Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says it’s “totally false” that LeBron James can hand pick the team’s next coach if he stays in Cleveland.
“The concept that LeBron James has been involved in any way, shape or form with firing our head coach, involved in the transition to general manager Chris Grant and will be involved in future coaching decisions and hires is totally, 100 percent and patently false,” Gilbert said. "It’s unfair to him. It’s unfair to the franchise.
“He is a basketball player and a great one and his interests are aligned with our interests, but this concept that this franchise has been handed to a player who is running it and making the decisions is just completely and totally false. He’ll tell you that and Chris will tell you that and I’ll tell you that. The truth is the truth.”
Whether he gets input from LeBron or not, Gilbert had better make a choice LeBron likes if he wants the hire to actually mean anything for his franchise.