For all the talk of LeBron James re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, let me say this to all Cavs fans: don't hold your collective breaths.
James is as good as gone.
The prospect of James signing with Chicago may be beautiful music to the ears of Bulls Nation—but to me, it sounds like nails on a chalk board.
The trades for both Shaquille O'Neal and Antwan Jamison, who were brought in to help James get over the hump, may have looked great on paper—but it really didn't amount to anything.
Mo Williams was continuously beaten to the punch by Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo during the playoffs.
Rondo's triple-double in Game Four of the Eastern Conference semifinals (29 PTS, 18 RBS, 13 ASTS) showed Williams' inability to play defense.
After Rondo's explosion, James was pleading to defend Rondo for the rest of the series—hoping that it would save their season.
But that didn't work either.
James was asked to do too much, and the rest was history as the Cavs were eliminated in six games.
Let's face it—James won't return to Cleveland because he's grown tired of coming up short in the big games.
Tired of the Cavs fizzling out in the playoffs back-to-back years after having the NBA's best regular season record.
And most importantly, tired of having to put the Cleveland team on his back night after night.
Miami is the place that James needs to be.
Playing in Miami for the Heat would make the most sense for James.
He would be paired with a known winner like Dwyane Wade, who has experience carrying the load for a team.
If winning multiple championships holds the uppermost importance for James—as he says it does—then teaming up with Wade would greatly enhance his chances.
In Wade, James would have someone other than himself who can create their own offense instead of waiting for him to get hot.
In James, Wade will have someone other than himself that can take over a game at any point.
At times during the 2010 regular season, both Wade and James were noticeably frustrated with their respected teammates' inability to score without them being on the floor.
James needs Wade.
And Wade needs James.
By pawning off forward Michael Beasley to a team while creating more cap space, Miami could sign a legitimate post player (such as Amar'e Stoudemire or Carlos Boozer)—immediately taking a load off both Wade and James.
By doing so, Heat fans can envision a potential dynasty-in-the-making.
Though basketball prognosticators have ordained James as the next Michael Jordan, playing in Chicago would only amount to more pressure to produce.
Playing in the house that MJ built—under those six championship banners—James would be under an ever larger microscope.
Everything that James does, people compare to Jordan.
Except for one thing: winning.
As much as James wants to be the man on a championship team, he knows deep down in his heart that he can't do it alone.
Jordan was the man for years in Chicago—but without Scottie Pippen, he couldn't win a championship.
Going to South Beach and playing with Wade is James' best option of winning a championship.
If Miami president Pat Riley is reading this, here's my advice: do all you can possibly do to persuade James to sign with the Heat this summer.
Egos aside, if Wade and James are paired together, Miami will arguably have two of the best perimeter players in the league.
And they'll be feeding off each other's energy and hustle—making for some new and exciting basketball in South Florida...
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