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Book: Dan Gilbert refused to say LeBron James’ name in meetings for years after The Decision

UCLA coach Steve Alford discusses how he did his best to stay off Michael Jordan and how LeBron James compares to the six-time champion.

As Dan Gilbert tried to welcome LeBron James back to Cleveland, the Cavaliers owner framed their first tenure together as “five great years and one bad night” – a sentiment LeBron echoed.

But rock bottom lasted far longer than the night of The Decision and Gilbert’s infamous letter.

Return of the King” by Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin:

Gilbert had continued to stew, though, and in meetings he refused for several years to say James’s name.

That’s some deep-seated resentment, something not merely stemming from the passion of a single night.

LeBron’s and Gilbert’s relationship still has rockiness, but they came together to win a championship and are pursuing another. LeBron provides on-court excellence, and Gilbert spends big. It’s a fruitful combination, no matter the animosity that preceded it.

But it’s still a wonder they reconciled at all.

Disclosure: I received a promotional copy of “Return of the King.”