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Micky Arison handles LeBron James’ departure much better than Dan Gilbert did

USA Basketball Senior Men's Training Camp - Barcelona

USA Basketball Senior Men’s Training Camp - Barcelona

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LeBron James, on his way to Cleveland, has forgiven Dan Gilbert for the petty letter the Cavaliers owner wrote four years ago.

Maybe that was easy for LeBron. Considering his previous stance on the letter – revealed both publicly and privately – I’d guess not.

But he won’t have to take the same step with Heat owner Micky Arison.


This is part of the reason the Heat signed LeBron in the first place.

Sure, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were big draws. But they were in Miami only because Pat Riley – another appealing factor – artfully managed the team’s roster to make room for multiple stars.

And who hired Riley? Arison.

The Heat are a well-run organization, and it starts from the top. Arison’s tweet is just another reminder of the Heat’s class.

That won’t change – even with LeBron leaving.