Some solace for Cleveland fans: At least your team isn't the Clippers
They were once candidates to get the King, just as
The Los Angeles Clippers met with
But were they ever true contenders? Was there ever an actual chance of the King coming to be a second banana in La-La Land?
No. Of course not.
The Clippers are the Clippers. Which means, were James to have somehow been persuaded to sign with
But, for a moment, let's give the Clippers credit in that -- midway through the NBA's summer of insanity -- they made an actual move. As the Heat landed James,
A little more.
... signed two marginal free agents and hired a coach.
But not just any coach.
Prior to the 2008-09 season,
Under Del Negro, the Bulls played mediocre defense and undisciplined offense, took too many of bad shots and mangled countless in-bound passes. They went through lengthy stretches of apparent indifference, and players seemed to take turns ignoring their coach's timeout talks in favor of the lovable Luvabulls.
In other words: The Clippers have the perfect man for the job.
So how will this play out? As it always does in Clipper Land, predictably bad ...