Should root for: Chicago Bulls
Should root against: Miami Heat
Although Clevelanders want LeBron James to return home in 2014, I’m not sure they are ready to embrace the Heat. James is still playing in a different uniform, and it’s not a situation where he hasn’t won yet and if he did, maybe he’d join the Cavs again.
In fact, it’s the opposite: If LeBron and the Big Three win another championship, James may stick around to see if he can win not one…not two…not three…you get the picture.
Cavs fans old enough to remember The Shot may have trouble embracing the Bulls, but Chicago is a team after which the Cavs should model themselves. Cleveland should build around superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, just like Chicago built around Derrick Rose.
The fact that the Bulls got this far without their hometown hero tells you all you need to know about how well this team was constructed. Unlike the Cavaliers franchise, which fell like Jenga blocks when their local kid was removed, Chicago has proven that they can chug along in Rose’s absence.
By rooting for the Bulls, basketball fans in northern Ohio are telling Cavs management “See! That’s how you build a team!”