The NBA finals didn't go down like most of us expected. I'm not sure if we all expected Miami to win (I did), but I don't think anyone predicted that the Spurs would set an NBA record for point differential in an NBA finals while absolutely pantsing Miami.
The result threw into question one of the things we all felt was a given. LeBron James would be in Miami for the 2014-15 season. I had a hard time envisioning LeBron leaving Miami. Where would he go? How would he realistically get into a better situation than the one he has?
It didn't seem all that possible, but now? Well his situation doesn't look all that promising. Dwyane Wade may have had something acute going on, but if not, he just looks done. He couldn't defend nor could he attack. He couldn't take Boris Diaw off the dribble in one on one situations.
If you hadn't noticed, Diaw, as great s he played, is kind of an overweight big man. That's not a good sign.
Chris Bosh looks like a shell of the player he was four years ago when he arrived as Spoelstra's turned him into a stretch four.
The Heat could maybe convince everyone and Melo to take massive pay cuts, but even if they add Melo, I'm not sure a one dimensional scorer is really going to push them over the top. It will simply create a greater overall talent but also an even greater misalignment of individuals.
How LeBron sees this situation is what will matter, but if I'm LeBron, I'd at least give serious thought to whether or not I wanted to stick around in Miami.
Should the Bulls make a play for LeBron?
There's some serious LeBron hate in Chicago, but let's not kid ourselves, we'll all turn that one around real quick if he were to sign with Chicago. Dennis fricken Rodman became one of the most popular figures here, and I can hardly imagine a player more hated prior to him coming here.
If Pippen and Rodman can make up and be friends to win three titles then Noah and LeBron will have no problems, particularly since they play the game the same way.
So short story, I don't think there are any inherent personality risks or flaws that would prevent this from working.
We'll probably all know how good the odds look at landing James prior to making a decision. The odds will likely be zero. It probably won't even be a question, however, if there's a chance, then you pursue it as hard as you can.
You make an effort. Even if LeBron doesn't like Chicago weather and the odds seem low. You go for it, because if you're successful then it's the only move you can make in which NBA championships are likely rather than possible.
It's the longest of long shots. Is any superstar going to trust the Bulls situation? Is LeBron going to bet on Joakim Noah + Derrick Rose instead of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade? Rose's knee sure as hell doesn't seem safer than Wade's at this point does it?
This is where Rose has really hurt the team by not playing the past two post seasons (and not just LeBron, but any star thinking of coming here).
Joe Cowley tweeted that the Bulls were going to pull out all stops to make a major upgrade to the team this year. The Bulls will need to overcome plenty to lure any star here, but it looks like they're going to take their shots.
One of those shots should be at LeBron however unlikely success might seem.
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