Dan Gilbert is a cry baby and now its proven fact that he is also a big fat hypocrite. 

I love hearing Steve Kerr out. He will never be biased nor a hater for any player/franchise.

The man is the voice of reason for basketball.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:28 am

Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

easy to say, but Kerr is not paying Jamison all that money to rot ton the bench. 

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:26 am

Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

Sure, Gilbert's a nut but he's right when he talks about having about 5 or 6 superteams and 25 stiffs. All it takes is 2 or 3 elite players to succeed in the NBA. The problem is there was nothing in the new CBA to prevent superteams from forming so Stern is scrambling to appease small market teams and is looking like a bumbling autocrat in the process.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:19 am

Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

Thank you Steve!!!

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:06 am

Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

Gilbert doesn't speak for the average fan at all.  He's a privilged idiot who considers himnself a slick deal maker and is pissed because Lebron did what he wanted instead of what Gilbert wanted.  Don't give me this Gilbert and Cleveland got jobbed B.S.  Lebron signed a contract, played it out and moved on.  He might have been a dick in doing that "The Decision" show on ESPN, but the truth is he honored his contract and signed another with a team he wanted to play for more than Cleveland.  I love Kerr.  He really blasted Gilbert and his experience as a coaches son, NCAA and NBA player, NBA executive and NBA analyst I think makes him more qualified to discuss the big picture than someone like Gilbert who only cares about his self interest.  Gilbert has shown himself to be childish to an almost embarrasing extent.  He is a crybaby and his whining letter after the proposed CP3 trade help cement that.  One of things I heard and liked was the statement that someone must really not like Gilbert to leak his letter to the NBA objecting to the trade.  As ye so, so shall ye reap!!!  Merry Christmas Dan Gilbert!!  Ha. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:40 pm

Steve Kerr: Dan Gilbert needs to 'get over it'

This is so true and funny and the NBA is making just as big a mistake now, unless the Clips are going to act like the old Clips and blink.

The fact Kerr is a former GM bring all one needs to know about what other GMs still employed in the NBA want to say.

But the Clip could save face for the NBA by overpaying for Chris Paul. The last offer they made, if reports were right, was too much for a team that has not been a playoff team. But the Clips, being the Clips could give in to WAY overpay and hope to get on Stern's good side by saving his bacon. With Griffin and the talent they now have, time is the only thing they need to be ready to make waves in the playoffs.

Problem is someone should step in and stop the Clippers for basketball reasons. But it will not happen and the NBA office will be quite happy for the Clips returning to be a NBA joke.

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