Today the Mayor of Akron decided to open his mouth and speak out of ignorance.
“One day after James won his second consecutive NBA title for the Miami Heat, Plusquellic spoke candidly from his conference room about “The Decision” made by James in 2010.
“Dan Gilbert can be mad at me if he wants to be, but I wish Dan Gilbert would have spent some of his money and gone out and bought a couple of all-stars and then said to LeBron, ‘Hey, I’m giving you a team that you can win a championship here.’ Instead, everybody waited, held their cards close to the vest and said, ‘OK, LeBron please sign.'”
Plusquellic admits he’s not sure if that would have changed James’s decision, but now he’s now encouraging Gilbert to spend more cash on the Cavs future.
“I think he had more than enough (money) before we gave him all the gambling interest in northeast Ohio, so I think right now, he has more than enough money to be able to do something to bring a championship back to Cleveland,” Plusquellic said.”
I understand the the Mayor wanted to recognize the accomplishment of a famous Akronite. I have no problem with that. He should do that. But that is where it should have stopped. If you don’t understand the NBA salary cap structure, or the details surrounding the events of LeBron’s departure, then just be quiet about it.
More over, shouldn’t the reporting of this ‘statement’ have included a few facts to counter balance the piece? Like the fact that the Cavaliers were offering the most money allowed by the CBA, more than any other team could have offered? What about the amount of money the Cavaliers spent over the cap while James was here trying to surround him with talent? You can argue the quality of players brought in (Larry Hughes), or the age of players brought in (Shaq, Jamison), but you can’t say that not spending money was the issue.
I hope that someone in Mayor Plusquellic’s staff is briefing him right now on the facts of the situation.