NBA Free Agent Rumors: Stupid, Stupid, LeBron James
Well, well. According to Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times, LeBron James has all but made up his mind to become a Chicago Bull.
If this is true, I think we can all finally admit that while LeBron is a great basketball player, he knows absolutely nothing about basketball. Even less about history.
I think it will be a good long time before James gets a ring, unless he goes out and buys one himself.
Because the Bulls as currently configured are one of the worst fits for James out there. Even worse if it's true that Chris Bosh is also headed to the Windy City.
I know, I know. The Bulls have such great young players. They've got Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah. Add James and Bosh and they're gonna be amazing!
Here's the problem. Derrick Rose is a point guard with limited shooting range who needs the ball in his hands. He's not gonna have the ball in his hands playing on a team with LeBron James.
Deng and and Noah are both forwards. You're bringing in two more forwards, which means two of the guys are moving to the bench.
Then what do you have?
I'll tell you what. Another Cleveland Cavaliers-type team you can beat in the playoffs because there a consistent outside threat.
The one outside threat the Bulls had was Kirk Hinrich. He just got sent out of town to make cap space.
And for whom? Chris Bosh?
What has Chris Bosh ever won? What have any of these guys ever won?
I don't see this team competing with Orlando as they are configured right now. And they sure won't beat the LA Lakers if they do somehow get by Orlando.
That brings us to LeBron's other mistake.
He's screwed on the legacy front if he makes this move. He'll never be considered one of the truly great ones in my book.
The fact is the Bulls will always be Michael's team unless James wins at least seven championships, which he won't. Plus if he wins now after maneuvering to bring Bosh with him people will say he needed a talented supporting cast to win.
Unlike Michael, who only needed Scottie Pippen and the triangle offense.
If he loses, he manipulated the system, brought talent with him and still lost. Which believe me is a very distinct possibility.
Here's what he should have done, if he had real advisers instead of a bunch of money grubbing basketball know nothings like his agents at CAA.
He would have learned from Michael. Michael was one of the most underpaid players in the NBA for years. He took less money from the Bulls so they good get the pieces that helped him win in order maximize his money from outside endorsements.
Michael's wasn't the highest player in basketball until his last two seasons. He did make the most money, however. Michael was crazy like a fox in that regard.
When Michael asked for pieces to build the championship teams he knew enough about basketball to get the pieces he needed.
The Bulls got guys like Bill Cartwright and later Dennis Rodman to rebound and play defense against the bigs in the league. They brought in players like John Paxson and Steve Kerr to knock down those late shots, whether they had had even gotten out of their warm-ups prior to the fourth quarter.
Chicago never had a traditional point guard like Derrick Rose because it was pointless to have a guy like that on the team. The offense was always going to flow through Michael. That's why they ran the triangle.
It's the same thing the Lakers do now with Kobe Bryant.
Chicago with James and Bosh is four undersized power forwards and a point guard who can't hit his threes. A point guard who won't be running the offense anymore.
That's not a team that will make the NBA Finals. That's makes LeBron a Charles Barkley or a Dominique Wilkins.
Not Michael Jordan. Or even Kobe Bryant.
Then again the Times report could be BS. They were after all the newspaper that insisted Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
And we all know how that worked out.
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