Road Trip: The Top 5 Possible Destinations for LeBron James
Maybe you weren't aware, but the NBA Playoffs are actually going on right now.
A lack of interest is understandable, considering that LeBron James has dominated every episode of SportsCenter for the past week, despite the Cavaliers' elimination from the playoffs.
All of the talk circulating King James focuses on his new team for next season.
After failing to win a championship for several years in Cleveland, nearly everyone believes LeBron will change scenery.
The question is, where will he go?
No. 5: Cleveland Cavaliers
Yes, I actually do believe that there is a chance LeBron returns to Cleveland.
Although the recent firing of head coach Mike Brown diminishes James' chances of returning, the Cavaliers are still one of the best supporting casts reasonably available to James.
Mo Williams is a good point guard, Antawn Jamison leads the team in rebounding, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas gives Cleveland an inside presence.
Also, don't forget Shaquille O' Neal, who can still hold his own down low.
Despite these supporting members, the Cavaliers are still fifth on this list. King James is fed up with the city and his team. He may decide a change of scenery will help him.
However, the other teams LeBron is considering are certainly weaker than his current teammates. If he really wants to win a championship, these teams should not even be in the question.
No. 4: Miami Heat
Just imagine for a moment. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the same team.
Not just in the All-Star Game, but for 82-plus games in an NBA season.
This may become a reality.
Obviously, the supporting cast appeals to LeBron. He could play alongside Jermaine O' Neal, up-and-coming Michael Beasley, and Daequan Cook.
In addition, forward is a position of need for Miami. Their current small forwards consist of Yakhouba Diawara, James Jones, and Dorell Wright.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see an ideal starter in that bunch.
Plus, Miami has had success in the past. The Heat won the 2006 NBA Championship by defeating the Dallas Mavericks.
LeBron could be the piece of the puzzle that puts the Heat over the top.
Also, I've heard the weather's pretty good in Miami.
No. 3: Charlotte Bobcats
The Bobcats are not a team really being discussed in the everyday LeBron saga. They are a relatively new franchise, and many people dismiss them as a possibility to nab James.
However, there are a few factors that would make Charlotte interesting to King James.
First of all, the projected supporting cast of the Bobcats is solid. Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson are both explosive players who can score, pass, and rebound. In addition, point guard Raymond Felton is a solid young player.
Plus, Charlotte is coming off of the franchise's first playoff appearance. They received the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.
The team is already good, and LeBron could put them over the top.
There is one reason in particular that I believe could lure James to the Carolinas.
Michael Jordan owns the franchise.
Talk of LeBron heading to Chicago is based around the fact that Jordan played there. James has used the same number as Michael throughout his career, and has been compared to Jordan throughout his career.
What better way to be associated with Michael Jordan than to play on his team?
No. 2: New York Knicks
Talk that LeBron will go to the Knicks puzzles me.
If he wants to win a championship, why go to one of the worst teams in the NBA?
However, New York does have a few pieces in place. David Lee is a good, young, big man who averages a double-double per game.
For what it's worth, Tracy McGrady is a Knick as well. He has clearly lost some of his ability and health, so he may not help much on the court.
But a big name could still have appeal to King James.
If Nate Robinson still ran the point for New York, I could understand this move. But, with inexperienced Chris Duhon now the point guard, the Knicks lack something many teams have.
Even the Cavaliers have a solid point guard in Mo Williams.
Now, wouldn't it make sense that if Cleveland didn't satisfy James, and their point guard is better than New York's, that being a Knick would be worse?
Sure, LeBron loves Madison Square Garden. However—although it is likely that James goes to the Knicks—it would be a huge mistake.
No. 1: Chicago Bulls
It seems to be almost destined that LeBron goes to Chicago, following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan.
Also, the Bulls' roster has great potential. Derrick Rose is quickly becoming a premier NBA point guard. Big men Joakim Noah and Hakim Warrick are improving tremendously.
The pieces are in place for a deep playoff run.
The only thing Chicago really needs is a consistent scorer. I have a feeling that LeBron will fill that need pretty well.
The Bulls have had success before LeBron. They are consistently a borderline playoff team. James could put them over the top.
LeBron has too many similarities to Michael Jordan for him not to give Chicago a try.
Could LeBron have the success that Jordan had while there?
Could LeBron win that elusive NBA title?