â€śIf you will it, it is no dream.â€ť
Written in 1902 by Theodor Herzl, these eight words served as a rallying cry for an entire people seeking its own homeland.
For men like Herzl â€“ the â€śfather of modern-day Zionism â€“ it was the dream of a new nation-state he could call â€śhome.â€ť But for me, itâ€™s the dream of rooting for an NBA champion. Check that â€“ multiple NBA champion.
Thanks to recent NBA playoff events, my dream of a new Chicago Bulls dynasty isnâ€™t far from reality. It is in â€świll-ingâ€ť distance.
And itâ€™s very simple. Sign LeBron James.
An acquisition of that magnitude could change the landscape of basketball â€“ for years. It would re-energize an entire city. Jamesâ€™ summer signing would even make Chicagoans forget about the Cubsâ€™ latest struggles.
We were present for the greatest â€ś23â€ť ever. Now, we may bear witness to the next best â€ś23,â€ť â€“ err, â€ś6.â€ť
So listen up Jerry Reinsdorf, John Paxson and Gar Forman. And listen good:
But here it is. Hereâ€™s your chance. Youâ€™ve cleared the cap space. You even have some talent. Derrick Rose is one of the best young guards in the league. Joakim Noah is a top-flight rebounder, and certainly one of the peskiest players in the NBA. You fired your head coach Vinny Del Negro, claiming he couldnâ€™t take this team to â€śthe next level.â€ť
How do you get there? Try adding the most dominating player in the NBA.
The Bulls could not have asked for a better sequence of events. The Cavaliers, once a heavy post-season favorite, are suddenly out of the playoffs. Jamesâ€™s supporting staff looked shockingly suspect. And so did LeBron â€“ leading some to wonder if he quit on his team.
Does that bother me? Sure. Do I think heâ€™ll learn from this experience? I hope so.
Will securing the two-time MVP be easy? Of course not.
Youâ€™ll have to compete with the bright lights of New York and Los Angeles. Youâ€™ll have to keep LeBronâ€™s buddy, Jay-Z, from luring him to Brooklyn. But the most difficult task will be dissuading a loyal man from remaining in the place heâ€™s called home for 25 years.
But you can do it. Splice together a Rose highlight package. Hire Phil Jackson. Hellâ€¦bring back public address announcer Ray Clay. Whatever it takes.
Then take him outside the United Centerâ€™s front doors. Stop in front of a certain statue. Remind him about what greatness meant to the city of Chicago and what it could mean again.
I will it. The city wills it. Now itâ€™s time for team management.
If you will it, Chicago Bulls, this dream could become one thrilling reality.