About That Dan Gilbert Guarantee on LeBron

You cannot take it to the bank.
LeBron James of the Miami Heat holds the championship trophy after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Photograph by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Two years ago, when LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach, he left behind a very bitter Dan Gilbert in Cleveland. The Cavaliers owner and Quicken Loans founder fired off a now legendary e-mail calling James “heartless and callous,” among other things. He also guaranteed, in Comic Sans all-caps, “THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE.” Adding, perhaps unwisely for a man who made his fortune in mortgage lending, “you can take it to the bank.”

Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert
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