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Spoelstra: Bosh is probably most important player

Posted on: January 22, 2011 4:18 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 4:21 pm
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says forward Chris Bosh is "probably" the team's most important player. Posted by Ben Golliver. miami-heat

Say this about Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: He did an admirable job of weathering the early-season calls for his job, and while he constantly looks disgusted when the Heat lose, he has yet to show much fear. Today we have another example of that fearlessness, and God help him if someone shows these quotes to LeBron James

In a lengthy Q & A focused on his use of statistical analysis with, Spoelstra responded to a question about the team's plus/minus numbers by saying that forward Chris Bosh is "probably" the team's "most important player."
"He is probably our most important player, especially early on in the season. He's our crutch. He's our bail-out. We're able to run the offense through him and facilitate ball movement through him, easier than anything else we do.
"It's because of his skill set and because we can play our high-post offense through him, with our cuts and movement. We can play him out of the low post with cuts and movement. And we can get into our normal pick-and-roll game, either by running it with him and throwing the ball back to him; or running a pick-and-roll with somebody else, rolling that guy, and replacing with him.

"So there's so many different things we can do where the ball ends up in his hands, and it will facilitate another action. That's why, offensively, he's had the biggest impact. It's really been understated how important he's been to making this whole thing work."
Bosh is generally regarded as the distant third wheel on the Heat, trailing James and Dwyane Wade in terms of importance. So far this season, Bosh and James have virtually identical plus/minus ratings, so it's not really about that statistic specifically. Instead, Spoelstra's statements are fairly pragmatic, as he notes Bosh's two-way play, versatility and the role of a agile big-man in a guard-dominated lineup. 

Really, the best case for Bosh's importance stems from Miami's lack of frontcourt depth. If you lose Bosh, you're empty up front (or have to try to play James in the post). If you lose James or Wade, you still have the other one. 

To be clear: I'm not saying I agree with Spoelstra's argument or the idea that Bosh is more important because he's less replaceable, but the arguments are out there to be made. I'd take James before Bosh on an "importance" scale without a second thought. Wade would make my pause long enough to request that he improve his shot selection, but still, if given the option, I'd opt for conventional wisdom and take Wade before Bosh as well, plus/minus be damned.

Man alive, it takes some stones for Spoelstra to play the contrarian in public, knowing James' understanding of his own self-importance. He's the "King," Mr. Spoelstra. By his own definition and entire life self-construction, James is always -- always -- the most important.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 1:11 am

Spoelstra: Bosh is probably most important player

I'd have to agree with Spo on this one. Especially if winning a championship is the goal. Wade and Lebron are both wing players that are proven to be able to carry a team on their backs and are arguably interchangeable.  If Bosh goes down so does any chance of winning a title for Miami.  He can play in the low and high post and is a match up problem for most teams.They would get eaten alive on the inside by every playoff team.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:32 pm

Spoelstra: Bosh is probably most important player

Chris Bosh is one of the most understated and smart current All-Pro NBA players. He understands his role perfectly in Miami. He's voiced his motivation many times over; he's a Heat player so that he can compete for multiple NBA Championships. He's also a humble individual. He has never griped about Coach Spo or the way he's being utilized in the offense and defence. Look up the word "class" and you will find Chris Bosh, the complete team player. Whereas Lebron James and even Dwyane Wade need several touches to get mentally in the game, Bosh is always in the right position and mind set to have the offense turn to him at a moment's notice. 

More players should be like Chris Bosh, both, on and off the court. 

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2011 9:57 pm

Spoelstra: Bosh is probably most important player

I think that commment was to boost boshs ego since hes been whinning and bitching and left out of the media hype of the big 3....thats just my guess, but i also think the heat would trade bosh for a point guard--either nash or davis or even never know...

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2011 11:01 pm

Spoelstra: Bosh is probably most important player

Wade led the Heat to nba title as their number one guy, and yes he had shaq but an aging old shaq
Yeah, an aging Shaq who averaged 20ppg and 9rpg that season. Can't believe Wade won a  championship with that, it was all Wade. Hopefully you sense the sarcasm.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2011 7:18 pm

Spoelstra: Bosh is probably most important player

Ha ha, after Lebron had his flunkies passive-aggressively spread rumors about Spoelstra's ineffective coaching earlier this year, Spoelstra finally fires back passive-aggressively. Kudos.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2011 7:13 pm

Spoelstra: Bosh is probably most important player

Ho is Lebron the most important? Wade led the Heat to nba title as their number one guy, and yes he had shaq but an aging old shaq. Lebron has a lot to prove before he can be considered the most important player on the Heat. So far Lebron has been Robin to Wade's Batman. 

Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2011 6:58 pm

Spoelstra: Bosh is probably most important player

LeBron James is the most important player. Now LBJ will now have him fired and his family starved. No one steals the Queens thunder...NO ONE.

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