NBA Free Agency: LeBron James Could Head To Bulls With a Celtics Championship

Brian ChappattaCorrespondent IIJune 17, 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 New York Knicks are using celebrities to court the King.

The Chicago Bulls, on the other hand, have an advocate on the basketball court for Game Seven of the NBA Finals—one who could convince LeBron James to come to Chicago.

That would be Tom Thibodeau, the new Bulls coach and current assistant coach for Boston.

If the Boston Celtics win the NBA Finals, it will be their second championship in three years. More importantly, it will be Thibodeau's second championship in three years.

Thibodeau won those championships managing multiple stars. If he can handle Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo, he certainly can contain James's larger-than-life personality.

More importantly, look at the coaching competition. They aren't proven winners.

Mike D'Antoni? Not a chance. He had the best players in the league at his disposal, and yet his system never made it out of the Western Conference.

He had his chance with the NBA's MVP on his team. In addition to MVP Steve Nash, he had Shawn Marion, Amar'e Stoudemire, Boris Diaw, and Leandro Barbosa. There's no way D'Antoni is going to get as stacked a team built around LeBron in New York.

He had a golden opportunity, and he failed to capitalize. His run-and-gun system is fun to watch, but can't win championships. Not even if LeBron is at the helm.

What about Avery Johnson, the new head coach of the New Jersey Nets?

Same problem. He had a fantastic team in Dallas, and struggled to get the Mavericks anywhere in the playoffs. A team including Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Josh Howard, Jason Kidd, and Jerry Stackhouse should not be knocked out in the first round.

Sure, Johnson has a Russian billionaire backing him, but he had an American billionaire supporting him in Dallas. James would be foolish to expect a different result.

The Miami Heat do have Pat Riley, a proven winner, but I'm not convinced James is willing to step into Dwyane Wade's territory and potentially be second-best. The King takes a backseat to no one.

That includes the head coach , which is another reason he would favor the Bulls over the Heat. Both have winners as coaches, but Riley's personality is nearly as large as James's, while Thibodeau has been called a players' coach.

Even if the Celtics do not win Game Seven, Thibodeau still made it to the NBA Finals, and won it in 2008.

But considering the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Celtics in the second round this year, seeing coach Doc Rivers, Thibodeau, and the players hoisting the championship trophy would make LeBron realize Thibodeau is the real deal.

Add in the best supporting cast to win right now, and LeBron's decision seems obvious. There's no reason he can't win instantly with James, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and maybe even another free agent.

Try to top that, Hollywood.