Tonight LeBron James will be announcing his decision regarding which team he will join for the 2010-2011 NBA season. The front runners are the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, and of course his current residence, the Cleveland Cavaliers. So where will Lebron James end up?
I think it is safe to say the Los Angeles Clippers and The New Jersey Nets are out of the running. The possibility of a Los Angeles rivalry between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James is enticing, but ultimately California is already loyal to Kobe and the Clippers’ franchise does not have a rich enough history to lure James into being the new poster boy. The same goes for The Nets, except New Jersey can’t even offer an intriguing story line.
The Chicago Bulls, however, have the greatest legacy of all, Michael Jordan. LeBron would almost certainly be the next great chapter in Bulls’ history. In Chicago, LeBron would join a top notch group of young studs including sophomore phenom Derrick Rose, the crafty Kirk Hinrich, and a spirited Joakim Noah. The Bulls made the playoffs this past year, losing to no other but the Cavs. So while they clearly have a skilled team as it is, adding LeBron would make them a dangerous contender. This is why most analysts have predicted that the Bulls will be the beneficiary of King James, but I think otherwise. The ingredients are all there, yes, but should LeBron go to Chicago he is doomed to be forever second to Michael Jordan. LeBron wants to be the best that’s ever played the game. He will never gain that immortality in Chicago.
The New York Knicks, now equipped with Amare Stoudemire, can offer LeBron James more glory than any other team. The possibility of being the next champion for the heart of the East Coast may be too hard to pass up. But LeBron is a basketball player first and a celebrity second. The New York Knicks basketball program has been in shambles the past few years. LeBron James is looking to win a championship right away, and while the talent will be there, the management might not. He will pass on New York.
Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James? Should LeBron go to Miami, we would be looking at the most dominant basketball trio in NBA history. With a few clever moves, Miami can clear up enough cap room to add LeBron to their roster, but will he go? They certainly want him to. And so do I. If Dwayne Wade was without a ring, I think LeBron would join Miami. But if you ask me, LeBron wants to get a ring on his own. Sure, he wants to be supported with players of quality and experience, but should he join Wade and Bosh in a quest for the Championship, he will be a part of an All-Star team, not LeBron’s team. Wade is already Miami’s hero, LeBron is Cleveland’s.
There’s no place like home. Lebron won’t abandon Cleveland, at least not until he gets his ring. Maybe this will be the year they give him a supporting staff with the talent to help him go the distance. LeBron has certainly proven himself and I’d like to make the prediction that management will prove themselves as well by finally supplying LeBron with the team that can bring home the Championship.