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Ozzie talks LeBron and Chicago

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we-are-all-witnesses-lebron-james-546522_1024_768.jpgKANSAS CITY, Mo. - The "Summer of LeBron'' isn't just captivating to the entire NBA world.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen made his feelings about the Blackhawks very obvious throughout their Stanley Cup run, and on Wednesday, gave his opinions on where free agent LeBron James should opt to play.
"Chicago,'' Guillen responded, without hesitation. "C'mon LeBron, please. New York, too many people in New York. New York, nobody will care about him. He's just another guy in town. He's not going to be bigger than Derek Jeter. So he's No. 2 now. Maybe No. 3 behind [Jorge] Posada, then [Mariano] Rivera.''
Guillen lives in Miami in the offseason, and used to have season tickets to Heat games. Even with his home there, however, he gave the thumbs down on joining Miami.
"Miami, there are too many tourists there,'' Guillen said. "People go to Miami games on and off. Chicago is a real sports city.''
As far as James staying in Cleveland?
"That's his call,'' Guillen said. "I think Chicago will be very good for him. You want to see something very nice, you win in Chicago. There are a lot of special things. You win in New York, people are like, 'Alright, so, we got 26 championships in baseball.' You win in Chicago that's something special. Ask the Blackhawks, ask the White Sox.
"You win there, you're special. Half the '85 Bears are dead, and they're still rooting for them. Every '85 Bear goes out and eats for free every day.''

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I love Ozzie. He never gets old to me.

Well, I normally don't like what Ozzie has to say. But, this time his words warm my heart and are right on target. Chicago people aren't used to championships and the fans deserve a bit more of success from their teams thatn they have been getting. Ozzie sure is a great ambassador for Jerry Reinsdorf. Thanks for at least making me smile and feel good about what just might be the beginning of something great in Chicago.

Kobe has to laugh his ass off at all this breathless LeBron watching as he polishes his back to back Championship rings.

LOOK I'M A DIE HARD BULLS FAN AND IF L.JAMES CAME TO CHICAGO IT WOULD BE THE GREATEST THINK TO HAPPEN FOR THE BULLS SENCE M.JORDAN HE CAN PLAY ON THE SAME COURT AS THE GREATEST PLAYER WHO PLAYED THE GAME AND FOR TEAM THAT IS WELL LOVED I HOPE HE SEES THE LIGHT AND COMES TO CHICAGO AND HE'LL PLAY WIT D.ROSE THE BEST YOUNG PLAYER IN THE NBA IT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE IF HE CAME TO CHICAGO

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