The Cleveland Cavaliers landed LeBron James — the best basketball player on the face of the earth — in free agency this summer but that apparently doesn’t make them the best team in the East.
According to Magic Johnson, Pau Gasol is a better pickup than LeBron James — or at least that’s what his logic seems to be but putting the Chicago Bulls above the Cleveland Cavaliers in his updated ranking of Eastern Conference teams following free agency.
With all the moves being made in NBA Free Agency the Top 4 teams in the East are: 1. Bulls 2. Cavs 3. Pacers 4. Wizards
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 14, 2014
Let’s be fair to the Bulls — as I’m a Bulls fan and the signing of Pau Gasol indeed makes the Bulls a legitimate force int he East to run with things. But let’s not pretend that LeBron is stepping back into the 2009-10 Cleveland Cavaliers roster that drove him out of town because this team is much better than the Bulls and nay other Cleveland team LeBron has been on.
Cleveland has a great new head coach, solid defensive assets and a point guard who can stand for three seconds without having his ACL rip to shreds. The point is, the Bulls are title contenders, but so to are the Cavaliers — they’re just better than people think.
You can buy LeBron but you apparently can’t buy any love if you’re the Cavaliers in the NBA this summer.