Many people are not aware that Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers is a Spartan. In fact the billionaire owner of Quicken Loans is also a close friend of Tom Izzo. ESPN the Magazine in their recent issue has a very lengthy piece on Gilbert.
Not only is it a fascinating story of a Spartan, but it also gave some really interesting nuggets of information. Like this:
In 2012, Gilbert had said that the big lesson he learned from James’ departure in 2010 was to never let a player have that much leverage over his franchise again. But coming out of that meeting with James’ agents, Gilbert thought back to the call he’d gotten from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo at the end of the first round of the 2012 NBA draft. Izzo had told him, “You gotta take my guy.” The Cavs had two second-round picks, and Izzo was calling Gilbert, a Michigan State guy, to tell him that Draymond Green was the real deal. “I still wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat that we didn’t take him,” Gilbert says of Green, who torched the Cavs for 28 points in the Warriors’ 110-77 win in Game 2 of the Finals. “I didn’t listen to my gut.”
The entire article is fascinating with more MSU anecdotes than just this. I highly recommend you take a read WHEN YOU CLICK RIGHT HERE.