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If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:35 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 11:02 am
 
If the numerous reports out there are accurat e, and they've been confirmed by just about every major outlet on the planet, then Chris Bosh is joining Dwyane Wade on South Beach for one heck of a party. But as the tango starts up in Miami (it takes two, you see), we're going to have to turn our attention almost immediately back to where our eyes have been glued all along.

What does LeBron James do now?

With both of the significant power forward options off the market assuming Bosh is a done deal, James' decision becomes somehow simpler and more complicated. Our own Ken Berger reports that he's a near-lock to announce he's returning to Cleveland tomorrow during his one-hour ego boost. But James has to be taking a good long look at his options before committing to anything.

LeBron was expected to be the catalyst, but instead Joe Johnson recommitted to the Hawks first, then Amar'e Stoudemire didn't wait for James to decide where he was headed before jumping into the center of MSG. Now Bosh is teamed with Wade. James may want to return to Cleveland, to stay home, to be the hero, but he's got to look at a roster that won 120 games plus over the past two years and still didn't make the Finals and get a little nauseous thinking of having to compete with Orlando, Boston, and now Miami and whatever the Knicks pull off (if anything). Which means James' camp has to be exploring his options, which right now are thus:

Take less money to join Wade and Bosh in Miami. Wade and Bosh are almost definitely assured the max deals (Wade from Miami, Bosh in a sign-and-trade). So it's natural for them to take those deals which means James capitalizes on his enormous celebrity and forms a super-team the likes of which hasn't been seen in decades in the NBA thanks to the salary cap. He guarantees himself multiple rings but also sacrifices home court advantage in terms of market and under the circumstances, looks like the third wheel. James is no third wheel. As important as winning is to James, not giving up his leverage in his attempt to become a global icon is more important, and going to Miami would mean sacrificing stock in that. Still, the allure of a super team has to weigh heavily, especially when combined with the beach and tax situation in Miami.

Head to New York to join Amar'e.
James comes into the world's biggest market as the difference maker alongside Amar'e Stoudemire. All of a sudden New York is the free-agent destination and the team can fill out the roster with quality players while working towards the future. Still, the core roster behind Stoudemire is as shaky as it is in Miami, only without the All-Star duo and only Amar'e instead. The money would be amazing, but the basketball might suffer. It would be an incredible risk, but one with a huge payout.

Head to Chicago with Rose and Noah.
The Bulls have the most ready team to compete over the next decade and with James they would elevate to a whole other level. Noah provides strength low and Rose is one of the most up and coming point guards in the league. He would have his name next to Michael Jordan, for better or worse, and operate in a major market. The team would be ready to contend and could likely snag Carlos Boozer or David Lee to help with low-position scoring. For whatever reason, the Bulls have slipped out of most talks.

Stay home.
The option most are predicting, and have from the start. Our own Ken Berger reports that's the most likely scenario . But James is looking at Antawn Jamison, who did not deliver last season in any way, shape, or form, and Mo Williams as his running partners while the rest of the league gets younger, the Heat become a powerhouse, Boston maintains, Orlando maintains, and the Lakers still rule the roost. But Cleveland is home, and James may feel that his presence will always generate the ability for teams to improve. Maybe the Cavs can pull a rabbit out of a hat. What's strange is the most likely scenario also seems like the most risky. The Cavs are a lock to not be terrible in the future. But they're also a heavy favorite to be not be considered a true contender unless significant changes happen.

Wade and Bosh may force James to reconsider his decision, either way. The options are largely the same as they've ever been, but the pieces have now moved into place. In a little over 24 hours, James will have to publicly declare what's most important to him , with the whole world watching.

-Matt Moore

(Graphic: Roland Liwag)
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Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:53 am
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Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 6:53 am
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

I will actually miss Chris Bosh here in raptorland even though we never really won anything .... but we did have something to hang our head on an watch evry night and that was Chris Bosh.  Nobdy has that intnsity he had on our team he will surly be missed more than Vince Carter ever willl.  Chris Bosh was a class act and I hoped we did enough as fans in Toronto to save him but I knew after the last season we had lost him.  I actually blame Hedo Turkoglu who turned out to be a bust and not a team player.  As a raptor fan Im not sure who im gonna watch lead us now Andrea doesnt have the Khohonas this is truly the saddest offseason in Raptor history.  As a true raptor fan from day one we really will miss u Chris Bosh have a good career I will still boo u now but ur always a raptor good luck buddy



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:45 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Why shouldn't he have a press conference? He's now the most marketable athlete in the world.  I'd say he's surpassed Tiger at this point.  He hasn't really asked for this attention, he has just played the card he was dealt.



Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:24 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

How is it possible that if Lebron decides to go to the Knicks it will take him 3-5 years to win a ring are you on crack
One thing the Knicks have  that Miami,Chicago,Nets and Cleveland don't is the ability to maintain a consistent outside
Shot.  Lebron knows that if he stays in Cleveland he is handcuffed because there is no room to improve the team
They are MAXED OUT,in other words damed if he stays,damn if he goes.  Have any of you individuals ever was compounded
WITH THE DECISION to leave your hometown to complete your dreams and goals,it is a real tough decision. Granted the way
Lebron is taking us all for a long joyride is not appealing,but  he will do what is best for him and you can rest assured as long as his
Mom is content that her son is happy he is gone,hence the drawn out process.He will be a Knick because this is what Lebron wants
You had witness a last grasp attempt for Bosh to follow,but when that return was fruitless it was Ova.




Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 9:04 pm
 

Bosh isn't going back to Cleveland.

With Boozer, Stoudemire, Wade, and Bosh all decided, why would he go back to Cleveland??

At this point it's the Bulls, Heat, or Knicks. The Heat won't have the money for the long-term and the rest of their squad would suffer from the big three. The Knicks are New York and have Stoudemire (and could possibly swing for Melo either this summer of next year). The Bulls have a Michael Jordan statue outside but no one gave Shaq any guff for opting to play in Wilt's and Kareem's shadow. He seemed to handle it pretty well.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:35 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Cleveland JF, he may be a great player, but you cannot win by yourself.  The point you made about the awful Game 5 proves why the Cavs CANNOT win with the current supporting cast.  If he has just ONE bad game, that team is doomed.  Shaq at this stage of his career cannot be your leading scorer and expect to win.  Jamison is a good scorer, but needs to have the ball in his hands or he is ineffective.  He can't play second fiddle to someone like a Lebron and you can't expect Sideshow Bob to carry the slack.  The only thing he is effective at is flopping; he'd win the MVF (Most Valuable Flopper) Award.  With this same group, the Cavs are not winning.  Miami is going to be better even he does not stay, Boston is better, and the Magic are better.  This team, even with LBJ, is at best, the fourth best in the East.  IF they met the Lakers, they'd have their lunch handed to them.  His best chance to win would be with Chicago.  He has a young, solid cast with a PG in Rose in place for years to come plus cap room to add a Boozer or a Lee.  In NY, Stoudemire is here and they will have money coming off the books in Curry's contract next season.  In Cleveland, he is stuck with a group that cannot improve because they are over the cap and contracts that no teams will want to take on in Jamison, Mo, and Varejao.  Plus, Cleveland is not an attractive free agent draw, even with a figure as big as LBJ there.  He tried to get Bosh to come and all the pieces were in place for a sign and trade, but Bosh did not want to play in Cleveland.  NBA players are turned off by that city.  Not just Bosh, but look in the past.  Michael Redd was rumored to sign there before re-upping in Milwaukee when he was a star.  Boozer didn't re-sign even though he had the King.  I thought before these playoffs that he was staying for sure, but I don't believe so anymore and with Bosh going to the Heat and Amare signing in NY and now Boozer in Chicago, he knows Cleveland is not an attractive site for big free agents.  They prefer either warm weather destinations (Orlando, Miami, LA Lakers) or big cities (LA Lakers, NY, Chicago, Boston, Philly) than small cities like Cleveland.  And people say that he loves Cleveland too much and owes too much to the city to leave.  People talk like he actually cares about Cleveland.  He only cares about himself and his brand.  His main goal is to become a billionaire and expand his name.  He does Also, Akron is his home, not Cleveland.  If that team moved to Akron, he'd stay. 

Another problem I have is that people talk compare him with Art Modell if he leaves.  He would not be on the level of Art Modell because he took the Browns and took them away from Cleveland.  They had no team for four years.  At least you still have a basketball team and an owner that is willing to spend money to make it a winner.  They will have to rebuild of course, but LBJ and his ego are way too large for a city like Cleveland.  With the signing of Bosh and Wade and Boozer going to Chicago, he will either be a Bull or Knick tomorrow nite (hopefully NY).



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:10 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Looking that those pictures, he looks damn good in a Knick uniform.  And after hearing everyones claims that they know exactly what his decision will be, I think the way he looks in the uniform is just as viable.  This topic has hit the brink.  



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:58 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

First of all, give your head a shake Lebron. Your good but you've never won a championship. Keep your ego under control. He has an hour long segment devoted to one sentence. Secondly, it would be stupid to have this show if he decides to stay in Cleveland. Wheres the story there? Wherever this show is broadcasted is where he'll sign. Just make a decision, you're not better than everyone else. When you do this it actually makes you worse. Give your head a shake.



Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:29 pm
 

Who gives a rat's ass?

Talk about over exposed.




Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 5:14 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

I know everyone is down on the Cavs supporting cast and believes Lebron can not win a title in Cleveland with these guys. However the Cavs vs Celtics series was tied 2 - 2 and the Cavs had home court advantage as 2 of the remaining 3 games would ba at home.  Lebron shot a spectacular  3 - 14 in game 5 and 8 of 21 in game 6.   The Cavs did not win that series because Lebron,  not the supporting cast did not play well enough.  Lebron gets all of the credit when they win and none of the blame when they lose. 

Lebrons  totals looked ok because of the assists and rebounds but wherever he goes Miami, NY,Clev, Chi, are all going to lose if Lebron shoots a combined 11 - 35 in the biggest games of the season.

His  jumper and post game will still improve and when it does he will be unstoppable and win his titles.  I just hope he looks at himself and how he can improve and accepts the challenge of trying to win a championship in his home town instead of running away blaming the supporting cast for all of the teams shortcomings this past season.

 



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