OAKLAND, Calif. – If you would believe this, Dan Gilbert told LeBron James late Sunday night that he should run for president.
As a Republican.
Leaving party affiliation out of it for a moment, maybe Gilbert had a point. James did just fulfill the ultimate sports prophecy, delivering a championship to Cleveland after 52 years without one via an epic performance in the Cavs’ 93-89 win over the Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
He could probably pick up a few votes.
“I said you know the Republican convention is tearing up the arena, you should insert yourself in now,” Gilbert told Cleveland.com, in the wee hours of Monday morning after the Cavs had won the first championship in their 46 years in business.
“Maybe they want another candidate now,” Gilbert continued. “He actually paused for a second. He looked up and I said hold on, the Constitution says you have to be 35 to run for president.”
To set the record straight here, James is an ardent Democrat who campaigned feverishly in 2008 for Barack Obama and may, before it’s all said and done, do something for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Gilbert, of course, owns the building where the Republicans will presumably nominate Donald Trump for president in July.
Gilbert, it would seem, believes nominating Trump is a mistake.
Winning the NBA Finals, as his team did Sunday night in Oakland, Calif., reminded him of the many past mistakes his franchise has made. James included.
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