For those not old enough to remember the "Summer of Love" back in the sixties, there was the "Summer of LeBron" just two years ago. That was when the Chicago Bulls thought they would build their second dynasty with the addition of LeBron James and a friend.
After the luck of the lottery dropped hometown hero Derrick Rose in the Bulls' lap, they were looking to hit the free-agent jackpot with the likes of LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh there for the picking.
The Bulls even traded Chicago favorite Kirk Hinrich, along with their No. 1 draft pick to free up more cap space so they could add two marquee players. They understood the importance of making a splash in the best free-agent pool anybody had ever seen.
Instead they ended up with the booby prize—Carlos Boozer, and a host of consolation pieces in Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and C.J.Watson.
The Bulls had enough money for two of the prize catches—LeBron and either Wade or Bosh. While I was not a fan of Bosh previously, coming along in a package with LeBron would have made him far more desirable.
I liked Boozer's game better because he played more of an inside power game than Bosh. Then I realized that he left that game in Utah when he came over to steal Chicago's money.
With Boozer, the Bulls enjoyed the best record in the league for two straight years—but came away empty-handed in the postseason.
LeBron and his partners in crime, Wade and Bosh, were also disappointed last year when Dallas stopped their coronation from happening.
They were left to cry in their riches rather than bask in the spoils of victory.
It was a long offseason of discontent before Christmas Day gifted them with games to play.
Thursday night they were in all their glory as they ran roughshod over the OKC Thunder to garner their first ring in what they hope to be many.
That may happen, but what would have happened if LeBron had come to Chicago, like many who were supposedly in the know thought he would?
He would have joined a team with Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Omer Asik.
Bosh would likely have followed him to Chicago rather than Miami with Wade. When you stack up Wade and Bosh and a bunch of nothing, you're not going anywhere.
If LeBron had come to the Bulls, they would have been loaded.
Rose won the MVP trophy last year with no help from the team. Can you imagine how good he would have been if he had LeBron to take the "heat" off of him?
Add in Bosh as the third piece of the puzzle. Teaming up with Noah, Gibson and Asik, the Bulls would have had a very impressive group of "bigs."
They would have had offense, defense and athleticism. They would still be the best rebounding team in the league, but now they would be able to score with anybody.
There's no question they would have played in the Finals last year. Instead of Dallas playing against three stars and a bunch of guys named Moe, they would have been playing against a juggernaut.
While LeBron could guard Rose, who could have done that for Dallas?
Could LeBron have guarded Rose if there was a LeBron on the court with him? By that I mean, if Rose had another player of that caliber playing alongside of him, LeBron couldn't have taken on Rose the way he did.
They would have been impossible to guard and unbeatable.
LeBron could have had his ring a year early and not gone through the torment he did after falling on his face last year.
He would be with a younger team that would have a longer window of opportunity. Wade's expiration date is not too far in the distance.
This year, he would have been fitted for his second.
In other words, if he signed with Chicago and said, "Not one, not two, not three," and kept on going, there might have been a chance of that happening.