Dear LeBron James: Why the Chicago Bulls Shouldn't Be an Option

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IJune 26, 2010

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Dear LeBron James,

Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli once wrote, "The end justifies the means."

This quote has one simple interpretation: If your objective is good, do what it takes to achieve it. Keep that information in your back pocket for now, LeBron.

Take a look at any decade in the history of basketball, and you might find something interesting: Generally in the NBA, when teams win championships, they win them in bunches.

Since 1980, every team that has won an NBA title has gone on to win at least one more within the next four years, with the exception of just the 1982 Philadelphia 76ers, the 2003 Detroit Pistons, and the 2005 Miami Heat.

Now, you're probably wondering how this information is relevant in your decision on whether or not to pack up and head to Chicago.

Well, it's simple. With the Bulls offering the most surrounding talent of any team in the LeBron sweepstakes, they offer you the best chance of putting together a dynasty of your own.

So that's where you should sign, right?


LeBron you're 25-years old, and that means you have a good eight or nine years left of being the best player in the world, and another three or four after that where you'll be a pretty damn productive veteran.

You have plenty of time to create a dynasty, and wherever you go this summer you will create one—it will just take time.

Whether you choose the Big Apple or the Golden Coast, one day you will get your championship, and they will come in bunches, but how you get it is up to you.

LeBron, I have studied you throughout your career, and while I don't know you personally I do know one thing: You don't want to build your empire in Chicago.

I know, I know, you have been waiting seven years to stand up in front of the entire world and say that you are the greatest basketball player on the planet without a single doubt in anybody's mind.

But that is exactly why Chicago is the wrong choice.

Even if you go to Chicago, Derrick Rose is the centerpiece on that team. Because if there's one thing we've learned over the years, it's that star point guards overshadow star forwards.

If you ink in Chicago, you'll encounter the same problem that plagued Kobe Bryant until just two seasons ago.

After you finish celebrating your newly acquired jewelry, questions will be tossed around across the world:

Did he just back into a championship in Chicago?

Did he ride Derrick Rose and (insert other "max" free agent here) to his first ring?

Is he good enough to win a title as the centerpiece on his team?

And it won't be pretty.

Sooner or later, once you've won anywhere from two to four championships in Chicago you'll get tired of all the questions and lash out.

You'll tell John Paxson: Me or Derrick Rose?

And, the media will forever paint the LeBron James picture as a selfish player. Ask Kobe Bryant how that feels.

Once Paxson chooses you, you'll encounter the same problem you did in Cleveland: Sub-par supporting casts.

As your career begins to dip towards the twilight years, the people of Chicago will look at your resume and say, "Well, he never was as good as MJ."

You know why?

Because no matter what you do, the people of Chicago will have always seen better.

If you win five rings, MJ won six.

If you go to Madison Square Garden and drop 50 on the Knicks, MJ dropped 55.

Signing almost anywhere else will not give you this problem, but it will also make you wait another year or two before seriously contending for a title.

But just remember LeBron, when you do get that title, history says more will follow. 

LeBron, when you're making your decision this summer, only five words should cross your mind, "The end justifies the means."

In this situation the means are waiting a couple of years for your rings and the end is of course winning multiple titles.

Just remember, patience is a virtue.




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