CLEVELAND, Ohio — You could say these are high energy, exciting times for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, yet again, you could say with a Casino opening and lots of attention on Cleveland, this is just another week in the life of the energetic, and successful executive.
On Monday night, the Horseshoe Casino opened in Cleveland. On Tuesday, following the Rookie of the Year presentation for Kyrie Irving, Gilbert stated how he hopes to bring an NBA All-Star game to Cleveland.
Gilbert gets what he wants, always following the motto: “If you spend the money, more good things will come out of it.”
Opinionated, passionate and full of ideas, the owner of Quicken Loans, the Cavs, and many other enterprises was named to the NBA’s new competition committee on Wednesday. He is one of just two owners on the committee, which is comprised of 10 persons. It used to be made up of the 30 general managers.
If anyone knows competition, it’s Gilbert. He started Quicken Loans after leaving Michigan State. He had a dream that happened to be online mortgages.
It was Gilbert’s, blistering letter on the night that LeBron James took his talents to Miami in 2010, that galvanized a “kicked in the face” fan base. The passion was evident and the nation got a chance to see more from the man who wrote the checks. It was Gilbert who objected to the proposed Chris Paul trade before the season. He was able to order a detour around that.
Gilbert is a fan, and has quickly moved to improve conditions in Northeast Ohio by bringing jobs to town, and looking for ways to invest in the city and to tout it to anyone who will listen.
An NBA All-Star game would be another way to showcase Cleveland, as it enjoys a resurgence of activity, with a Medical Mart, Convention Center and a place where the blackjack mingles with the slots, the Horseshoe Casino.
Cleveland has hosted the NBA All-Star game before. I remember seeing the old Richfield Coliseum host the 1981 affair, with Cavalier Mike Mitchell representing the team, and in 1997, the league brought the 50 greatest players in history to Gund Arena.
Cleveland can put on events and do them well. Witness the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies and concert.
Gilbert knows how to stage everything and do it with style and innovation. The NBA will realize that and I expect the league to give the energizer bunny owner what he is after: an NBA All-Star game in town.