To me, there are only 2 teams in the LBJ race
they basically put all their eggs in one basket with hoping they land some big free agents next year. If they don't get lebron, I think they will be get someone else, but no one who is gonna turn that franchise around. I don't see either Wade or JJohnson leaving their teams. Bosh or Amare might leave, but I don't consider them franchise changers. Knicks don't have their first round pick and are taking a pretty big gamble. Good luck.
probably a new PG.
Mike- Yea but i do not see LBJ wanting to go into MJ shadow and be the guy to lead like Micheal in CHiacgo
True, very true. But I think that would be cancelled out if he had the opportunity to win a title.
I think that's foolish, who cares if Michael played there.
Is it? I mean, you dont see alot of FA's go to Chicago and now the best player goes to Chicago? I know if LBJ did, everyone on this site (Dont lie) would be saying
Oh, He's going to be the 2nd coming of MJ in Chicago and thinks like that. Thats alot of pressure and if he doesn't win, I think he gets critizited more.
Ben Wallace? I mean, I think for the most part, the Bulls have been committed to building through the draft...They took their plunge when they had cap space on the DPOY, in Wallace.
I'll admit there would be some added pressure because of MJ, but LBJ is under a lot of pressure to win no matter where he goes. People expect him to be the best player on the team that wins the championship because we've been told he's that guy since he was on the cover of SI his Jr. year. LBJ can't be afraid of pressure... otherwise he'll never win a title.
I said alot of people dont go to Chiacgo and you named 1 guy. Woooo
Yea he does have pressure but LBJ going to Chiacago would almost triple it.
Not a lot of guys change jerseys in the NBA via free agency because of the way the salary cap works... You have to be so far under the cap, unless you're doing a sign-and-trade.
Great players live for the pressure.
What about Miami? They could have more cap room open than anyone next year as they have 39 million coming off the Cap between JO, Haslem, and QRich.
going to chicago is a lot of pressure for a great wing player imo. Guys like Lebron, kobe, and Wade don't want to walk by a statue of Jordan every time they enter the arena and know that there's probably nothing they can do to be the all time local favorite. I would think it would be much nicer for them to play somewhere they can be the hero. Where even one title will mean something significant. Chicago is a tough place to do that for a wing player playing under Jordan's shadow. It's not so much about pressure as much as it is about the annoyance of constantly being compared to some one.
I mean, I understand the pressure and all, but I can't see any great player, who's trying to win a championship as badly as LBJ is, turning down the opportunity to play with DERRICK ROSE, LUOL DENG, hinrich, salmons, noah, brad miller... try stopping LBJ and DRose...
he needs to go somewhere with talent... he understands that (look who he's been playing with his entire career~!)
Thought about the Lakers letting Kobe go and taking Lebron? Its a stupid idea but its an interesting one
it's more stupid then interesting honestly.
How can you speak for LeBron? Maybe he likes talent over management because he knows he controls whatever management he goes too. (Clippers) Maybe he likes the MJ comparisons and is drawn to Chicago because of it. I'm not saying those are definite but how can you speak for LeBron when you have no idea what he wants. If he went to one of those teams it wouldn't be the dumbest thing ever, both are solid young teams.
Hey, anyone can speak for anyone.
I feel the Knicks and Cavs are the frontrunners.
Like I said for the last 10 posts :
I dont see LBJ wanted to walk in MJ's shadow and take all the critism and pressure of being the 2nd coming of MJ in Chicago. Also, they dont attract alot of FA's
The Clippers to me are not in contention for LBJ because to me the Clippers have been poorly run since 1980, bad coach, bad GM and there the 2nd best team in LA
While I think that New York is the front runner to land LeBron James and fulfill your championship dreams, I just wanted to stae something in response to what you said about Donnie Walsh. While he may have few or even no blemsihes on his record, he also has no rings. Been inb the business a long time, and while he is no doubt better than Danny Ferry, I think there are better basketball minds out there than Donnie Walsh.
Also, maybe I'm wrong, but it doesn't seem to me that NY has attracted any top FAs either.... correct me if i'm wrong, but chris duhon is not a big name FA, IMO