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Is Tracy McGrady Right: Should LeBron James Have Signed With The Chicago Bulls?

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Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJanuary 19, 2017

With the disappointing start for the Miami Heat so far this season, you have to wonder if LeBron James is pondering what things might have been like if he had come to Chicago after his flirtation with them this summer.

Tracy McGrady of the Detroit Pistons thinks he made the wrong move "taking his talents to South Beach."

"LeBron and Dwayne Wade don't complement each other," he said. "They're so much the same type of player, and that's why they're having trouble in the half-court. They can't get a rhythm because one of them is dominating the ball. When they're on the court together, they're terrible."

In Chicago, he would still be sharing the ball. Derrick Rose has been a breakout star for the Bulls so far this season, elevating himself to MVP consideration early in the season.

Just like with Wade, Rose would also need the ball in his hands to be his most effective. But unlike Wade, as the point guard, he can break down the defense and set his teammates up for easy baskets, or pass out to shooters at the 3-point line, a spot LeBron is very familiar with.

It would be easier for them to share the ball than it is for him and Wade.

He would also have teammates like Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson aside from Rose; a much stronger core than he has on the Heat.

You could argue that Rose and Boozer are better than Wade and Bosh and not get laughed out of the barber shop.

Wade is starting to show the wear and tear his body has taken over the years, while Bosh is a soft player, and not truly a "power forward."

Compare that to Rose, who is second in the league in scoring and can get to the basket anytime he wants. If he ever starts getting the foul calls he deserves, he could lead the league in scoring.

And Boozer, with his muscular build, puts the 'power' in power forward. The Bulls are 9-6 after returning from a tough West coast trip with arguably the hardest schedule in the league so far. That's without Boozer, who injured his hand in the pre-season and has yet to play a game.

Adding him to Noah, who is second in the league in rebounding and playing stellar defense, Deng who is averaging a quiet 19 points a game, and Taj Gibson, a surprise last year as a rookie who is even better this year, and you have a team that can compete with the best in the East.

How would this team look if LeBron was added to the mix?

According to McGrady, it would look really good.

"I feel like LeBron should have gone to Chicago if he was going to leave. If he was to be with a team where he fit and chemistry would've been right, it would've been Chicago."

Of course this Miami 'dream team' was originally conceived when Wade, Bosh and LeBron played together to win Olympic gold and wondered what it would be like for eighty-two games.

What they didn't think of was that the rest of the roster was also loaded, and that there are no Angola's on the schedule in the NBA.

It's still early and the Heat will be in the playoffs, but will they achieve the greatness that so many predicted for them when they decided to play together?

Did LeBron make a mistake going to Miami? Would he have been better off taking his talents to the West Loop?

And who would win if you could pit the LeBron-led Heat against a LeBron-led Chicago Bulls team? Obviously that could never be done and only played out in the mind, but I know what my answer is.

What is yours?


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