Dan Gilbert on LeBron James: ‘It All Revolves Around the Sun, Which Is Him’

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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James accepts his NBA championship ring from Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert before a basketball game against the New York Knicks in Cleveland, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert opened up on a number of topics, including life with LeBron James on one’s team, Kyrie Irving‘s future and new head coach John Beilein.

He specifically talked about how developing players took a backseat to the urgency of a win-now window with James on the roster, saying, per Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer: “With LeBron [James], there was a limited shelf life in terms of his age and his contract commitment. It’s a win now at all costs… It all revolves around the sun, which is him.”

Gilbert went on to explain he made some coaching changes because of the “win-now culture with LeBron” while acknowledging “whatever pressure comes with it, it worked out. We won a title.”

Cleveland fired head coach David Blatt during the 2015-16 season even though it made