Uh-oh: LeBron chooses the Bulls' division

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Bad enough that the Bulls couldn’t get past LeBron James in the Eastern Conference.

Now they won’t get past him in the Central Division, either.

Beep, beep, drive home safely.

James made his choice Friday and made his announcement far classier than last time. He told Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins that he’s “coming home’’ to Cleveland, which immediately makes the Cavaliers the favorite in the conference and division the Bulls play in.

If Indiana isn’t totally a cuckoo’s nest, then the Bulls are only third in the Central, at best.

You can argue that the Pacers are crazy and spineless and done, but you have no idea how Derrick Rose is going to come back. And you don’t know for how long.

You also have no idea what Nikola Mirotic is and whether Doug McDermott can play for Tom Thibodeau.

Carmelo Anthony would change things. Yes, I’m playing Capt. Obvious here. But Anthony wouldn’t make the Bulls better than any team James plays for.

We haven’t heard from Carmelo, which means the Bulls aren’t totally screwed. We also haven’t heard whether the Cavs have acquired Kevin Love, which means there might be some Plan B hope.

But if past is prologue, uh-oh. The Bulls didn’t make a play for James. They made a big one for Anthony. They showed an interest in Love, and it’s entirely reasonable to suspect they could go 0-for-3 this summer, which would make it hockey season in the United Center.


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