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LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:19 pm
LeBron James says that the Chicago Bulls are "one player away" from an NBA championship. Posted by Ben Golliver.


When your house has ants, you call an exterminator. When your laptop won't start, you turn to the Geek Squad. When you want to build an NBA championship contending core? Well, obviously, you consult Miami Heat forward LeBron James. 

James, having bailed the Cleveland Cavaliers to team up with Heat star Dwyane Wade and former Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh, is looking like an expert on that subject these days as the Heat prepare to begin the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. 

After the Heat eliminated the Bulls from the Eastern Conference finals, the Chicago Tribune reports that James delivered a message to Chicago point guard Derrick Rose.
Before getting caught up in celebrating his team's series-clinching victory over the Bulls on Thursday night, Heat star LeBron James embraced Reggie Rose, Derrick's older brother, and whispered a few words in Reggie's ear.

"He said, 'Tell young fella he's a hell of a player and that he's one player away from a title,''' Reggie Rose said, relaying James' message.
James brings this advice knowing what has helped pushed him over the top but also having just picked apart the Bulls. 

Really, we should read this as a philosophical declaration. James doesn't mean that Rose and the Bulls just need a solid shooting two-guard to fill out the rotation. He means that Chicago needs to add another star -- a player that can supplement Rose and push Carlos Boozer down to third wheel status where he belongs.

James is simply serving as a prosthletizer here: "I know your pain. I have walked in your shoes. Follow me to the Superteam light."

And, of course, there might also be a tinge of: "Look man, you're going to need some help if you expect to beat us."

Hat tip: Pro Basketball Talk

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:35 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

He is young, immature and hasn;t won ANYTHING yet. I also don't buy all the "acting" with the fun loving guy thing - the dancing around....he's kind of a spoiled brat with a big head
Wow! You know LeBron James? Please, please, please get me his autograph the next time your chilling with him and getting to know him so well.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:32 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

Boltfan - 2 different things debated here. far as me being someone to tell him not to go to Miami...I didn't say he SHOULDN'T go. He just shouldn't have gone under those circumstances (teaming up with Wade and Bosh). You can't compare anyone else's everday life with an athlete. That is just stupid. They COMPETE for living. The respect they earn is for their skill AND THE ABILITY TO LEAD A TEAM TO A CHAMPIONSHIP. Part 2 is why he loses credibility. He could not take a team that drafted him and lead them to a championship. I am not saying that Cleveland did everything they could to help him out...BUT it's not like he went to a different team that was struggling and he helped "build them up". He's buying a championship. It's very similar to what Steinbrenner and the Yankees do. They basically do it the easy way rather than earning it. It's fun for you Heat fans - but it screws the rest of the league. Why do you think everyone hates him and the Heat? Do you think everyone just decided to hate them one day????

Second, my origninal thought was that at this juncture of his career he is not some wise old NBA soul that is qualified to give players advice. He plays this rols of some fun loving guy who dances around "for the love of the game" and it's B.S. It's an act - no more than Brett Favre was some "Aw shucks good old boy....". James hasn;t done anything - he needs to humble up first and quit acting like a spoiled brat before he starts playing old school vet teaching the young guys something.

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:28 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

Actually the Bulls could be 1 1/2 player away considering the Shaq's little brother Carlos Boozer didn't contribute much this season considering his Shaq-like efforts to be on the floor to help his teammates. Down with the King!

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:25 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

Ha-Ha-Ha! Maybe the Heatles are one player away as well since they haven't been proclaimed champions of the NBA in 2011. I think Dallas will have a lot to say about that and will indeed have LeCon humming the same tune this summer about being one player away and dreaming about how he'd wish to be back with the Cavaliers. Ok, guys!! Just kidding.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:20 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

  Thank you Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Bob Cousy and  Jerry West.

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:04 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

OK. All u armchair players and haters. LeBron has earned his status in the NBA.  Like it or not.  The man talks the talk and backs it up with his walk. He is is the MAN in the NBA right now like other players were in their days, such as Jordan.  Quit bitching and enjoy the game.  Cause he brings it. I'm not even a Heat fan,  but I do no the truth when I see it.   Peace.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:02 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

One quick question for you and the rest that have a problem with LBJ leaving after his 7 years in Cleveland.
Who in the hell are you to down another man for choosing what he wants to do with his life????

Easy way out?  Then you are saying that the Heat didnt need to put in those countless hours of practice to get to where they are. Tell that to the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls. I'm sure they will like knowing they wasted their time trying to beat a team that is so talented that practice is not needed.(sarcasim)]

Then you are saying that LBJ is that dam good that his shit dont stink.
 Simple way to solve this problem would be to mind your own dam business when it comes to others making better life decisions for themself and their family. I'm sure you dont consult him on your choices in life.

I know I know  those wonderfull 5 months of smudge and cold air is much better than those 11 months of pure sunshine and vaction weather. How dare he take paradise living over that wonderfull Cleveland weather. The LBJ hate more pathetic than the fuel storms caused by the media.

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 5:57 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

Will people stop hating on Lebron already, unless you're a cav fan he did nothing to you. He is NOT a spoiled brat! In fact, he's far from it. He has more drive to win than anyone in the NBA- it's not all about a paycheck like a lot of others. You could see how much when he needed to take a moment to collect himself after beating the celtics in game 5. He has so much heart for the game, and you can tell it's genuine. I'm not even a heat fan, I'm for the celtics all the way, but these two teams in the finals really deserve it, each has had more than it's fair share of playoff struggles (considering the talent levels). Best of luck!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 5:52 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

whats the Big deal of what he said..

he is right, they are 1 solid scoring threat away, if they had that this year over bogan their in the Finals and not the heat..

 what i find more disturbing is the fact he whispered such statement in someone ear and its all over the News..

Did D.rose brother reggie go run and tell everyone what lebron whispered to him ..

i just find it interesting on how whispers and private conversations get front page news so fast.. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 5:46 pm

LeBron James to Rose: Bulls are 'one player away'

Secondly, he stayed with Cleveland for what, 7 years? And he didn't win anything. 

Neither did Michael Jordan.

I mean, everyone says that Jordan didn't jump ship, and instead brought a championship to his team. That may be true, but he didnt have to jump ship. He was given enough talent to be able to win. This is something Cleveland never really did.

True to some degree, but that is not the Cavs fans fault. Jordan constantly ran into Detroit and Cleveland in the playoffs and it took a while but he finally broke through. It's hard to say where the Cavs would have went, but no one can deny that James took the easy way out.

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