LeBron James, Enough of This Cleveland Nonsense...Come To Chicago

Chris MurphyAnalyst IMay 14, 2010

CLEVELAND - APRIL 27:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls after defeating the Bulls 96-94 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 27, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the series 4-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The choice has been simplified over whether or not to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for LeBron James after yet another early exit from the NBA playoffs.

It is time to leave.

Now, there is no use in arguing whether or not Chicago is a "better" city than Cleveland.  There is no use to go on and on about the sights, sounds, and rich history of Chicago as compared to Cleveland. 

It would be childish to begin comparing which city is better and would only be used to spark up the comment section of this article. It's simply a waste of time. 

Especially since Cleveland isn't a real city. 

Now, for those of you who have not immediately rushed to the comment section to begin joking about the murder rate and gang rate of Chicago—merely showing you are scared of a little city violence instead of proving Chicago to be a bad city—we will keep this discussion focused on basketball.

After all, this is an intervention for LeBron, and we are all here because we love him—or want to use him to win a championship for the team we cheer for.

Regardless, we are here because we want to tell him he is never going to win a championship in Cleveland, and the easiest road to victory and legendary status would be making the trip to Chicago. 

The Bulls already have the pieces the Cleveland Cavaliers have never gotten LeBron James. A surrounding four of Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, and Joakim Noah is better than anything the Cleveland organization has ever put around him.

In seven years the best Cleveland has been able to provide the Dalai LeBrona was Mo Williams, an aged Shaquille O'Neil, and a rented Antawn Jamison for half a season.

Good work, Cavs.

The difficult parts about analyzing Chicago are the coaching situation, whether LeBron James will be living in Michael Jordan's shadow, and whether teaming up with Derrick Rose would make it seem as though LeBron needed another star to win.

These have relatively easy answers.

The coaching situation is better in Chicago now with no coach than in Cleveland with Mike Brown, so when the Bulls add Maurice Cheeks, Byron Scott, or Avery Johnson, the pendulum will weigh even more toward Chicago.

Essentially any coach that knows while the 350-pound, 38-year-old Shaquille O'Neil is in a game the lane is clogged and the offense moves far too slowly. My grade school coach would suffice.

That being said, LeBron may even have the ability to choose his own coach before coming to Chicago as opposed to waiting for the firing of Mike Brown, if that were to even happen.

As for the Jordan shadow, LeBron will always live in Jordan's shadow. The greats are always compared to the greater and expected to at least match.

So what better way to overcome the Jordan shadow than to make sure your jersey is retired right next to No. 23 while working below it?

Multiple superstars are needed to win championships. This badgering of stars as to whether or not they can win it on their own is complete garbage because they simply cannot and never will be able to do it on their own.

LeBron is currently proving that in Cleveland.

It's the "Can Kobe win without Shaq?" nonsense that continues with all the greats. Yes, Kobe can win without Shaq—when he has Pau Gasol.

One star cannot win a championship.

The best part about Rose is he is not yet considered a superstar, so in winning with Rose, James could even be glorified for bringing Rose's game to the next level.

For LeBron, it is one of these options:

Stay in Cleveland and never win a championship, go to the biggest market New York and have to wait for an actual team to be assembled before having the chance to win a championship, go to Miami and win a championship with Dwayne Wade and answer questions of whether or not he can win it on his own, or go to the big market of Chicago with the pieces already in place and answer questions about whether or not this is the best starting five in Bulls history.

LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, and Joakim Noah?

It could be.