Started small mortgage company in 1985 with $5,000 made from delivering pizzas in college. Sold to Intuit for $532 million in 1999, bought it back 3 years later for $64 million.
Daniel Gilbert the new owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers is #348 of the richest american according to the 400 Richest Americans published Friday by Forbes magazine
The Cavaliers agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with veteran point guard Mike Wilks late Wednesday according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Currently, he’s considered the front-runner to win the job.
Wilks averaged 2.7 points and 1.5 assists in 72 NBA games with Atlanta, Minnesota and Houston. He played 48 games for the world-champion Spurs last season. He has three years of NBA experience and averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 assists in 120 games.
Yesterday LeBron James appeared on Oprah Winfreyâ€™s show as his first in-depth interview since his NBA debut. He didnâ€™t cry, jump on the couch or go Tom Cruise on her, but as usual, he was very calm.
He talked about his mother Gloria and how well she raised him through the tough times they went through.
“I wish I could sit here and give you words to describe what my mother means to me. There aren’t enough words in the dictionary. I don’t know how she did it.”
After his first big paycheck, LeBron went out and bought his mother Mercedes-Benz SL500.
Then they talked about his hero, Michael Jordan, and how he picked number 23 for his jersey hoping this number can be as lucky for him as it was for MJ. Letâ€™ hope it will this next season!
“Man, meeting Michael Jordan for me was, likeâ€¦black Jesus walking towards me,” LeBron says. “It was overwhelming to me to finally meet the guy I’ve looked up to my whole life.”
LeBronâ€™s girlfriend was with audience too and talked about how she is dealing with the pressure and the reputation basketball players have.
LeBron promised himself to give back to the community if he ever made it to this leve, but still winning the NBA Championship is LeBronâ€™s ultimate dream.
“I think long term, in basketball, the ultimate goal is to win the NBA championship,” LeBron says. “My life won’t be satisfied without winning an NBA championship.”
The Cavaliers announced that individual game tickets for the 2005-06 NBA season will go on sale Saturday, October 1st at noon. A special internet only ticket preview sale will take place on Friday, September 30th according to the Cleveland Cavaliers Web Site.
The Cavaliers are set to begin their pre-season on Monday, October 10th. Who are the teams that make up the Cavaliers pre-season and what do they all have in common? Let’s take a look:
Wizards – Phil Hubbard
Celtics – Ricky Davis
Sixers – Kevin Ollie
Bucks – Jiri Welsch
Grizzlies – Mike Fratello
Raptors – Eric Williams
I am not sure all of you remember Phil, but most of the other names should bring back a memory or two. Do you have any regrets?
According to Veteran NBA writer Mike Kahn who is a frequent contributor to FOXSports.com., Lebron James is ranked at #9 in this season’s NBA Top 50. According to Kahn, “His numbers â€” 27.2 pts., 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists â€” rank with the best of all time and his game keeps improving. But to be the best, he has to find a way into the playoffs.
Lebron James will sit down for an in-depth interview on “Oparh” show sharing what it was like to meet his greatest inspiration, basketball legend Michael Jordan, and what he did to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” featuring LeBron James airs Thursday, Sept. 22.
With two roster spots open, general manager Danny Ferry is still shopping. “The Cavaliers have been in talks with free-agent center Jahidi White for much of the summer and hosted him on a visit last month. They’ve also been in touch with free-agent big men Christian Laettner and Andrew DeClercq among others. Several other free agents have come to Quicken Loans Arena to work out in recent weeks, among them former Utah Jazz center Ben Handlogten” Brian Windhorst reported today.