4) Bulls Don’t Sign LeBron
At the time, this was pretty devastating. Then it became offensive, and finally became a really good thing. Had LeBron James signed with the Bulls, it would have immediately become ‘LeBron’s Team’. It would be the same as a rich kid moving to a new city and getting the house to himself, the cars and the money even though someone already lives there. This is Derrick Rose’s team and the mantle has been passed on to him. Had LeBron come to town, Rose would have taken a backseat after everything Chicago has gone through to get him and make him what he is in Chicago.
Who knows how this would have ended up with Rose and the rest of the team. It’s hard to think that a player just months before that you absolutely hated with every fiber in your body is now a teammate you have to get along with. Maybe it would have worked out but the Bulls would have been owned by LeBron, rather than the other way around. It would have been LeBron’s team on LeBron’s terms and that’s not the Bulls. Not only did it probably save the Bulls a lot of headaches, it also saved them a lot of money.