Last November I wrote about the long shot possibility that the Bulls could sign LeBron James in the much talked-about summer of 2010.
It’s still very possible that it won’t happen and I’m trying to keep my hopes and expectations separate from each other. Do I hope LeBron joins the Bulls? It would be my favorite sports moment since Jordan’s shot against the Jazz. Do I expect him to? Well, that’s a different story.
There has been a huge shift in all the LeBron talk since the Cavaliers were eliminated by the Celtics last week. And that shift has pointed to the Bulls as a very possible destination for James.
Here are some examples of what’s been said recently:
- Apparently LeBron called Derrick Rose after the Celtics beat the Cavs. Apparently he praised Rose’s game, the team, and said he’d like to play together. Not sure what this means, but it can’t feel good to Cavs fans.
- An ESPN radio personality tweeted that members of LeBron’s entourage were seen wearing Bulls gear at a party in Ohio.
- You have these “experts” weighing in. And this one. A year ago the talk was mostly New York or staying in Cleveland. SHIFT.
- Decision makers around the NBA are expressing their thoughts that LeBron will be a Bull.
- Columns like these from national writers (and local writers) are becoming more and more frequent.
- Lastly, and I’ll understand if this is received with skepticism, there are a lot of rumors that LeBron was looking at houses in Highland Park yesterday. WGN Radio’s Justin Weiner reported it on his Twitter page.
Remember that all of this has happened within the last week or so.
Do I think it’s going to happen? I’ll believe (or BULLieve, if you wish) it when I see it. But clearly there’s some legitimacy to it. This is no longer pie-in-the-sky silliness. This could be a reality.