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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Gilbert still mad at Lebron James

“I don’t get no respect!,” “No respect, no respect at all... that’s the story of my life”--Rodney Dangerfield

This, apparently, is what the nixing of the Chris Paul trade to the Los Angeles Lakers was all about: bruised egos.

About living in markets that few people want to live in. About being spurned for the bright lights in America’s swankest cities.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert (Julio Cortez - AP)
About Dan Gilbert still being pissed that LeBron James had the unmitigated gall to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. Nevermind that James had fulfilled his contract and brought untold millions to Gilbert.

Gilbert feels spurned and now he wants to take it out on the rest of the league.

“It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed,” Gilbert wrote in the email obtained by Yahoo!. “This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.”

Doesn’t matter that New Orleans was going to get something--rather than nothing for a superstar who plans to leave at year’s end. It only matters that he show those uppity players their place. Too bad, he just helped to tarnish the league in the process.

But that won’t matter to Mr. Gilbert. If he can’t get back at LeBron personally, how about one of those pesky other superstars.

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