"LeBron shouldn't have left Cleveland. Magic didn't have to leave. Bird didn't have to leave."
Why would they leave when they themselves landed on ready-made teams? Yet we don't invalidate their titles for that. We consider them some of the greatest to ever put a basketball in their hands.
Superstars don't come to Cleveland. They don't go to Sacramento or Milwaukee. Superstars go to New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.
When was the last time Los Angeles got into a free agency battle with Portland and lost. How about New York losing a free agent to Indiana.
Location absolutely matters and who you play with matters. As great as LeBron is and was, no one was coming to Cleveland when other superstars are in Chicago and Miami.
These are facts.