Posted by homerunheyer on May 17th, 2010
Lebron James and The Cleveland Cavaliers were suprisingly eliminated from the NBA playoffs in the Conference Semi-Finals against the Boston Celtics in six games Thursday May 13. Many NBA experts believed the Cavaliers were going to make it to the Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. They were right about the Lakers so far, they made it to the Conference Finals, but the Cavaliers could not rise to the challenge and were eliminated one round earlier than last season.
Now that the Cavaliers season is over, everyone is wondering where “The King”, Lebron James is going to go. This is the first time James has been a free agent in his career. The question is, will James stay with his current team where he would probably make the most money or will he go somewhere else where he has a better chance to win a championship?
Many NBA experts believe that if James decides to move to another team that it will either be The New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, or the Chicago Bulls.
Reasons to leave for any of the four teams mentioned, Knicks: James would be more in the spotlight than he already is. Once someone goes to play for New York their popularity goes through the roof. James has the chance to be larger than life in New York, but they do not have a championship caliber team even with James. If the Knicks sign James they will not have that much salaray cap space left to sign any other big name players. The Knicks can wheel and deal though to build a team around James if they land him.
Nets: If the Nets land John Wall in the draft lottery along with the Nets new owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s large wealth, the Nets can build a championship team in no time. The Nets have plenty of room for James along with other big name players. On top of those factors the Nets are very close to New York and will garner a lot of popularity for James. There has also been rumors for years that the Nets will be moving to Brooklyn by 2012. The Nets may be a better choice than the Knicks because of all these reasons.
Heat: The notion of DeWayne Wade and James on the same team would be spectacular. There are also rumors that the Heat will land Chris Bosh. With Bosh, James, and Wade the Heat would be unstoppable. Pat Riley will do all that is possible for this dream to happen. Another plus on James going to Miami is the location. James would not get the stardom of being in the New York area but he would get year long warm weather and the beach. Living in Miami is like being on vacation all the time.
Bulls: The Bulls are believed to have the best chance at landing James if he decides to leave. James has a chance to follow in Miachel Jordon’s footsteps by going to Chicago. There have been rumors that Phil Jackson might go back to Chicago if James lands there. The Bulls gives James the best oppurtunity to win a championship because they already have two great players on their team with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, unlike the three other teams that would have to rebuild around James. James could bring the Bulls back to their dynasty status of the 1990’s.
Whether James will stay or go, he will be the biggest story throughout the next three to four months in all of sports. (ESPN.com)