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  1. #1
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    Right State, Wrong City?

    Its mid season, and so time to evaluate choices made this past summer, and why not revisit the most interesting and talked about decsion.

    This past summer when LeBrond James announced he was going to Florida, did he choose the right state, but the wrong city? Everybody knows that its hard to win a title without and anchor in the post. The Lakers have won with Shaq and Gasol/Bynum, the Pistons won with Big Ben dominating the glass and anchoring the defence, the 80's saw Bird and Magic get big help from Parish and Kareem, and Dr. J needed Moses to help him clinch a title. In the 90's if Jordan wasnt on your team, you needed The Dream or David Robinson. Indeed, it has been hard to win without a man in the middle (though the Bulls pulled it off 6 times, they seem to be the exception to the rule, and only did it when they had great rebounders on the wing- Jordan and Pippen- helping the greatest rebounder since Wilt Chamberlain in Dennis Rodman).


    Should James have worked a sign-and-trade with Orlando? He could be playing alongside Dwight Howard on a team that has already been to the finals, and could have also given Cleveland a player like Rashad Lewish in return, or even Vinsanity. Allowing Cleveland to get something in return (like Grant Hill did with Detroit) could have smoothed over the popular opinion of the super star while at the same time putting him on a contender with a young, dominant center, isntead of building a team with any old nuts and bolts that were willing to take a minimum contract to play with Wade and LBJ.



    Miami is a great team, but they look to be at least a season away from really contending (though an early return of Udonis Haslem and his placement at center instead of back-up PF along with a healthy Miller could help bring a title to Miami this season).


    I'm not a fan of Miami or Orlando, just a fan of the game who has noticed a certain trend in basket: It is easier to win with a great center. So my question: Would LBJ be in a better position to win multple wins playing alongside Howard? or playing alongside Bosh and Wade?


    And please, this is not a 'hater' thread. I respect LBJ, and Miami, and Orlando, I just thought this would make an interesting conversation, so lets keep it clean.

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    good thought...BUT orlando would've had to given up A LOT to get LeBron, im sure Rashard Lewis would have to be traded and I doubt Cleveland woulda wanted his contract. But, LeBron and Dwight would be a great duo
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    In the end, he's probably gonna win a couple rings with Miami. But, had he gone to Orlando, they win this year and begin a dynasty for sure.

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    I'm not gonna lie. As a Heat fan, all I really wanted this past offseason was Wade and Bosh. That was the plan from the beginning. Obviously getting LeBron was icing on the cake for me and other Heat fans, but LeBron and Dwight is a great duo that would produce quite a bit of titles.

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    Bulls won because you don't need a dominate big man in the triangle

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    If we are throwing teams who were in the top 5 in luxury tax into the LeBron sweepstakes, why not the Celtics? Why not LeBron to the Lakers? If the Cavs were willing to take trash, why not Richard Jefferson straight up sign & trade for LeBron going to the Spurs? Considering their current record, with LeBron they are what? 75-7?

    This topic is somewhat pointless.
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    Nelson, Arenas, Turkoglu, Bass, D12 and Lebron James on one team ? Sounds okay I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hgtiger32 View Post
    good thought...BUT orlando would've had to given up A LOT to get LeBron, im sure Rashard Lewis would have to be traded and I doubt Cleveland woulda wanted his contract. But, LeBron and Dwight would be a great duo
    Since the Heat gave up a first and TPE, I don't think Orlando woulda had it much worse. Maybe Nelson, Carter, their first, and Gortat perhaps? At worst.

    It coulda gotten done if he had real interest. It does make you wonder. Paired with Howard, they could have been a complete juggernaut and had better role players.

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    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/MIA/2011.html

    The Miami Heat are 4th in offensive rating, 5th in defensive rating, and 2nd in SRS. I'm just going to remind everyone they are doing this their first year together and they haven't even been at full strength all season. What's stopping them from possibly being the best offensive and defensive team in the league next year? They lock teams perimeter players down and double team low post threats. Then they get out in transition and get a ton of easy baskets. This team is a nightmare. They may not win this season but titles are coming. That's for sure. He made the right move.


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    I think the main thing people are overlooking is Dan Gilbert wasn't even considering the possibility LeBron would leave.

    Even if he told the Cavs he wanted to go, you think they would explore any sign & trades where they weren't raping the other team?

    Look what the Raptors alone were trying to do for Bosh? Imagine Cleveland for LeBron James.

    Rashard Lewis? Jameer Nelson? what are you guys thinking, seriously....

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    I think going to NY or the Clippers would have been the best move with Chicago in the mix after that. I don't think people would have complained much if he went to any of those 3 teams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JordansBulls View Post
    I think going to NY or the Clippers would have been the best move with Chicago in the mix after that. I don't think people would have complained much if he went to any of those 3 teams.
    This!!!

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    Orlando could have played Lebron at PF next to Howard..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordansBulls View Post
    I think going to NY or the Clippers would have been the best move with Chicago in the mix after that. I don't think people would have complained much if he went to any of those 3 teams.
    Of course you are right.

    The most fans on this board are in LA, NY, and Chicago... so one of the 3 headed monsters would not be complaining.

    With him going to Miami all 3 are complaining. The fans from the 3 biggest cities in the US are all complaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beasted86 View Post
    If we are throwing teams who were in the top 5 in luxury tax into the LeBron sweepstakes, why not the Celtics? Why not LeBron to the Lakers? If the Cavs were willing to take trash, why not Richard Jefferson straight up sign & trade for LeBron going to the Spurs? Considering their current record, with LeBron they are what? 75-7?

    This topic is somewhat pointless.
    Great point.

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