Dan Gilbert’s biggest mistake since The Letter is letting David Griffin leave: Bill Livingston (photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians opened the World Series last October on the same night as the Cleveland Cavaliers received their NBA championship rings.

Anticipating the mingling of joyous fans, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert moved the tip-off of his team’s game up an hour so fans with tickets to both events could see more of the baseball game.

It was a nice gesture.

“What does it say about him?”

In the days before the big night, at the Cavs’ practice in Independence, Ohio, an earnest writer asked LeBron James, “What does that say about Dan Gilbert.”

This type of question isn’t even the journalistic equivalent of a batting practice fastball. It’s a tee ball, sitting there, metaphorically anyway, on its little rubber tube, waiting for James to put the sweet spot on it.

“I don’t know,” said James. “What does it say about him?”

Monday night, one year to the day after the Cavaliers won Cleveland’s first major professional sports championship in 52 years, general manager David Griffin, the architect of the title team, effectively was fired by Gilbert.

Gilbert thought his appraisal of where the team stood and what moves needed to be made was more accurate than Griffin’s.

Owners often think money makes them the smartest people in the room. Usually, this is not correct.

Griffin’s good work

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Article source: http://www.cleveland.com/livingston/index.ssf/2017/06/dan_gilberts_biggest_mistake_s.html

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