LeBron James, arguably the best basketball player in the NBA, will become a free agent on July 1. He will stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers or he will leave, no one knows or at least it is has not been made public yet.
One of his greatest issues in Cleveland is that he never had a teammate to help him get over the hump. For the last seven years, LeBron has gotten better as a player while his individual stats have improved; however, he has yet to win a championship.
Every time he prematurely crashes out of the playoffs, everyone complains that his team mates never show up.
However, if he is going to fully entertain the idea of finding a player that will help him win championships over the coming seasons, he should look no further than Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the greatest NBA partnership in the last 20 years.
“We had a great relationship. We both understood what we needed from each other and we knew what we needed to do for our team to be successful night in and night out.”
Those were the words of Scottie Pippen, just before the Chicago Bulls retired his jersey in 2005, when asked about his relationship with Jordan by Bulls.com. He went on to say:
“I think he felt that he had certain responsibilities and I had my own responsibilities. Whether or not those things were written in black or white, we just knew what it took to win. We took on different challenges.”
Pippen had a few issues and one of them was playing with Jordan . He wanted to be the man in Chicago but how could he with Michael Jordan on the roster . Can you imagine being a fly on the wall at a Bulls practice?
"When we went into battle, I knew I had someone to watch my back," Michael Jordan said. "Scottie Pippen, he's my guy. I love him like a brother. He pushed me to be the best basketball player every day in practice. And I pushed him to be the best Scottie Pippen he could be."
This is the kind of player LeBron needs. Not someone who is going to laugh at his jokes and happily sit back in his shadow. He does not need a Robin to his Batman, hell even Robin does not want to be Robin.
There are currently two other free agents to be that will not defer to LeBron: Dwayne Wade and Carlos Boozer.
If LeBron plays with Wade he might never become the greatest player ever, but he will win championships. Every night it will be a competition to see who gets the better stats of the two. They will push each other in practice but it will be a healthy competition.
Pippen was one of the greatest individual defensive players of all time, so after practising with him, Jordan was ready to take on all contenders.
Wade is one of the best defenders in the league and there is no doubt he will give LeBron trouble in practice.
When the game is on the line Wade will want the ball, and to an extent so will LeBron, as they are both just as good as each other unlike Jordan and Pippen.
There is a reason Phil Jackson had to bench Pippen when Jordan came back from his year long hiatus in 1994. Many felt it was to let Pippen know his place.
Carlos Boozer on the other hand, will probably never make the Hall of Fame. The Lakers exposed him as a tweener in the semifinals of the Western Conference this season.
However he is a gamer, no matter how many times Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol rejected his shot, Boozer fought them until the end.
He played with LeBron his rookie season but neither was the player they are today.
He is the perfect running mate, as he is not overly talented, but through his will he will make a few more All-Star teams.