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.
You don’t need the spotlight of the big city. Everybody — all the people and sponsors in the world, already know you are King James.
You’ve already got the money and power to buy Antarctica and rename it Jamestown if you want.
What you have now is a chance to shock the NBA and the planet by coming to Utah, proving you are without question your own man, and making history. No one would see it coming.
It would be like a surprise party for the whole world.
We could even have you announce it live on TV and call it
the Choice? The Resolution? What’s another name that could dramatically describe someone announcing a big decision?
Anyway, we’ll think of something; and people will eat it up.
You will go from King James to Emperor LeBron.
Utahns will even call you Brother.
What is there to say except yes?
Shoot me a reply outlining who else you want on the roster with you. Also, let me know what you’d like the arena called, where you want your statue, and whether you prefer King James Road, Street, or Avenue.
Let’s make this happen.
By the way, Gail Miller just walked by my office and wanted me to tell you that if she had a nickel for everyone in the world as wonderful as you, she’d have five cents.
Randy Rigby wants to know if you’re tired because he says you’ve been running through his mind all day.
Quin Snyder says he’s not a photographer but he can picture you and him together.
Derrick Favors just declared that you must be religious because you’re the answer to his prayers.
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But remember, the most important words were those spoken in 1847 when a visionary man pondered your future, looked over our valley, and proclaimed, more or less: “This is the place for LeBron.”
So let it be written. So let it be done.
Best regards times infinity,
Nate Gagon is an opinion columnist featured by the Deseret News, and writes a regular sports feature called Utah Sports Ruckus. He shoots roughly 94 percent from the free-throw line and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @nategagon.