This has become interesting to me, but not in the sense that I thought even I'd expect.
The drama is overblown and I'm starting to hate on the whole situation in general. I'm losing respect for LeBron as we go along but I think he's giving the NBA exactly what Stern and the league want - anyone thought about baseball or football since the NBA championships ended? Nope, all about the NBA and the free agents, mostly LeBron. So from a marketing standpoint, kudos to them. But from a "I'm more important than God", though it hasn't been said, the whole thing is nauseating. Sign a contract, let the team hype it and be done with it. Humility, however, seems out of the question these days.
So Miami - good shot there with Wade and Bosh but I'm not sure they need LeBron to win to be honest. They've got a good inside/outside punch as of now and honestly I'm not convinced LeBron wouldn't screw that up by thinning the possessions out too much. The Heat need some role players and I think they're set. Who out of Bosh/James/Wade steps out of the limelight and plays the humble role player like happened with the Celtics? Certainly not James and how does that sit with the other two?
Honestly, if he really cares about winning and having a "legacy", I think Chicago is probably the best place for that.
I don't know about that Brian. Even if he wins a bunch of titles isn't Chicago still going to be Michal Jordan's town and the Bulls utlimately always his team? With Boozer and Rose I think there's a good shot at championships there for sure but I don't know if he overcomes Jordan's legacy.
New York could be doable with a quasi-twin towers thing with Stoudemire. But who else is there? Though New York may ultimately continue to build around that if he goes there I see titles being not much easier than in Cleveland but the city would certainly fit his ego which might be a big determining factor as well.
The biggest surprise to me is Cleveland? Doncha think you should have maybe gone after some of these other free agents as well? Miami already sort of had Wade but didn't sit on their laurels waiting for LeBron(or Wade or Bosh) to just m agically sign on. Cleveland seems to be going with the family/loyalty/heart strings approach and not much else. The Cavs lost in the semis to a bunch of old men (mostly) and clearly Clevaland needs another body or two and if you want to have a hope of competing with a Miami with Bosh/Wade shouldn't you have gone after someone too? It looks like Cleveland either wins with LeBron staying, a moral victory but no closer to a title, so why the lack of effort with others? I mean if LeBron leaves you're going to have a lot of cap room to sign exactly who?