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Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

Posted on: June 16, 2011 6:52 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 7:16 pm
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh explains why he cried following the 2011 NBA Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver. chris-bosh-tears

It was one of the most memorable scenes of the 2011 NBA Finals.

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh collapsed to his knees in the tunnel following his team's Game 6 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, forced to use his arms to brace himself against the ground as his body seemingly gave out. Soon after, he was shown wiping his face as he walked through the tunnel. Teammate Erick Dampier had his arm around Bosh's waist to help him balance. One video of Bosh's reaction drew more than 600,000 views on YouTube.

The Miami Herald reports that Bosh says he was as overwhelmed by the Heat's loss as he looked on videotape.
The air gushed out of Bosh, and he fainted to the floor. It wasn’t so much a letdown as a crash.

“I haven’t experienced that pain in a very long time,” Bosh said. “To be so close and work so hard and come up short, it just got to me. It took over me.

“I’m not an emotional guy. I couldn’t help it. I got it out of me and feel a lot better.”

The scene will endure for years for a unique combination of reasons. One: the obvious symbolism of Miami falling apart in the Finals, collapsing under the pressure to lose the final three games. Two: because Bosh is such a maligned and polarizing figure. Three: outward expressions of emotion are rare in sports and almost always kept in private. 

Four, and perhaps most important: because Bosh's reaction -- the loss consuming him -- was so different from the reactions offered by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who did their best to remain stonefaced and emotionally distant after their first season together ended in failure.

Extending that thought, did Bosh invest himself more deeply in this Finals than James or Wade? His failures weren't a matter of effort. Rather, the Heat struggled to maximize his offensive potential and weren't able to consistently keep him involved. He bears responsibility for that, but he shares that with Miami's ballhandlers and coach Erik Spoelstra, too.

James and Wade, though, went out with a composed facade, but they also went out without really swinging. All the "back against the wall" talk evaporated as the Mavericks pulled away in Game 6, on Miami's home floor to boot. In Bosh's tears, it's reasonable to see someone that tried and failed, his best not good enough. James' and Wade's blankness, in conjunction with their flat play late in the series, raises the question of whether we can say the same thing about them.


Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:05 am

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

I'm laughing because he quit on his team and he let his fans in Toronto down. He and the Raptors got nothing in return for him. Nice way to cripple a franchise for the near future. He came to us as a skinny 18 year old kid. We nurtured him as a player and as a man for 7 years. And what respect do we get? How would it feel if it was your team?

Besides people in Miami, most people hate Lebron becasue of the way he left Cleveland. Where's all the talk about how Bosh f'd over the Raptors in basically the same fashion?.  Buddy, if I want to laugh at someone that screwed over my team I have every right to. Get off your high horse and consider your thoughts if he did the same to your team.

Go ahead Chris; keel over and cry some more, frappe7601 will be there to dry your tears.... the words of Nelson Muntz, "HAHA!''

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2011 5:54 pm

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

If guys like Bosh and James would take the high road and try to make their former teams better, rather than take the easy way and try to build their own team, I might have a little sympathy for them..............the Heat will probably never win with these guys

Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: June 17, 2011 2:47 pm

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

I believe that Dwayne cared a great deal about this loss....but see things are different now.   He can't show his feelings like he could in the past.  Especially with the way the media has been all over them scrutinizing and puttting everything they do under a miscroscope this past year.  Remember during the season when coach Spo said there were a "couple guys crying in the Locker room"....oh my goodness everyone had a field day  from that.  They were laughing and saying they were getting what they deserved and the media blew that so out of proportion and ran with it.  The Heat were under intense scrutiny by fans and media...almost everyone wanted Miami to fail and lose.  Not to mention Wade was just caught a few days prior coughing and mocking Dirk on camera.  Bottomline...he had to save face...protect his pride a little.  Him and Lebron did not want the haters to get the satisfaction.  That's what I took from it.    Before the Big 3 in the past if Wade lost and was a little emotional or showed some feelings to not would have been embraced and he would have gotten a pat on the back for his effort in that series....but now he would just be laughed at and told "that's what you get!"  So I can understand if he decided to not give the haters the satisfaction

Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: June 17, 2011 2:29 pm

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

Chris Bosh cried because he has the heart of a champion.  Keep your head up and lets win the finals next year. 

Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: June 17, 2011 2:25 pm

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

See this is where I diasgree with you. I think Dwade and Lebron was just frontin for the haters.   I think they cared just as much if not more than Bosh, but they were trying to keep it cool in public b/c after all that arrogance they displayed...they needed to save face.  I mean let's face it...they acted like a bunch of arrogant jackasses during the Finals.   Mocking Dirk with the coughing.  Celebrating before they even won the series.  Walking around like they had this in the bag and thinking Dallas was just a pushover team.  They ended up looking like idiots when they didn't win...esepecially considering they choke the last game...and James choked the last 3 games. 

Lebron was a running joke for his lackluster performance in the Finals.  They knew everyone would be looking at them to either cry or be mad so they could plaster it all over the media and internet.  So they decided to not give them the satisfaction and just play it stoneface and emotionally detached.  Acting as if it was no big deal and oh well.  Because at that point all they had was their little pride.   And they were not going to let the haters see them all emotionally out of wack or angry.  Especially since they acted all arrogant and entitled to the championship. Bosh on the other hand had nothing to prove.    I think Bosh was the only one of the three that showed his true emotions.   Lebron and Wade were just frontin for the cameras and haters, but behind the scenes I know they were pissed and emotional

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:42 pm

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

I know people have gone both ways concerning this article.  To me, this makes him more personable and down to earth than the other two-thirds of the big three.  To me it shows acceptance of his role and responsibility to Miami fans.  As I read in another post, no one likes or wants to lose.  If no one cares, why compete?  What would be the purpose?  I'm not rating Bosh as a player, but as a person.  He has heart and desire and accepts responsiblity.  I can't say that for the other two-thirds, who gave me the impression that it's oh well so what.  Attitude and heart plays a major role in building team chemistry.  I'd take Bosh over the other two any day.  This is coming from a Celtics fan.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:13 am

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

Ok world, the Heat loss in the Finals.  How much longer must we continue to milk this cow, or beat this dead horse?  Unless this is the last NBA season that will ever be played, which it is not, let's just move on.  There are guys like Chuck Barkley who are putting their two cents on Lebron's comment, after he told the fans of Miami to go back to work at McDonald's and tried his best to team up with the Rockets to win a championship, much to the same result as Lebron and D Wade. Next season, the Heat will impose their rath on every team in the league and win the Title.  I can't wait to see those headlines.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:42 am

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

What a joke everyone coming to Bosh's aid trying to explain why he did what he did.  Bottom line Heat loss, Bosh cried, Lebron choked and Wade wondered why he didnt choose Chicago.  Bulls take title next year over Thunder in 6.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:42 am

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

I've never been a Bosh fan.  Too soft for his size.  Too much of a jump shooter.  But I will admit that against the Bulls (my team) he played darn well.  He consistently hit the jumper out to 18-20', filled the lane well whent the double team went elsewhere and ran the pick and roll nicely.  I thought he was overly demonstrative, but I guess that's just him.  Then again, I can see why he was so emotional after being in purgatory in Toronto for so long.  As to which of the three I'd rather have on my team, I would have to say D. Wade.  I think he has the most heart and desire.  Watching him this playoffs, I just like him as a player better than LBJ and Bosh.  Although I must admit if the Bulls had Bosh on the wing waiting to hit jumpers, with a rebounder under the basket that would really open the lane for D. Rose to drive and dish.  My problem with LBJ right now is it appears he can't figure out who he is or who he wants to be.  Does he want to play PG and score less, but average a near triple double or does he want to be a go to scorer.  From what I've seen he can't be both and in the playoffs in particular he either gets confused of his role or loses confidence.  Then again, maybe he's just mentally and physically exhausted from the grind of the season and playoffs.  One thing I know, Michael Jordan never had those problems.  That's why he's the GOAT!!

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:24 am

Chris Bosh explains his collapse, tears

Who needed an explanation?  Bosh is actually the one Heat player I grew to like this year. 

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