You want to go home or you want to go to jail?
“This shit is chess it ain’t checkers.”
That’s how Detective Alonzo Harris would explain this LeBron situation.
And since The King now has only one move, it’s almost checkmate Miami.
Team Riley-Wade-Bosh has come together, and now LeBron must go to Miami. Yes, I said must.
When no team could entice King James on their own, the Knicks came up with their first semi-intelligent front office move in years. They signed Amar’e early. Giving LeBron a little something extra when he looked at the Knicks.
The Bulls followed suit by adding Carlos Boozer shortly after. Same idea. They now can offer Rose, Noah, Deng, and Boozer as the LeBronettes.
Unfortunately for the Bulls and Knicks, Miami trumped both moves and signed two of the maybe twelve guys in the league you can’t constitute as bonified LeBronettes (for reference: Paul, Nash, Wade, Bosh, Howard, Kobe, Gasol, the Durantula, Melo, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Dirk. With Rondo a jump shot away.)
The Wade-Bosh-Miami connection was not a surprise if you didn’t overthink it. They are two top ten players who have complimentary games and are good friends that played on Team USA together.
Oh yeah, and they were shooting a documentary together about going through the free agency process in 2010. Weird they chose to play together. Should be a nice ending to the doc.
So why did Wade and Bosh announce this now? To force LeBron’s hand.
These three guys planned to become free agents together this summer. This is known and has been for two years now.
So while LeBron has been sitting in his throne a la Princess Jasmine waiting for suitors to roll through Agrabah on their elephants
It will be a whole new world, sorry Cleveland.
with bags of gold, Wade and Bosh got fed up that the Princess was enjoying this a little too much and not sticking with the original plan.
So they made a move.
Now Jasmine has every right to allow her suitors to parade around the palace and attempt to woo her, for she was never able to be illegally recruited to play college basketball – she went straight to the pros. She missed out on all the fun and is making up for it now.
Unfortunately, Bosh and Wade got tired of waiting for Princess LeBron and have now left him with these options:
Option 1: Stay in Cleveland. LeBron could save an entire city by simply staying put and taking more money than he can get anywhere else (30 million over six years about). Unfortunately, he has had seven years as a Cavalier and no hardware to show for it. The losing in Cleveland is bigger than even LeBron.
They switched out Mike Brown for Byron Scott, even though I’m sure most people in Cleveland won’t even notice (especially after everyone there jumps in the Cuyahoga tomorrow night).
They also have no money for free agents; mainly because of the now-crippling Jamison deadline deal last year. Might have cost them a LeBron-Stoudemire combo. Sign Shaq, lose LeBron, fire the 08-09 Coach of the Year within 14 months. Firing Danny Ferry was a good step, but the damage was already done.
As for Chris Bosh joining the King, he actually told LeBron he would go anywhere with him except Cleveland.
Then LeBron pushed his decision back until after his Akron Nike Camp was over. Then he said he would donate all commercial advertising proceeds from his hijacking of ESPN for an hour Thursday night to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland. He will make this decision in Connecticut by the way, not Cleveland. Do you see a pattern here?
Sorry Cleveland fans, you have seen LeBron in your gold and crimson for the last time. Your current most recognizable sports figure just went from LeBron James to Mike Holmgren. The King to the Walrus. I really do feel for you.
Option 2: Take Over the Big Apple.
Amar’e and Mike D’Antoni are a good combination; it’s a proven fact. Back in their work together in Pheonix, they were a consistent top three team in the West. So New York should be a good spot, right? Well D’Antonamar’e never won a ring. In fact, they never even got to a championship. They also gave up 430 points a game and had a pretty good Canadian guy helping out on offense.
Hmmm. Add a shaky front office, a culture of losing, and the pressure of the biggest city in the world, and you do not have a recipe for success. LeBron was booed once in his entire career in Cleveland. ONCE! And that was his last game as a Cavalier, where he walked off the court pouting. I’m sure he’s looking forward to Spike Lee in his ear and his face all over the backpages.
Option 3: Go play for the Clippers.
Kobe veto. Moving on.
Option 4: Head over to Jersey to play for Teddy KGB and Jay-Z.
Newark for two years and watching Devin Harris brick runners for 48 minutes a night…Sorry Hova, wait until your actually playing in Brooklyn and then start calling people.
Option 4: Go play for Chicago.
Well now, hold on. This kind of makes sense. You have one of the best young players in the game; who happens to be a point guard and is making a rookie salary. Forget the fact that he’s never even been in the same room as an SAT Test; Derrick Rose is an enticing teammate.
Add Boozer to go with Deng and Noah, and you have a formidable starting five avec le Roi. With defensive guru Tom Thibodeau as the new head coach and enough room to give James the max deal – 16.6 million a year – the windy city could be the place to go.
There are some hang ups, though.
First of all, LeBron does not like Carlos Boozer. If you remember Carlos pulled a Benedict Arnold move in 2004 when he pulled the rug from under Cleveland for more money in Utah.
LeBron also doesn’t trust Chicago as an organization. Like Dwyane Wade said a few weeks ago, “”I see Michael Jordan is not there, Scottie Pippen is not there. … You know, these guys are not a part,” he told The Chicago Tribune.
“I know one thing about Miami: It is a very loyal organization. I see what they do with their players when their players get done with the game of basketball … how loyal they are,” Wade said.
Alonzo Mourning, Exhibit A of Miami’s loyalty, was conveniently one of the delegates from Miami that spoke to LeBron last week. Check Riley.
Don’t look past how important the organization is to LeBron, someone who is uber-conscious of his legacy and his image
Also, the Jordan comparison will only gain steam if he has a Bulls jersey on 82+ times a year. LeBron James the Bull has to win six titles or he is always #2 in his own city. He has to do this with no Pippen, no Rodman, and no Phil Jackson.
Finally, with LeBron on the Bulls, that still leaves them only even with the Magic and Celtics without their experience and chemistry. The Heat will then have about 17 million free to sign pieces to fit around Bosh-Wade, and the Hawks still have their core intact with Joe Johnson coming back.
That’s a crowded kingdom for a princess.
Look back at the Non-LeBronettes. None of them are on the Cavs, Knicks, Nets, Clips, or Bulls. Miami has two.
Get used to seeing them with the same letters across the chest.
Which means if he goes to Miami, he is immediately on the league’s best team. And remember, a team can go over the cap with players who sign minimum deals. If the Heat trade Beasley, and LeBoshWade all take 15 mill a year, the Heat will have about 4-5 million dollars to play with plus anyone they sign to a minimum deal (rookies and aging vets willing to take a pay cut for a ring). That’s plenty to suffice a championship. Or championships.
All three will be inked for up for six years. That’s scary.
He would have a good young coach, Erik Spoelstra, a better old coach who will most likely take over at some point when Spoelstra “takes time off to spend with his family “ in the middle of the year when the team is 37-4, and an owner in Mickey Arison who writes checks and stands back while Riley runs the show.
Not to mention he is in South Beach, with pressure distributed among three players in a city where they are considerably content due to a championship in the last decade.
Riley and Wade have moved all their pieces in the right place. And it’s time for the King to fall.
LeBron knows where he should go. And tomorrow night, at probably around 9:59 pm EST, he will be putting on a Miami Heat flat brim.
And then hopefully we can get a week of analysis and then put it to rest. I want SportsCenter back.