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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: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:57 pm

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

footballplayer and montsho - the things that James said are not incorrect. I just don't think HE needs to be the one saying them. He wants to act like the old school ball player who has been through it all and won several championships...dishing out advice to the newcomers. Whatever...he's made a joke of himeself by selling out of Cleveland and conspiring with Wade and Bosh to form their little super trio and the joke of a TV special to announce his "decision". Add to the fact that really up until this last series with the Bulls he has been a notorious choker. Makes me sick that the media acts as though he is some accomplished ball player showing the young kids how it's done. He may be a great basketball player, but I just hope Rose NEVER turns out like him.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:33 pm
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Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:18 pm

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

It does not take an idiot to figure out that the Bull need a good shooting guard. Sadly the NBA free agents for point guards seems to be a little on the slim side. Look at the pickings.
Jamal Crawford and Jason Richardson are unrestricted free agents.    One of the Denver Nuggets  shooting guards Aaron Affalo or Jr smith. will hit the open market and Marcus Thornton seem to the top the list. the best part is most of them are mid level contract players so they won't break the Bulls banks.
Sad to say Ronnie Brewer just does not cut it.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:59 pm

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

Lebron is right on with this comment. It was not intended for public consumption and was the right thing to say after the series.

Geez did I just right something positive about Lebron? Don't worry- won't happen often.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:39 pm

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

I've hounded LeBron James this entire season for what he did, but now, people are just looking to attack him.

Do I believe LeBron's the best player in the league? No....he still has yet to be on the level of Kobe Bryant.
Is he MVP? No....that's Derrick Rose
Do I dislike him? Oh yeah, and that was before the whole "decision" mess. Anyone who dances on the court during a basketball game is showing absolutely no respect.

But is he wrong? Is what he said here out of line? Is he trying to degrade Rose? No, No, and No, and that's also acknowledging that James isn't a champion yet and may not win one.

Maybe he is encouraging more players to form all-star teams, maybe he's trying to change the landscape of the NBA, I don't know. But even though he serves as a great bad guy right now, let's not jump all over his back for comments that are perfectly legit. I still dislike the guy, but there's nothing wrong with what he said.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:20 pm

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

Wow....How does it go from some whispered words of encouragement to Roses brother to "Lebron James says he should be the Bulls new GM"?  All the guy did is give some encouragement and respect to a dynamic young player in Rose.  Now everyone is going to say that Lebron thinks hes God.   News flash...everyone said the exact same thing when the playoffs first started.  It was kind of obvious from the first series.  I am surprised that the Bulls made it as far as they did before Rose burned out.  A testament to how good he is.  There is no shame in needing some help.  No one ...No one becomes successful all by themselves.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:12 pm

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

like tiger before him now lebron is god the best athelete walking the earth today. the self indulging pompous ass "king james" who will need two other stars one his equal who already one a championship, but has been cast away for the king just like his self indulging, self praised  notification to the world where he was going. lebron close you mouthe and just play ball. WHY he had to make it like their is no one above him from his decision to know, oh yeah its always about lebron, nothing else matters. the media personel are a joke, there are other stories that dont involve lebron. report them.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:36 pm

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

Yea. Who cares what Mr. Haven't won anything yet thinks. And it is true...Rose needs help. James got his help...Bennet Salvatore and Scott Foster.

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:24 pm

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

Why does everything James said get over-analysed and eventually interpretted in a bad way? Even his consolation words? Isn't that what EVERYBODY has been saying all series long? That Rose needs help? Why is it when James says it, it's: Oh look, the "expert" is talking!

Doesn't deserve a separate article in my opinion..

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:18 pm

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

the bulls should make a play for d. howard..

boozer and noah for howard 

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