GM for a Day: LeBron or D-Rose

7/29/13 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Play GM for one second. You are about to become the newest addition to the NBA general manager fraternity and you are faced with quite the decision on your first day: Who do you pry from a pool of LeBron James, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant? What factors do you weigh most heavily in your decision? And how did you arrive at that decision so you can not only explain it to your owner, but also your loyal season ticket holders, sponsors and fan base? 

Lets weigh the positives and negatives: 

1) LeBron: Through the first seven seasons of his career, LeBron made one Finals appearance (a 4-0 sweep at the hands of the Spurs) and led the Cavaliers to a franchise record 66 wins in the 2008 season. He was also the most highly touted superstar to enter the NBA draft in the last two decades. He was the consensus #! overall pick and was thought to be the savior of a franchise, nay, a city that has endured so much hurt in their sports history. 

After failing to build a contender around him through those seven seasons, LeBron chose to leave the Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the fourth quarter of game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sportsdestitute lands of Cleveland and land in Miami, to become the leader of a team that already had a champion in Dwyane Wade and a proven star big-man in Chris Bosh.  James has quickly blossomed into the top overall talent in the league - and he has shown now signs of slowing down.  in fact, in each season since relocating to South Beach, he has shown us just how much better he is still getting.

However, at a certain point, Lebron will choose his financial business career over risking tarnishing his image for a second time after The Decision.  Will that come in the next 5 years? Will he instantly retire once (fine, IF) he has won 6 championships? Or will he play for that elusive 7th? LeBron is highly marketable, very good with the press and the most popular player on the planet. How can you go wrong?!
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7/29/13   |   Scott   |   54581 respect

To me, the injuries to Derrick Rose eliminate him from this conversation.  If we are talking Durant versus King James, I'm taking the proven playoff commodity of the King.