LeBron James is considered one of the greatest players of all time and was very close to joining the Chicago Bulls in the summer of 2010. The Bulls had a pretty great team heading into the 2010-11 season, with players like Derek Rose, Joachim Noah, Lul Deng, Carlos Boozer and more. This team managed to finish first in the East that season but you have to wonder, what if LeBron joined this team?
With LeBron on his way out of Cleveland and into free agency. Every team in the league was behind the generational star. The Bulls were part of the LeBron James lottery. Even though he signed with Miami, I don’t think people realized how good the chance of the Bulls landing the star was.
During the The Knuckleheads podcast with former NBA players Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles, Dwyane Wade explained that a collaboration with LeBron, Rose, and Noah on the Bulls was on the table.
“We loved the city of Chicago. It’s a great market too. Obviously, the sunny Miami sun is great, too. We had two great options. It very much boils down to what we felt we could build.”
Looking back at what it could have roughly been, it’s puzzling to think about what the Chicago Bulls could have accomplished in the past two years. Considering that the Bulls have not appeared in the World Cup finals since the era of Jordan. Bulls fans loved seeing LeBron in a Chicago Bulls uniform and wouldn’t have come alone, as Chicago had enough room that summer to sign two top-tier free agents, including Wade or Chris Bosh.
LeBron James had made direct contenders for the Chicago Bulls Championship.
If “The Decision” has landed for the Chicago Bulls, I think there may have been several championship bids over the past decade. The amount of talent already on the roster and the addition of several super players would have brought the Bulls over the edge. Obviously the bulls will have to give up several pieces on their original roster but if a tournament is in play you’ll have to do whatever it takes.
It is exciting to think of the endless possibilities of what could have been. The fact that the Bulls were so close to potentially changing the trajectory of their franchise still rubs some front office executives the wrong way to this day.
In the end, it turned out to be the best career decision for LeBron and others. Bulls fans have been blessed enough to witness the height of Derek Rose and the Bulls who have shown a lot of fighting throughout the season. I’m sure Bulls fans would have enjoyed celebrating a lot of championships in 2010 but they have a lot to look forward to next season. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chicago gets its much-anticipated championship parade.