I was thinking today that for a title to feel special, you need to really embrace the team. Just having the uniform on the front is not enough. Not for me, and probably not for most die hard Bulls fans.
If the Lakers had decided to trade their roster for ours at the trade deadline, I'd follow the team, and I'd be happy they won a title (if they won), but it wouldn't feel all that special. The talent wouldn't feel like it's ours.
In that vein, LeBron wouldn't feel like he's ours either. Now I'm not jumping the gun and assuming he's coming here. Despite today's joyful report from Chris Broussard, I find the odds of LeBron picking the Bulls to be around 25-30%, but playing make believe (and I have two kids, so I'm well practiced in make believe); if he joined the team, how long would it take you to embrace him?
While I'd be absolutely bouncing off the walls happy if we signed LeBron, and know I'd embrace him as a Bull eventually, I also know it wouldn't be right away.
There's still so much LeBron hatred left over from the time's he's beat the crap out of us and danced on the court afterwards. All the goofy rituals, hand shakes, team building, and giddiness of pounding the crap out of us just builds up some negativity.
It got me to thinking, who else causes this reaction? Kobe Bryant popped into my mind immediately, and after that, I'm not sure if anyone else is on the list. Dwyane Wade is a maybe for me since he's ripped our heart out a few times too, but at least we swept his ass out of the playoffs once as well.
I thought it might have to do with the total talent, but I thought about it more, and I think it has more to do with the guys who would take over a similar role to what Derrick Rose has. Add Dwight Howard or Chris Bosh and they complement Rose and play a two man game. Add LeBron, and he's taking the ball out of Rose's hands (not that I'm complaining, the coaching staff will find a way to make it work).
Derrick Rose is unequivocally our guy. He's a Chicago Bull through and through. There's a part of me that would do anything for Rose to win a title here as the best player even though I don't think he's talented enough to pull that off. Rose becomes the best player in the league in my perfect dream world situation and leads us to titles as the man.
However, left between wishing on a star for Rose to become #1 or getting LeBron and having probably 10x the odds of winning a title, give me LeBron and let me work out my emotional issues through therapy.