First off, I am a Bulls fan, so I wanted him to come to Chicago. And after the year is done, looking at what could have been, I still wish James would have taken his talents and played alongside Rose.
The Bulls need a guard who can shoot. Why not have a 6'8", 250-pound forward who can shoot? Yes, we wouldn't have Boozer, but was he that valuable to the Bulls anyways? He missed over half the season with an injury and wasn't very valuable in the playoffs.
The Bulls would have survived with what they have. Gibson could have done the job good enough at power forward, and with a tandem of Rose and James, the limits would have been endless.
But no, James wanted to have a three-headed monster. And after the Chicago series, I have finally seen the light—understanding that the decision he made was the right one.
Granted, he could have gone without "The Decision" and all the other drama. But, taking away all the side factors and looking at just his decision; it was brilliant.
It just took me five games to finally realize it.
In Cleveland, James didn't have the supporting cast available to make it to the NBA Finals. He had god-like talent, but that wasn't enough. It didn't matter how well he played, they needed more than just him.
It's the same for Rose. He can make all the MVP-caliber plays he wants—all the amazing spin moves and dunks. But when it was all set and done, his team around him wasn't good enough. No one else could step-up and make "the shot." Rose had no one to lean on when he needed it most, and it became too much for the 22-year-old phenom.
Think all the way back to the 1980s with the Boston Celtics: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Perish. Or the current Celtics of Pierce, Garnett and Allen. Or even back to the 1990's Bulls who had Jordan, Pippen and Rodman.
What's in common?
It's simple; stars need stars.
James didn't have the "star" he needed in Cleveland to win an NBA championship. He had a hard enough time making it there in the first place.
What did he do?
He made the necessary changes to put himself in a spot to win his first title. He made it to the finals in only his first year with the Heat, a task he was only able to accomplish once in his seven years in Cleveland.
Rose, at this point, doesn't have that star beside him to help make the Bulls legitimate championship contenders. This was proven in the series against the Heat, where it was obvious that the Bulls needed another player to help take the pressure off Rose.
So, Rose is in a similar situation to what James was in before he joined the Heat.
And as a Bulls fan who got to witness this firsthand, I finally respect and comprehend the decision James made.
It's about time the rest of you do, no matter how much you hate the man. In the end, he made the decision best for his career, even if it hurt a few people's feelings along the way.
But hey, we can't please everybody.
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