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Despite what you think you know, the economy may indeed be on the upswing

Retail shopping is always a key indicator as to how the economy is doing.

By Gregory Moore

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I’ve had good reason; I’ve become the product of a booming economy.

Yeah that’s right; I’m the proud product of an economy that is on the upswing.

The job market is up people.

Retailers are about to see a major boost in sales starting in six days and guess what? Some of the things that were promised two years ago are happening right in front of you.

What is so ironic is the fact that there are individuals who want to continue to tell you that this country’s economy is still in the sewer and we have a long way to go.

Well here’s what you do…stop listening to naysayers and pay attention to what is going on around you.

Forget about what the politicians and talking heads are saying because if the truth was truly told, they would be saying that despite some rough times, there are good times ahead and that it is going to take hard work.

Now does that mean that the Democrats have won?

The Republicans and Tea Partyers?

No on all fronts.

This isn’t about politics but about how the American people are making things work and that is what we are all about.

I’ve said in the past that if people got up and stopped feeling sorry for themselves they would find ways of fixing whatever needs fixing.

Our economy needs fixing folks and we are fixing it.

I’ve been in one of the busiest malls in Dallas and I don’t see a slumping economy.

Not when you see shopping bags from some big name stores in shoppers’ hands.

From Tiffany’s to Dillard’s to Macy’s to the new Disney store, I see a booming economy.

Car dealerships are doing well too as I’ve seen a lot of dealer tags for both new and used cars on the road.

And the job market?

Don’t get me started because I’ll debate anyone who tells me there aren’t jobs out there.

They are out there but you can’t be sitting on your couch and waiting for it to come.

Knock, knock.

Who’s there.

Job.

Job who?

Do you want one?

You’ll never hear that knock folks but as one car company’s ad is known for saying, Mr. Opportunity is out there and he’s knocking on the right door if you know where to look.

So with the holiday season about to commence, let me say this: the economy is blooming and booming.

It’s on the upswing and 2010 has been a good year for all of us.

We just need to keep pushing to make sure that the next new year is even better than the past.

 Happy Holidays.

Best Buy’s PC gurus really don’t impress me in their knowledge

Salespeople at computer retail stores really should know their product by understanding what the customer wants; not throwing around tech terms they barely understand themselves.

By Gregory Moore

DALLAS, Texas — Over the weekend, the Moore household had to make a purchase for a new addition to the family.

No we didn’t get a dog or cat; we added to our computer offspring.

Now so that you understand, I’m a Mac guy.

I don’t despise Windows or the user base but I just like my stuff to work if you know what I mean.

And I also know that my preference of computer systems is on the high side of the computer-purchasing spectrum.

Let’s face it.

The mere fact that the cheapest desktop in Apple’s stable starts out at $699 and their entry-level laptop is $300 more.

So when you’re on a budget, you can’t always get what you want.

I’m okay with that fact because I know that sometimes necessity is going to be dictated by how many Abe Lincolns, George W’s and Bennies are in my wallet.

Over the weekend, let’s just say that necessity and wallet size won that battle.

And so for the time being the household has one Mac mini and one Windows 7 laptop.

But this isn’t about the new addition to the family or my ‘snootiness’ of computer choice as my girlfriend loves to say; it’s about the abhorrent perceived knowledge that Best Buy thinks is customer service.

Now maybe I’m a little touchy because I’m back in the IT field and customer relations is a part of my job.

Sure I am dealing with a lot of support issues but I also have to know the systems I’m servicing and I have to be able to sometimes sell those systems with confidence.

But is irking me as I write this blog is the fact that so many people at Best Buy who are in the PC section think that throwing out big words is what customers want to hear.

Well it’s not.

When my girlfriend hands me the box with the laptop she wants in it and says, “double check and make sure it has wifi built in”; that tells me that the sales person did not do his or her job.

Does every laptop have wifi built in now?

Sure it does.

But how about being professional and answering all of the customer’s objections and questions so that they are assured of making the right purchase.

Throwing around big words didn’t impress me with the people in the blue and yellow shirts; it really ticked me off.

And when I asked a more technical question on processor speed, getting stumped and making something up doesn’t help either.

(Yes the sales guy tried to smooze his way into telling me what type of processor the laptop had and what it meant and he failed miserably).

Word of advice Best Buy and anyone else who is at a retail shop selling electronic gizmos to us; know your product and know it well.

We consumers are a more savvy than you think and the last thing you want is for a customer to turn to their spouse or tech friend and ask them all the important questions that you should have answers to.

We don’t like big words; just words that make sense when we are spending large sums of money.

Sir Charles seems to forget his nomadish “punkish” moves during his career

by Gregory Moore

Charles Barkley played for three teams in his playing days and he chased titles like every one else. (Daily Comedy)

DALLAS, Tx – It’s just amazing what rose tinted glasses do to one’s vision these days.

Charles Barkley, aka the Round Mound of Rebound, aka Sir Charles, recently went on a local sports radio show and said that LeBron James needs to add his name to the list as one of the guys who is talking about the former Cleveland Cavalier.

“I heard about LeBron’s little tweet today that he’s remembering everybody who said anything bad about him,” Barkley said Thursday on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM in Dallas/Fort Worth. “And he said ‘everybody.’ Well, I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that (list).
“I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage was a punk move, and I thought he should’ve stayed in Cleveland. Him joining Dwyane Wade‘s team was very disappointing to me.”

Okay so Barkley, like a few other former NBA players, thinks what James did was such a disservice to both him and a lot of people.

Really?

Can someone explain to me why Barkley left the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that drafted him in 1984 for the Phoenix Suns at the beginning of the 1992-93 season.

Does anyone know why he left?

He wanted to win a championship and the 76ers didn’t have the pieces to do so.

So after eight seasons, and a spitting incident, he left for dryer pastures and got to the NBA Finals with Keven Johnson’s and Dan Marjle’s team.

Yeah I said it.

This wasn’t his team. It was two other superstars’ Suns team.

Barkley proclaimed it destiny for the Suns to beat the Bulls but a guy by the name of Michael Jordan had something to say about that.

Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won that series in six games and that was the last time Barkley even sniffed the Finals again.

So after the 1995-96 season, Barkley departed the Suns and headed down IH-10 to Houston to join another team; the Houston Rockets.

Why?

That elusive championship.

The problem here was that Barkley was a year late and far too heavy to be that big of a contributing factor for the Rockets.

Plus it wasn’t his team.

The Rockets had guys like Hakeem Olajuwan, Kenny Smith, clyde Drexler and Robert Horry on that roster.

They were all stars of equal or better shine than Barkley was.

So after four seasons with the Rockets, that included the lockout year that saw the San Antonio Spurs win a title, Barkley saw his career end with only one NBA appearance.

He was a nomad looking for a ring.

And yet he’s upset that James left Cleveland for Miami?

Why did he leave Philly and Phoenix?

Couldn’t the same argument be made about him and so many other ball players who are pros?

After all, what is every pro athlete chasing besides money?

A title.

Don’t believe me? Why is Shaquile O’Neal a Boston Celtic now so late in his career?

Because he wants to win another title.

We’ve all talked about the now infamous television mess that showed up on our tvs that July night.

James and his handlers definitely didn’t do the right thing.

But Barkley needs to enjoy retirement and just let the young guy does what is best for his career.

After all Barkley left at least TWO cities that loved him for a title chase and yet he’s considered one of the fifty greatest players in league history.

Nobody thought about what Barkley did in his playing days when he was nomadic and we sure as heck can’t be second guessing James on his ways in this day and age.

Different time, different era.

Yet both players made the same ‘decision’ on their careers at a time when it looked like they bailed on their former team(s).

Rings are important. And that is why they left when they did.

And if you aren’t about the ring, then you just aren’t about winning it seems.

The “Decision” has become nothing more than an LBJ media circus production

LeBron James has become the puppet master of this media circus called "The Decision".

By Gregory Moore

DALLAS, Texas – Today may be July 8, 2010 but in the sports media world, it seems to be the date where a big decision will rock one city, set another city on its proverbial ear and send shock waves through a sports league.

At least that is what everyone who is involved in this circus tent wants you to believe.

ESPN has gotten suckered into making this their lead story and primetime showcase.

The National Basketball Association has been waiting with baited breath to see which way LeBron James will go so that they can get their marketing team ready to roll out whatever merchandise they may see coming.

The city of Miami is hoping that James’ decision means they have another title on the way while the cities of Akron and Cleveland brace for what can only be considered the death nail in an area where the last professional sports championship came in 1964.

And if you turn your television tuner to other channels or you are listening to any type of sports talk or even news talk on the radio dial, undoubtedly there will be pundits from all walks of life saying what a 25-year-old man should or should not do today.

One may think this is a great news story but in actuality it’s a media circus that has been created by the King James brand and it is bordering on bad media ethics.

I can’t fault the peeps over at ESPN for doing this.

Heck actually I can’t fault anyone who is in the sports talk biz for speaking on this.

But that is where this ends.

The problem with ESPN is that they are kind of in bed with James on this; even from the very beginning. While SportsCenter may be the ‘news’ arm of the company, shows like Mike and Mike, Scott Van Pelt and other shows coming from other opinion based shows out of the Bristol, Connecticut studios haven’t been on the up and up on news coverage.

James and his LBJ consortium knew this.

What’s worse is that James’ legacy as being the ‘greatest’ player in the NBA both on the court and off is now taking a serious hit.

What Maverick Carter and others do not realize is that broadcasting his decision on ESPN during a prime time viewing hour isn’t hurting your marketability of James; it’s hurting it.

Think of the greatest basketball player of this era or at least within the last 20 years.

Do you honestly think Michael Jordan would do what James is doing now?

Not when you are already considered one of the best in the world and people are buying your sneaks at $150 a pair.

And that’s the formula that James and his people simply did not follow.

What made Jordan so ‘adorable’ to us was the fact that he wasn’t that much of a show ma off the court.

Yes he had a press conference when he ‘retired’ from the NBA for a few years but when he came back, he and his agent crafted just a two word announcement: “I’m Back.”

Sure Nike came up with the Morris Blackmon commercial in which Spike Lee talked about “Money” dropping a double nickel on his beloved Knicks. But the point is that when Jordan came back, there was not long, drawn out process on the decision. There was a lot of speculation but Jordan didn’t fuel it.

There in lies the problem with this decision.

Instead of James ‘being the news’, he made the news. He fabricated its headlines and formed up the story lines.

Ethically I think that not only is this wrong but it goes against everything that true journalism should be about; even sports journalism.

James and company may be headed to Miami today.

Heck he may decide to stay in Cleveland or head over to the Windy City.

But that is no longer going to be the story.

It would have been the story if Carter didn’t contact ESPN and pitch to the head honchos this idea of making his buddy and client the focal point of a lead story in throws of summer.

And while I may think that ESPN should have said thanks but no thanks, again I can’t fault them for not being able to broadcast it; no matter how unethical I think it may be.

The problem is that what James has done is create the media circus he said he didn’t want when the courtship for a new team began.

In actuality what he wanted was to be able to be the ring master in this media circus and that is exactly what this is; a media circus.

For someone who said he wasn’t about all the attention, this orchestration shows that not only is James about himself but he isn’t about winning titles.

Unlike MJ, LBJ has shown his true colors of being an opportunist and that may backfire big time if all of this manipulation does not yield a title in five years or less.

If that happens then what LeBron James will be known for is just another Hall of Fame basketball player who couldn’t deliver the goods on a championship.

This big decision will be then looked at as the big bust and where will Maverick Carter and company be then?

With the proverbial egg all over their face.

With money made, Bush et al. don’t care that future players are facing two-year probation

Like a Shakespearan play, USC has fallen by the wayside in college football.

By Gregory Moore

There’s a scene in the movie “The Program” in which Alvin Mack, the middle line backer scolds freshman running back Darnell Jefferson for questioning getting a few dollars from a booster during a recent team dinner, “All you need to know is how to sign an NFL contract… period.”

You may remember that scene.

I know I do and it still is a powerful piece of cinema when you are talking about college athletics, finances and how players use the system and the system uses the players.

Over the years there have been numerous scandals in the collegiate ranks.

In the 1940s and 1950s, there is the infamous City College scandal in which several players ‘shaved’ points for the mob in New York City. Who could ever forget what the SMU Mustangs had done in the 1980s in recruiting top-notch players like Eric Dickerson and Craig James. The program received what is affectionately called the “death penalty” for giving players ‘signing bonuses’ to get top recruits into the Dallas school. How about the famous ‘shoe scandal’ of the Florida State Seminoles?

Recently however schools have been finding themselves in some serious scandals that have rocked their programs to the core. The University of Memphis is still reeling from the entrance exam scandal that embroiled several players and coaches including Kentucky head coach John Calapari and Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.

Nothing however comes to forefront of what is systematically wrong in collegiate sports as what has been found out by an NCAA investigation into one of the nation’s most premiere of sports departments, the University of California Trojans.

On Thursday, June 9, 2010, the NCAA unveiled a 67-page report that has put the football program on a two-year probation period for violations that took place during the height of the Reggie Bush era. The names of the accused aren’t mentioned but rather referred to as “student athlete 1” and is referred to by the committee as a ‘repeat violator’ of NCAA rules.

That’s nothing to chuckle about and if there was ever such a thing as a ‘death penalty’ in modern times of college athletics, this is pretty darn close.

Yet here’s the irony in all of this: the principles that caused the downfall are already rich and they don’t care about the school or the players, fans and administrators that came after the fact.

Don’t believe me? Read what Reggie Bush said:

“I have a great love for the University of Southern California and I very much regret the turn that this matter has taken, not only for USC, but for the fans and players,” Bush said in a statement.

“I am disappointed by [Thursday’s] decision and disagree with the NCAA’s findings. If the University decides to appeal, I will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and USC, as I did during the investigation. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on making a positive impact for the University and for the community where I live.”

That’s not the sound of someone who is contrite; that reeks of the arrogance that was USC football under Pete Carroll.

As a matter of fact Carroll said he was shocked at the penalties his program violated.

This isn’t a spoof on Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb.

This is the reality of what happens when academics is taken completely away from sports at the collegiate level.

At USC it’s the football team that is important; not the fact that the university is regarded as one the best places to get an education.

For many athletes, they look at the school as a ‘stepping stone’ to the big paydays and that is pretty much what this report makes the institution out to be.

O.J. Mayo certainly didn’t think USC was worth a school to at least fully attend and he knew that if he went to a prestigious school, his draft stock would rise.

Well it rose but like Bush, he did it on the backs of others who were playing by the rules.

‘Student Athlete 1’ and ‘Student Athlete 2’ can deny this report all they want and they can say that their reputations are being harmed but the facts are the facts. In this case, the mere fact that every allegation that was brought up in a civil case against Bush has come to light.

Yet no one involved in this case is punished.

Not Bush.

Not Carroll.

Nobody.

Ditto for Mayo and former basketball coach Tim Floyd.

And while they are making their millions, the future of these programs are not in doubt.

This whole scenario makes what Rick Neuheisel did back at Washington seem tame.

The bottom line is that while former players like Bush and Mayo, and former coaches like Carroll and Floyd, can feign their ‘indigence’ of being caught, they are rich beyond belief.

They’re safe from any persecution.

The people who are going to suffer are the young men of the football team and the look they will get from their peers.

Whether those guys understand what happened isn’t relevant.

Do you know what just happened?

In the end, after four years of milling around, the NCAA delivered a blow that was a Grade A haymaker.

They knocked the Trojans on their collective ass and dared them to get back up and fight.

Athletic Director Mike Garrett is going to fight and he’s going to come out bloodied; which doesn’t hurt my feelings one bit.

This program bred arrogance in its highest form and it deserved to be punished accordingly.

However the people who will suffer the most are the current players on the football roster.

What it shows is that these individuals didn’t care about USC in 2004-05 and they sure as hell don’t care now when the school is at its darkest hour.

If this isn’t a Greek tragedy, I don’t know what one is anymore.

Brits should be upset that BP execs don’t have American families in their best interests

Oil spill recovery preparations and procedures off of the coast Venice, Louisiana (© BP p.l.c.)

By Gregory Moore

Skimming through the sports annals this morning I came across an interesting tidbit on the Glazer family.

They are $1.68 billion in the hole from buying the Manchester United soccer team.

Yeah you read that right: that’s BILLION with a B.

As stated in an ESPN web story: “The American owners of Manchester United are $1.6 billion in debt, leaving their control of the club in doubt, the BBC reported Monday.”

“The BBC said its investigation found the Glazer family’s debts are $570 million greater than previously known. Malcolm Glazer and his sons also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

All the extra debt comes after the Glazers borrowed extensively against their shopping mall business in the United States. The extent of the debt could fuel a further revolt by a group of United fans who oppose the Glazers’ ownership.”

“The Glazers took over United in 2005 in a leveraged buyout worth $1.4 billion.”

As you read the story you find out that the Glazer family is not welcomed owners across the waters and their fan base there lets it be known quite conspicuously with the wearing of colors from an olden time.

And if you keep reading, you find out that the study that the BBC is referring to was orchestrated by Andy Green, a London financial analyst who is part of a campaign by disgruntled United fans to oust the Glazers.

Pretty mundane stuff right?

I mean unless you’re a serious ‘football’ fan, do you really care about how fans of Manchester U feel about an American family?

You should because that perceived anger by a family owning one of Britian’s prized sports’ jewels will be part of the back story of the backlash that British Petroleum and other British companies will be facing in the coming months.

It shouldn’t be a group of soccer fans worried about who owns their beloved Premier league squad that makes headlines.

It should be the fact that very few in Britian understand the importance of BP taking full responsibility for its goof up in U.S. coastal regions.

What should be troubling to every American is the fact that no one from the British Parliament has taken BP execs to task on this issue.

What so many in Britian are worried about is their pensions and value of BP stock where in this country we are worried about whole industries being shut down behind this spill.

Katrina may have been the worst ‘natural’ disaster in the gulf region but this disaster is 100% man made and it is almost ten times worse; despite all of the press briefings coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Right now I could care less about production values and more about how to get this mess cleaned up so that coastal water ways can begin the natural healing process of ‘fixing’ the damage.

We may be hearing that from those in this country but I have yet to read anywhere where BP has understood the severity of this calamity that they allowed to happen.

Right now all I hear from across the pond is how much money this company could be losing and a perceived backlash.

According to the Corporate Counsel website,  “BP told its investors Monday that it has spent over $1.25 billion in costs since April 20 for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, and that rate of spending “is expected to continue for some time.”

Really?

What doe they expect to happen?

Heck if this happened to a US company where something damaged the Atlantic near England’s shores, you’d be hearing of a massive protests and uprisings.

And the British people would be wanting answers from that US company.

Well guess what?

We want the same darn thing.

And we want some compassion and understanding as well.

Not just from BP but from those high and mighty lords in the British government too.

This is a situation where the President is trying to do every thing he can to help galvanize his country.

Let’s face it, president Obama has a tough road to hoe on this issue and he is going to catch hell from all sides because people don’t already think he’s qualified for the job.

The problem is that in this country, you don’t go to school to become a President or assembly man; it’s serious on the job training.

And right about now we all need to be behind him on this issue because he is trying to get a foreign company to pay for their mistake that has now drifted onto our shores.

But it would be awfully nice if the Brits came on board as well.

One off their companies screwed up not just a coastline but several industries.

There are families at stake here and they deserve to not only be heard but compensated.

Our government can only do so much; it needs the assurance that enough pressure is being put on from BP’s home country that they need to step up their game for all the right reasons; not just to satisfy their bottom line.

And that should mean that thousands of British citizens are as irate as Americans are that British Petroleum is dragging its collective feet on this disaster in all areas.

Firing Brown to keep James in Cleveland dumbest move in Cavs’ history

Daniel Gilbert made a big mistake thinking that firing the Cavs' Mike Brown will keep LeBron James in town. All that did was turn his team into the Dallas Mavericks of the Eastern Conference.

By Gregory Moore

It’s tough to be fired from a job; especially in today’s economy.

What’s worse is being held accountable for something that wasn’t 100% your fault.

For Mike Brown, the now former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, being let go by an organization that five years ago was not even considered an elite franchise is an insult that no head coach should have to endure.

In any sport.

But firing Brown wasn’t because he had a bad season.

Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert fired Brown because he wanted to keep his Golden Child aka LeBron James.

In my opinion this was dumbest thing that Gilbert could do as an owner and that he’s more worried about his ticket sales than a championship ring.

And his co-conspirator in this case is general manager Danny Ferry.

Now I’ve never considered Ferry to be anybody’s lap dog but not standing up for Brown and standing beside Gilbert as he tries to hold on to James makes him the number one lackey in Cleveland right now.

Here’s the thing: Brown’s firing isn’t going to persuade James one way or the other.

Ferry should understand what it takes to win a championship; hell he came from an organization that took a moment to get it right in San Antonio.

If he forgot that lesson, maybe he should look down at his hand or check his trophy case.

Very few individuals have those championship rings, owners included, and Gilbert isn’t about a championship. Not if he’s going to pick a player over the franchise’s winningest head coach.

But Gilbert isn’t the first owner to be a dumbass when it comes to pining for a ring.

Mark Cuban did it when he fired Avery Johnson.

Jerry Reinsdorf did it when he fired Phil Jackson.

The New Jersey Nets did it when they fired Byron Scott.

Now add Brown to this list.

And what do those history lessons prove when owners make dumb ass decisions like this?

Their franchises either never gets back to the NBA Finals or they simply fade away from oblivion.

And usually what happens is that the franchise player never sniffs a ring in his career.

Want to take wagers on that statement? I’m game.

Jason Kidd has been to the Finals THREE times in his career and has never won one series.

Dirk Nowitzki’s only appearance was in 2006 and it was abysmal.

But James’ fall from grace, three years removed, is by far the worse in recent memory because he is the “Chosen One”. I mean come on; the guy had Bernie Mac preaching in a Nike commercial.

Yet the Chosen One couldn’t lead his team any closer than a five year old learning how to stop a run away train.

When you don’t have the skills necessary, that job is difficult.

But what Gilbert did early Monday morning wasn’t just dumb but enabling the process.

James doesn’t want a headstrong coach; he wants to be the coach himself.

Well sorry LeBron but the player/coach mantle got dissolved in the league a long time ago.

The last guy to have title was Lenny Wilkins.

Ironically Wilkins is reported to want to come back coach the Cavs again.

I’m sorry but what can the winningest and LOSINGEST head coach accomplish that Brown couldn’t do with that bloated roster?

Absolutely nothing.

And that goes for anyone else like a Mike Fratello, Paul Silas or anyone else who thinks that he can get LeBron to where he wants to go.

That’s simply not going to happen.

Not when you refuse to treat James for what and who he is; a player.

Granted he may be one of the best players that franchise has ever seen but in the end that’s all he is.

A bona fide winner?

No.

A leader that guys want to follow?

Doubtful.

Someone who believes in a winning concept and knows he needs a supporting cast to get it done?

Seriously, we’re not going to have that conversation are we?

And the worse part of it all is that Gilbert decided that it is easier to get rid of coaching staff that has given his franchise playoff consistent playoff appearances, back to back sixty win seasons and the best chance at getting back to the Finals than any new staff ever could.

Butt instead of Gilbert truly doing an organizational assessment of his basketball operations, he decided to place the failures on Brown and not on his high priced superstar.

Whether Gilbert wants to accept this reality or not, the fact is that LeBron James doesn’t care about winning titles; he is truly all about the money.

If James was truly wanting to win titles, he would have immediately told everyone within the sound of his voice that ‘his’ coaching staff prepared us for the playoffs by guiding us to a 63 win season and that it was up to him and his teammates to finish the job by winning seventeen playoff games.

If James was truly about winning titles, he would have told Gilbert that I don’t need a new head coach; I need guys who aren’t past their prime and costing this franchise money.

That means that he didn’t need to have an aging Antwan Jamison playing next to him this season.

That means he didn’t need an over the hill Shaquille O’Neal who was five years removed from his prime and costing this franchise a $20 million price tag.

That would mean that he would be wanting a guy like a Caron Butler by his side as Mo Williams ran the show and that he would do everything he could to help his team get a guy like Chris Bosh this summer; even if that meant down sizing his max deal so that more money was available for a three year run at the title.

And that meant him standing up for Brown this week; even when Brown got canned.

But James didn’t do any of that and that’s poor leadership skills and abilities on him.

Gilbert probably figured that out and used whatever leverage he could to make a decision that was as dumb as sticking your wet finger in a live circuit.

So while Brown will quickly get hired by one of the other teams looking for a head coach, Gilbert is going to do everything he can to appease his star and end up with a retread in the organization.

He’s not going to get a John Calapari or a Coach K; those guys have everything they want at the college ranks and that’s total autonomy and control of their job situations.

He’s not going to get a Phil Jackson or a Gregg Popovich because those two guys are going to be with their current teams.

Whoever Gilbert gets will be LeBron’s lap dog and Gilbert’s puppet.

If Ferry and Lance Blanks were smart, they’d bail out by the end of next week and wait for a better opportunity.

They don’t deserve to be a part of this dumb ass move by Gilbert and the more they stay around, the more guilty they look in the grand scheme of things.

LeBron James’ best chance of winning a title was just let go and from this seat on the crow’s nest, both he and Dan Gilbert will never see an NBA Finals event in Cleveland ever again.

Unless both of them are playing NBA Live 2011 on a jumbotron in the Quicken arena.