2010 NBA Free-Agency: The Key to LeBron's Heart

Danny DolphinAnalyst IJune 28, 2010

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What might go down as the most influential free-agency period in NBA history, is finally just days away.
The main event is the chase after the most exhilarating athlete on Earth—LeBron James.

James is a spectacle. At any moment of any game there is a chance—a very viable one—that he is going to do something amazing, something you’ve never seen before, and probably never will again. Combine that with the fact that he is the most complete basketball player the world has ever seen at just 25 years young.


Throw that package into a 6′8", 260-pound machine of a body—a body that was handcrafted in an alien lab in some parallel universe with the sole purpose to play basketball.

That’s King James in a nutshell.

Fans from Chicago, Miami, New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles (Clippers) have been salivating for months now over the possibility of "The King" taking their franchise to the next level.

Sometime Thursday afternoon, James will welcome in representatives from the aforementioned teams to give their best sales pitch, a pitch that could make or break careers of front offices, players, and even franchises.

Although nothing is certain, there is a report from the New York Times that debates whether there is any legitimacy that these meetings will be anything more than a formality.

The latest reports have it that James and Chris Bosh going to Chicago is a certainty.

The bottom line is that an impending free agent cannot sign a contract until July 1 officially begins midnight Thursday. Anything can happen between now and then.

There is still hope for those outside Chi-town.

The key to James isn’t some fancy sales pitch. New York can promise glitz and L.A. can sell him on weather and Hollywood. Jersey can sell him on playing for the league’s most impressive owner, a 6′8″ Russian gazillionaire, who doesn’t even use a computer or cell phone.

Miami can try to convince him to team up with Dwayne Wade in South Beach, and help build a team around the most unique but questionable duo ever, while Chicago can offer James an intriguing combination of complimentary young talent and further cap space.

Forget all that.

The key to me seems so simple now. It resides in a big man that would perfectly compliment him. A big man that can provide a one-two punch that would make any team with a stud wing a serious contender.

His name is Chris Bosh.

If Chicago can throw in Bosh in addition to their other assets, it’s all over. James will join him in Chicago and become the new beasts of the east.

Elite big men make life so much easier on their guards. Just ask Kobe Bryant, who would have never won a ring without men named Shaquille O’Neal or Pau Gasol.

Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer are great players, but they don’t compare to Bosh’s all-around, complete game.

The only team that can counter Chicago from the beginning is and always has been Miami. If the Heat lock up Bosh, it throws Chicago’s dream scenario into a tail spin.

The Heat would be able to build a team from scratch around Bosh and Wade, a team that would be better than James and Derrick Rose, without question. Keep in mind Miami would still then be able to add a third premier free agent, something Chicago absolutely cannot do.

On a side note people say, “Well why doesn’t James join Wade from the start?”

It has to do with legacy. If James joins Wade he will never, no matter how many rings they win, go down as the best ever, surpassing Michael Jordan.

If James can win it all, four or five times, without a guy like Wade, he can still maybe overcome "His Airness", and cement his legacy as being the all-time greatest. Wade is essentially too good for Lebron as a side kick. He would always be weighing James’ legacy down.

People would always talk about how he never won a ring until he joined Wade.

Bosh could be James' "Scottie Pippen”, a guy that never ever took the spotlight off Jordan during the Bulls’ dynasty. Wade could never play that role, he has already achieved too much. Bosh is just good enough to help him win a ring but just bad enough to not have a chance of tarnishing James' legacy, if that makes any sense.

So if Wade and Miami have Bosh in place, James would be forced into considering joining forces with them in Miami and opening a can on the rest of the league for the next half decade. That is if values winning over anything else.

Or he would then join Chicago or New York and try to take down the fully-loaded new look Heat with he sole stubborn purpose of defining his legacy. There is a chance he’d still win a ring, but it would be anything but certain.

The key to the King James saga has never been about the bright lights of New York City, a young promising point guard in Chicago or the allure of joining Wade in South Beach it’s always been about Bosh.

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