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Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:45 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



People have made a big stink about the Heat for a lot of different reasons, but one thing people really like to hone in on is the so-called "closer" talk. Who takes the last shot in a close game? Who closes out opponents, LeBron or Dwyane Wade? The team has played more than 100 games together now and it's become pretty obvious in that time -- it's Wade's time, not LeBron.

Nobody has necessarily declared that, but more just it's been the plan of action in close games. Well, now Chris Bosh has actually said what we all already know. Via GQ:

GQ: Quick hypothetical, toes aside: Let’s say the game was tied. 10 seconds left. You had 30 points, LeBron’s got 30, and Wade’s got 30. You got the same amount of rebounds, same amount of assists—having the same great game. Who takes the shot at the end to either win or lose the game.
Chris Bosh: [immediately] Dwyane.

GQ: Why?
Chris Bosh: Because of his success in the past, given what he’s done. He’s a champ. He’s an MVP, and he’s hit a bunch of last-second shots. That’s the time you have to put pride aside a little bit, and do what’s best for the team. He’s quickest, and he’s gonna get a shot off. He relishes those moments.

That sounds like something we should all make a big deal about, but here's the thing: I bet LeBron would agree with that. It's kind of the life he signed up for when he went to Wade's team. That doesn't mean LeBron won't ever have his opportunity, but unlike the situations for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose or Dirk Nowitzki, it's not a given that LeBron gets that look. Even his own teammates say so, without hesitating.

Wednesday against the Clippers though, Wade played decoy and passed to LeBron at the end of regulation (LeBron was fouled and missed a big free throw). So they do interchange a bit.

But here we all are, mostly agreeing that LeBron James is the best player in the league and yet his own team doesn't want him taking the big shot. Isn't there something wrong with that? Does that say more about Wade, or does that say more about LeBron? Does Bosh, and the Heat, not trust LeBron or do they just believe in Wade that much?

Obviously Bosh isn't intending to take a dig at LeBron, but it's hard not to see it as that. He's saying Wade "relishes" those big moments which indicates that LeBron really doesn't. And there's proof of it: In Cleveland, where LeBron was The Man, he routinely passed to an open Daniel Gibson or Larry Hughes in the corner rather than taking things into his own hands. It's the player he is. He prefers to defer than dominate. It's his curse and his gift.

At this point though with the way the Heat are playing late in games, maybe he should've said Mario Chalmers.

Via TBJ
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:45 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

"That sounds like something we should all make a big deal about"

No, it isn't.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

Wade is a great player, but don't kid yourselves because he had a pretty good player by the name of Shaq help him win a championship.  Shaq not only mentored Wade and took him under his wing ( Wade admitted this many times) but also put up some numbers as well.  And most importantly Shaq was a threat opposing teams even at that point of his career had to pay a lot of attention to which left Wade a lot of nice looks and took the pressure off him.


All of that is true, but I can't think of another NBA team who has won with just one star player, so if this is a criticism of Wade, then it's a criticism of all NBA top-tier stars, current and past. Also, one could easily flip that and say Shaq wouldn't have won that title without Wade. They both needed each other; there's nothing wrong with that and it doesn't take anything away from Wade as a player or past champion. In fact, it may be a compliment because most of the championship teams I can think of had at least three stars. Here are a few examples with names people might remember: Bird/McHale/Parish......Johnson/Abd

ul-Jabbar/Worthy......Jordan/Pippen

/Rodman. I have nothing bad to say about any of those guys, so I don't see how people can fault Wade (or Kobe or Pierce to name a couple more) for needing help. People will criticize guys for taking too many shots, then turn around and then, when the same guy starts taking fewer shots because he finally has teammates he trusts, criticize him for not being able to win without another star or two.

As for this story, as usual, cBS creates a rather misleading, titillating headline that gives only part of the picture to try to stir up controversy where there is none. Read the question Bosh was asked. He was not asked "Who would you choose, LeBron or D-Wade?" nor was he asked who he would pass it to. He was asked of the three of them - LeBron, Wade AND Bosh - who would get the ball in a clutch situation. That's a huge difference. If anyone thinks he's taking a shot at LeBron, then I guess he's taking a shot at himself as well.



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:23 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

WOW--LeDung momma gonna be commin afta you mrs Bosh--you dont disrepect my LeDung--i slap you silly



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

Redwings, don't even mention Shaq as reason for Wade's title win over Dallas.  Do yourself a favor to your credibility and go watch the replays of games.  You will see Wade carried the Heat with unconscious performances.  Particularly in the 4 consecutive wins game 3,4,5 and 6 where Wade was relentless and attacking the basket and went to free throw line over 20 times in game 3 and 4.  Wade had 42,36,43 and 36 in those four games.  Sorry bro...Shaq was a bystander who benefited from Wade NOT the other way around.  It had nothing to do with Shaq getting attention because Wade was getting his done by getting to the cup and getting fouled.  HE IS A WINNER! PERIOD. Wade > James



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:23 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

i cannot argue with bosh. he is right. if you give it to one guy all the time he will used to hitting the shot. wade is more of a clutch player. the problem is not the last second shot, it is that usually the heat has a lead and then lets the otheer team back.the good teams pull awaw, and a bad call or last second shot wont beat them. the heat have a lot of talent but they really do have a lot to learn about winning. 



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:05 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

I think LBJ should get Horry out of retirement and have him play beside him and take game winning shots for him!!



Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

Lebron is not even the best player on his team. It's no secret that Wade should get the last shot every time. 



Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

About Bosh "bailing" the Heat out in last year's Chicago series...

I say: And...what? 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the Heat are much better in crunch with Wade being the  on offense.  He is a champion as Bosh said.  Been there, done that for Wade.  Bron should be much more humble and take the learners approach from DWade. 

Wade is a great player, but don't kid yourselves because he had a pretty good player by the name of Shaq help him win a championship.  Shaq not only mentored Wade and took him under his wing ( Wade admitted this many times) but also put up some numbers as well.  And most importantly Shaq was a threat opposing teams even at that point of his career had to pay a lot of attention to which left Wade a lot of nice looks and took the pressure off him.

I'm not saying Wade wouldn't be the guy I'd want having the ball for a last shot in a big game, I'm not sure if I'd choose him or Lebron.  The argument I don't accept though is the "he's a winner" argument because Lebron didn't get a chance to play with Shaq when Wade did....  when Shaq finally made it to Cleveland he was a banged up over the hill old man on the court.

What I do know is Chris Bosh doesn't get the credit he deserves in Miami.  If not for Bosh, anybody that watched the Heat Bulls series last year knows that series would have been much much closer.  Bosh in that series averaged around 23 points per game, 8 rebounds and shot something like 60 percent for the series.  In that series Wade shot a whopping 40 percent.... and Lebron barely shot over 40 percent as well.... Bosh bailed out the Heat in that series big time... unfortunately not too many people noticed.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:07 pm
 

Bosh picks Wade over LeBron for last second shot

Had the question been "lose the game" Im 100% sure LeBron quickly wouldve came outta his mouth. He says Wade cause he is no dummy and its Wades house, there is no star power here, DWade is the alpha male in Miami without a doubt. Wade has the hardware to prove it and thats why they went to Miami not Cleveland or Toronto, they are riding Wades coattails to a ring cause he is the only one with the credentials to actually back up the talk.


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