After viewing "The Decision," when LeBron James told the world he was going to Miami, I was furious. I could not believe he would pass up an opportunity to play in Chicago with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and a team that had the potential to be a threat for years.
It has been more than a year now since that day, and honestly, I am happy LeBron decided to stay away from Chicago. At first glance, a tandem of LeBron James and Derrick Rose is essentially making NBA 2K12 a reality. Outside of the video game world, though, there are real-world factors.
Think about the way people view LeBron now.
Outside of Miami, everyone wants him to fail. I want him to fail, and it is because he is now public enemy No. 1 for abandoning Cleveland. Wait, though, didn't I want him to do the same thing, but come to Chicago?
Yes, but after seeing how things have played out, I am relieved that things didn't "work out" for the Bulls. I know there are a lot of people who despise the Chicago Bulls—simply because they dominated for so many years during the Michael Jordan era. Jordan also made a name for the Chicago Bulls, and I would not want LeBron's current situation to tarnish what the past has created for this franchise.
If LeBron came to Chicago, people would hate the Bulls like they do the Heat. That just does not sit right with me. I understand people will dislike franchises because of rivalries and such, but I would never want to see my team hated simply because LeBron James decided to make it his home.
The other reason that LeBron James avoiding Chicago benefited the Bulls was that he would not have fit in their system. Rose is a superstar, but he does not display the annoying emotions and antics of one. If LeBron was on this team, doing all his whining and stuff, this team would not have the chemistry it does. Rose has made this team humble.
I find the Bulls to be a respectable team. Joakim Noah may have the biggest mouth, but he comes into every game playing his hardest. The players seem so connected, as if they were playing together for years, but in reality it was going game by game. Fans respect that. LeBron doesn't seem to see the team, but just himself at times. I know that he is buddies with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, but he just seems to zone out the rest of the team at times. I know these three are in a league of their own, but I would sometimes be watching a game and feel like I was watching five-on-three. The Bulls get everyone involved, from Rose to Taj Gibson to Omer Asik.
If James were in Chicago, I just couldn't see it playing out like that.
After James made his move to Miami, his name became tarnished. While his ship sunk, he also brought down Wade and Bosh. I would have hated to see LeBron bring Rose down with him. Rose is one of the most humble players in the league, but LeBron potentially could have brought down Rose with so many haters. I know LeBron gets his biggest insults because he joined Wade and Bosh, but fans know Rose was a superstar, too. That being said, LeBron joining Rose would have looked like he was still needing help to get that ring.
I wouldn't complain if LeBron came to Chicago and they won a ring, but honestly, I think a team led by Derrick Rose tastes so much sweeter. If the Bulls would have gone out and signed James, it would seem like they bought themselves a championship. I'd rather see them build themselves around Rose.
It would have been interesting if things played out differently if LeBron chose Chicago, New York or elsewhere, as I think people became more disgusted with him after they saw his abandoning of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. I think many people figured he would have just returned to Cleveland, but by the way he handled it, he was poised to ruin the image of whatever franchise he ultimately decided on.