LeBron James Changes His Number: Does That Mean He Wants to Play for the Bulls?

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIMarch 3, 2010

Is LeBron James going to be wearing the Bulls' horns next year?

That thought originally crossed my mind when he mentioned in November that he was thinking of changing his No. 23 out of respect for his hero, Michael Jordan.

I was wondering why a star with his ascent to becoming one of the greatest players in the history of the game would want to change his number at this time.

Then it hit me: He wants to play where his hero made his name for himself, with the Chicago Bulls.

He sent in his request to the league on Monday to change to No. 6. With the Bulls, he knew he couldn't wear No. 23 because it's hanging in the rafters.

According to league rules, he could wear any number he would like with another team. He only needs league approval to switch numbers if he stays with the Cavs, but why would he want to?

If they don't win this year, the future is not getting brighter.

Cleveland traded for Antawn Jamison, who is about to turn 34.

Shaq is injured and at the end of his career.

There is also talk that Zydrunas Ilgauskas will come back to them when he is able to, but he'll be 35 later this year.

Mo Williams was considered their second best player until the Jamison trade.

How good a team is that?

The New York Knicks are going to be a big player this year in the free agent market.

There is also the glamour of playing in New York, but with what?

They have only four players under contract for next year and without a very attractive supporting cast, even if another free agent comes along with LeBron to the "Big Apple."

For instance, could LeBron win with Chris Bosh, the returning Knick players, and a cast of "D" league players surrounding him?

Not likely.

There was also talk about New Jersey because his buddy Jay Z owns a part of them.

But would he want to come to a team that has a chance to set an all-time record for futility?

Other teams with cap space include the Wizards and the Clippers.

One team has self-destructed this year and wouldn't be a very attractive destination, while the other team is the Clippers.

Enough said.

That's why Chicago seems like such an attractive destination. They're already a good, young team that is only going to get better.

Coming to Chicago, he would be playing alongside Derrick Rose, who is probably one of the 10 best players in the league, and he's only 21-years-old.

Then you add Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, and Taj Gibson to the mix and we're talking NBA Finals.

LeBron gets to play half of his games in the building where Jordan won three of his championships.

He's not far from home in Cleveland, and he gets to play in a place where his already incredible brand will take an even bigger step in Chicago, one of the major markets in the league.

That could make up for the money he would miss by re-signing with the Cavs.

I haven't heard a whisper of LeBron's name mentioned in the Chicago media.

All of the talk is about Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Joe Johnson—like getting LeBron would only be a fantasy.

But why not LeBron?

Wouldn't he make more sense than the other players I named?

Only Wade would put the Bulls in the upper echelon of teams in the league, but not where they would be with LeBron.

With LeBron, the Bulls would be in the NBA Finals for the next seven years and probably win several titles.

What other team could he realistically go to and make that claim?

I said it here first!

LeBron James is coming to Chicago.

Am I crazy?

Let me know if you think I am, and if my predictions for his success in Chicago ring true.







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