Utah Sports Ruckus: Dear King James, this is the place

By Nate Gagon

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, June 24 2014 8:00 a.m. MDT

Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in Miami, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. James says he's going on vacation with his family before making any decisions about his future. The Miami Heat held their season-wrap up team meeting on Tuesday afternoon and one of the biggest questions is about the future of the roster. James could become a free agent in a couple of weeks and the four-time MVP says he still has not thought about his plans.

Alan Diaz, Associated Press

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Columnist's note: The purpose of this column is to provide text that Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey can copy and paste into an e-mail to free agent LeBron James.

Dear King James,

Let me start by saying that you are easily the greatest basketball player of all time; and the best looking. You are also the smartest, most charming, best dressed, and last but not least, the most saintly.

I’ve actually been meaning to ask — did it hurt … when you fell from heaven?

I wish you were my son … or my brother … or my dad … anything really — I just wish we were related somehow.

You’re the best, man.

The kids look up to you; the ladies want to be with you; and the men want to be you. At least that’s how everybody in the Jazz organization feels about it.

Seriously, Greg Miller wears your jersey under his suit. Kevin O’ Connor wears it to bed. I have it tattooed on my chest.

To say we love you would be like saying the universe is big.

LeBron, in Utah we have an attraction called “This is the Place” monument. It’s called that because back in 1847 as the pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, their leader stopped and boldly proclaimed those very words. I believe this was because for a moment he saw into the future — your future — to the summer of 2014 when you would again be a free agent, and he had a clear premonition that this time you would come to Salt Lake City.

Thus he looked over the valley and stated: “This is the place.”

The Jazz, with King James, can win NBA championships. I’m not thinking just one or two either. I’m thinking more like four, five, six, seven. … I’m not even going to put a cap on it.

People said Kevin Durant was the MVP last year, but that was just because he was in that sweet "Thunderstruck" movie and you had already won so many. To the Jazz, you were the MVP. You always were and always will be.

So, here’s what I’m envisioning in Utah for the foreseeable future: a starting five of LeBron James, Kevin Love, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Kyle Lowry. What do you think?

Or, if you want other guys instead, just let us know. We’ll make it happen. We have a lot of cap room and a whole bunch of trade ammunition, including valuable draft picks and a plethora of young talent.

Let’s build a championship roster together. If you set the trend by coming here, other guys will follow.

Now, that’s not all.

We all know that King James is a family man — we’ve seen the commercials — and sir there are no better states with NBA franchises to raise a family than Utah.

We understand why you didn’t choose us four years ago and there are no hard feelings; but now you’re older and even wiser than you were then. You’re pushing 30, and it’s all about family, community and legacy for you now.

There’s no NBA fan base that deserves a championship more than ours. We’re known to have one of the loudest, most passionate, loyal and knowledgeable fan bases in the league.

In Utah, we know about legacy and tradition: Stockton and Malone; Sloan; Ostertag; NBA finals drama; the nickname Horny.

By bringing your talents to South Temple and winning titles you will cement your legacy as the best ever, proving that not only could you win in Miami with the Big 3 — you were so superior and so secure that you could go to Utah and win too.

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