Cut The Bull: It Makes Sense for LeBron James To Join Chicago
First, let’s state the obvious: playing with the Cavaliers just hasn't been working out for LeBron James.
Their roster has too many holes, too many question marks and not nearly enough guys capable of making a stand when the smelly stuff hits the fan for them to think about capturing the NBA title.
Second, if the Bulls were to add James they would be much closer to becoming champions than the Cavs, particularly in the event that the Bulls sign another premier free agent like Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh.
Even without another signing, the Bulls already offer LeBron a legit No. 2 option in star point guard Derrick Rose. Despite contrary reports , James and Rose are not the same mold of player and both players' games would complement—not conflict—each other.
The real point guard equivalent of James, if there is such a thing, would have to be Rajon Rondo—now that would be a conflict.
Think of it this way: if you give Rondo about another seven inches in height, 70 pounds of muscle, and a much, much improved jumpshot what would be the difference?
Both are walking triple-doubles, boast nearly unfathomable athleticism and can fill up every statistical category basketball has to offer.
It may sound good on paper, but until Rondo develops his offense further, teams can still afford to sag off him and shift the bulk of their attention to his teammates, just ask Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
James and Rondo would certainly form a formidable duo, but couldn’t possibly coexist and operate at their peak capacities, but James and Rose could.
The biggest knock on that possibility is the myth that James constantly needs the basketball in his hands. This myth stems from the fact that the Cavaliers needed the ball in James’ hands.
Mo Williams, the Cavs starting point guard, is a fairly decent jumpshooter and athlete, but is far from a consistent passer or playmaker.
On offense he watches LeBron take the ball up the court then practically pitches a tent and roasts marshmallows on the wings while waiting for LeBron to get him open looks.
Williams is a slightly above average shooting guard, nothing more.
Of course James ran their offense. Who else were the Cavaliers going to entrust with ball handling, playmaking responsibilities? Delonte West? Daniel Gibson? Please.
On most nights James had the ball in his hands more than the rest of his teammates and the referees combined, but still had enough to shoot just under 50 percent from the floor for the duration of the season.
If Rose could alleviate that responsibility and defer to James on a consistent basis, is there any limit to just how dangerous the Bulls could be?
Kobe Bryant is better known for taking over fourth quarters and making game-winning shots, but he has the luxury of picking when and where he wants to strike.
James has to strike every second he’s on the floor.
If he’s not scoring, he has to rebound. If he isn’t rebounding, he has to create offense for his teammates.
Sometimes against a defensive juggernaut like the Boston Celtics he has to do all the above.
What would James be like if he could pick and choose his moments?
Sure, he would fall out of contention for the scoring title and he might even lose some ground in the MVP race (though I wouldn’t bank on that), but LeBron would finally be putting himself in position to capture the most important award of them all, the Bill Russell Finals MVP Award.
So if you don’t want LeBron to join the Bulls because you’d like to see the Cavaliers remain relevant, that’s one thing.
If you don’t want to see LeBron join the Bulls because it could potentially upset the NBA’s balance that’s one thing (to which I can relate).
If you don’t want to see LeBron join the Bulls because you just don’t like him, that’s one thing.
Just don’t say that you don’t want LeBron to join the Bulls because it couldn’t work out.
That doesn’t make sense.
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