Since money is essentially a non-issue for LeBron James because he makes more in endorsements than salary, it is indeed likely that winning a title will be the most important factor in where LeBron signs.
Since 1980, every championship-winning team except for the 1994 Rockets has had at least two stars on its roster. Simply put, one-man teams will not win a title.
With that in mind, the sidekick is a key factor for the LeBron decision. So, let's look at what each team can offer in that regard.
Cleveland has the hometown pull, but the best sidekick the Cavs can offer him is Antawn Jamison, who disappeared in the playoff series against the Celtics. The other possible sidekick is Mo Williams, who only had one good half against the Celtics.
I don't see Scottie Pippen walking through that door; this is why I anticipate the LeBron is as good as gone.
The Clippers have Blake Griffin, Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, and Chris Kaman. Unfortunately, Baron Davis is a ball hog who does not fit with LeBron. So, while they are all talented, none are true second stars.
The Nets have Brook Lopez, Devin Harris, and a top pick. Harris is a drive-and-dish point, but not a great shooter. Lopez is good, but one cannot put Harris and him in the true second-star category.
Dwyane Wade is definitely the most talented of the potential sidekicks, but he is also the only player who dominates the ball more than LeBron. The reality is that they are probably not the best combination.
Chicago has an up-and-coming point guard and center combination in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Noah is the type of player who can fit with anyone, for he is a hustle player and defender first and foremost. Rose is a much better version of Devin Harris. He is a slasher who creates off the dribble drive, but he does not space the floor well, as his outside shooting on long two-pointers is only 44.3%.
The potential is definitely there, but not ideal.
New York currently has Danilo Gallinari. Gallinari is a great shooter, but he would not be the reason why LeBron would sign with New York. The reason why LeBron might sign with the Knicks is because of Chris Bosh.
Chris Bosh is not only a stud player, but his game is a near perfect fit for LeBron.
Bosh has an excellent jump shot, as he was 46.3% on long two-point shots and had a true shooting percentage of 59.2%. He rebounds and can run the pick and roll without clogging up the lane. Of all of the potential sidekick options, Chris Bosh is the ideal choice.
So, New York offers LeBron the best opportunity to win a title, if Chris Bosh joins him.
The naysayers against New York say that New York has no talent. This is only partially true. The Knicks did have no talent in the post. While David Lee was good offensively, he could not defend the paint. The Knicks actually have quality young perimeter scorers in Gallinari, Bill Walker, Wilson Chandler, and Toney Douglas.
Gallinari, Walker, and Douglas are all above-average shooters from long range. Bosh solves the Knicks' big man problem and LeBron solves the rest.
Remember, LeBron won over 60 games the last two years with Cleveland, where they did not have anything to put beside him other than role players. There is no doubt that he would make the playoffs with any team in the NBA. But to win a title, he needs a second star.
Put LeBron and Bosh on the Knicks and they win a title within two to three years.
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