As we are approaching 2010 free agency, we are finally ready for the madness.
The biggest fish in this free agent frenzy certainly is LeBron James, and recently we’ve been hearing many potential destinations for the King, most notably Chicago and Miami.
However, I will prove that the best situation for LeBron James is with the New York Knicks.
LeBron James is the biggest free agent in NBA history, and whichever team is landing him could presumably be the favorites to win the NBA finals next season.
LeBron, however, is not only looking to win next season, but looking to establish an all time great legacy that will rival that of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Kobe Bryant.
Believe it or not, going to Chicago will prevent LeBron James from doing so.
Chicago has some major question marks.
Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf has never payed the luxury tax, and will have to if he plans to build a winning core that will last.
Remember Reinsdorf is the owner who broke up the Bulls dynasty due to not wanting to commit to Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen through the twilight of their careers.
Reinsdorf will eventually face a similar situation when Rose and Noah are eligible for new contracts.
Knicks owner James Dolan has shown consistently that he’s willing to commit money and pay the luxury tax.
Dolan even shelled out major money towards some bad teams in contrast to Reinsdorf who wasn’t even willing to keep a dynasty together.
The Knicks unlike the Bulls have a plan that goes past 2010 free agency.
While both the Knicks and Bulls can sell LeBron on the prospect of playing alongside a superstar, preferably Chris Bosh, the Knicks can sell LeBron on the future past 2010.
After this season Eddie Curry’s contract comes off the books and the Knicks will have the cap space to make a run at a Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks could also use Eddie Curry’s contract in a trade for a player like Chris Paul, or Carmelo Anthony if Anthony decides to leave Denver, or a floor general like Tony Parker.
It could take time but the Knicks can sell LeBron on the fact that they can build a long-term winner.
The prospect that is the summer of 2011 is something no other team can make to LeBron James.
The Bulls currently have a solid nucleus in Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Luol Deng, but that nucleus doesn’t fit with LeBron.
Derrick Rose has never played off the ball, and like LeBron Rose is most dominant when he has the ball in his hands, looking to score or make plays.
I don’t know if Rose can play off the ball and be a knockout shooter. Rose will have to reduce his role, and he is still learning how to be a lead guard in the NBA.
The Bulls also have no shooters. They traded away their best shooter Kirk Hinrich in order to free up cap space for LeBron.
The Knicks have Danilo Gallinari, one of the best shooters in the NBA.
Gallinari shot 38 percent from behind the arc, he was second in the NBA in 3 pointers made, and he’s only 21 years old. LeBron James likes to penetrate and Gallinari is a perfect knock down shooter to play with LeBron.
With the Knicks, LeBron could assume the role of playmaker in Mike D’Antoni’s offense and run an offense similar to Pat Riley’s "Showtime" with the Lakers.
LeBron James, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and a big man like Chris Bosh would provide one of the most explosive offenses in the league, one good enough to come out of what looks like a watered down Eastern conference.
Then you add the fact that the Knicks will have the cap space to acquire marquee names in 2011, or trade for another superstar, the team would then have a core that can last long-term, and the ultimate goal for LeBron is to build a long term contender that will help him establish an all time legacy.
The Chicago Bulls recently hired former Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau.
While Thibodeau was the orchestrator of the Celtics stingy defense, he has no familiarity with LeBron James in contrast to Mike D’Antoni who spent much time with LeBron because D’Antoni was on the USA basketball coaching staff.
Thibodeau is an unproven head coach who has never coached an NBA game. Yes, LeBron preaches defense and Thibodeau is a defensive minded coach, but LeBron James knows nothing about Tom Thibodeau.
LeBron has a solid relationship with Mike D’Antoni, and would fit well in his system.
Reality is that the Knicks have much more to offer than the Bulls when it comes to the bigger picture.
The Knicks have the chance to get better in 2011, plus they have many players coming off the books in 2012.
The Bulls can promise immediate success, but with the Bulls, the pieces don’t fit, and it won’t allow LeBron James to build an all time legacy.
LeBron James fits perfectly in a city like New York, a big time player like LeBron would embrace the city of New York.
LeBron is friends with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia who told James about the prospect of playing in New York.
If LeBron wins in New York, he will own the city and enhance his status as a global icon.
This is in stark contrast to Chicago where no one will replace Michael Jordan, and Miami where the fans lack the passion of the inhabitants of the world’s most famous arena.
This decision could be the biggest in NBA history.
LeBron James will consider all his options but New York is the best long-term option.
The Knicks have been waiting over two years for this moment, and after a decade of bad basketball the fans expect to see a winner next season.
The Knicks brass will go out to visit LeBron James in Akron, and the King expects to make a decision around July 5th.
LeBron James is looking to go to a place where he can win multiple titles and enhance his status as a global icon.
New York is the best fit.