Come On Over: Why LeBron James Should Be Playing in the Windy City Next Year

Jonah PulsCorrespondent IMay 20, 2010

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 22:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers pulls out his jersey as he walks off the court following a Cavalier win over the Chicago Bulls on December 22, 2005 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Cavaliers defeated the Bulls 108-100.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Of course, the hot topic right now is where LeBron James will land this summer during the free agency period.

As of right now, not one single person can say they are 100 percent confident where he will go and why.

Whether it's Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New Jersey, Washington, or Cleveland, he is going to have some positives at each destination and, of course, there are going to be the negatives that come along as well.

I am here to simply sell you the idea that James should join the Bulls and what it would do for their status as a title contender if he were to join.

First, LeBron has the opportunity to go to a city where basketball—or sports in general—means everything.

Think about all the famous teams Chicago has: Cubs, Bulls, Bears, and one team that is on the rise lately, the Blackhawks.

Basketball is among the top sports in Chicago, thanks to the all-time great, Michael Jordan—which I will discuss more later.

This would be a great opportunity for James because the great love and passion for the game of basketball will make him very welcome in Chicago.

That point being brought up, people say that he will always be compared to Michael Jordan, and he will never succeed. I believe that he will be compared, but that is no reason to not go to Chicago because I don't think it impacts him that much as a player.

Second, Chicago has plenty of media and endorsement opportunities.

It may not compare to the almighty New York media, but he will definitely be going to a place that has all the marketing to get him some attention—not that he doesn't have enough as it is.

Third, Chicago does not have an annoying media like New York does.

During a playoff game this year, James seemed very upset when the Cavaliers got booed by the fans. He seemed very annoyed, like they had done something horrible.

I have some news for you LeBron: It is going to get twice as bad if you go to New York. They are known for their very good, yet sometimes very pestering, media.

So if James cannot handle the media pressure or things along that line, Chicago is a place where things should not be a problem—this is not a shot at Cleveland because they are fine with this aspect as well.

Fourth, the Bulls are a very young, talented team right now and they could improve tremendously if they added James.

The Bulls have made the playoffs for two straight years. Last year, they played the Boston Celtics to Game Seven, which was completely unexpected.

They proved they are a competitive team with a bright future.

This year, they started off very sluggish, and even with all the roadblocks they encountered during the season, they were able to squeak into the playoffs. While in the playoffs, they got beat in five games, but were very competitive in most of the games.

Yet again, they proved they are a very competitive team.

Now, could you imagine that same team adding James and possibly another solid player?

Here would be my projected lineup if the Bulls got just LeBron:

PG—Derrick Rose

SG—LeBron James

SF—Loul Deng

PF—Taj Gibson

C—Joakim Noah

With that starting lineup, there is not a whole lot of rebuilding that the Bulls will have to do in the upcoming years—unlike most of the other teams looking to get James.

Then the question that most fans will want to know: Are the Bulls legitimate contenders for a NBA title if LeBron joins the Bulls?

One simple word: Yes!

As I have mentioned several times, the Bulls have already proved they can hang with the best at anytime, even if the odds are stacked against them.

They have a young, prospering point guard named Derrick Rose, who played amazingly against the Cavaliers during their series.

Also, we have seen how much Noah contributes to this team. He may be the weirdest guy some of us have seen, but he gets the job done.

That being said, I will leave the decision up to LeBron, but he definitely would be a perfect fit in the wonderful city of Chicago.