LeBron James Needs To Come to Chicago Bulls, Not Miami Heat, if He Wants To Win

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJuly 7, 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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If LeBron James is really serious about wanting to win an NBA championship, or multiple championships as he stated, he has to come to Chicago and join Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

With Carlos Boozer hopefully joining the group, they would be the odds on favorite to come out of the East and play for all of the marbles next June.

There is still a possibility that James could join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who have just committed to the Miami Heat, but I don't think they currently have the space to fit him in.

Without LeBron, Miami will be better, but certainly not a championship contender with only the disappointing Michael Beasley and Mario Chambers currently under contract.

If he stays in Cleveland, they have no room to add any significant additions to the team, and that team will not get him a ring anytime soon.

That's why Chicago makes the most sense for him.

Even if no other major free agent came to the Bulls, they would still have to be the favorite to play in the finals next year.

They would certainly be better than Miami with LeBron and Rose significantly better than Wade and Bosh.

I also think if Boozer would come to Chicago to join LeBron, that would be a better combination than Bosh and LeBron, because I think Boozer would be a better fit.

Boozer has an inside game, something that is lacking in Bosh's game. Boozer also has a toughness that the gangly Bosh lacks.

Those are things that the Bulls are currently missing, which is another reason why he would be a better addition than Bosh. He also might accept a little less, something Bosh didn't want to do, if you could get LeBron.

Bosh wanted a max contract, and though I'm sure Boozer wants as much money as he can get too, I would think for the opportunity to play with LeBron, Rose, and Noah in Chicago he would take what's left over after paying LeBron the full boat.

Boozer is a career .541 shooter, much better than Bosh at .492. Their career scoring and rebounding numbers are also close with Boozer at 17.2 PPG and 10.2 RPG. vs 19.7 PPG and 9.1 RPG for Bosh.

Even those numbers are a bit skewed because Utah had other scoring options aside from Boozer. Bosh was the main go-to guy in Toronto.

Not only do I think Boozer would be a better fit for the Bulls, but I also think he is a better player than Bosh.

Now he is older, and has had some injuries in the past, but Bosh has missed anywhere from five to 15 games each of the past five years.

LeBron is making his announcement tomorrow night on ESPN.

If he joins Miami, his legacy will be that he joined a super team with Wade and Bosh, and that's the reason he won a championship. Wade will get at least as much credit as LeBron for the title and Miami is Wade's town, not LeBron's.

Staying in Cleveland is being loyal and you can't knock that, but you could also say he wasn't being truthful when he said he wanted to play for the team that gave him the best opportunity to win multiple championships.

If he comes to Chicago and joins Derrick Rose, who in two years will be better than Wade will be after all of the hard knocks he has taken so far in his career, LeBron will seal his legacy.

For LeBron to truly be recognized as "The King," and not a prince or a pauper, he will leave his hometown of Cleveland, say no to South Beach, and come to Chicago to see if he can match his hero, Michael Jordan.

All hail The King!