Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:30 pm
Posted by Royce Young
How Chris Bosh didn't go all "Jim Everett on Jim Rome" when he sat across from Skip Bayless Wednesday morning on ESPN's First Take, I'll never know.
Much like how Rome called the quarterback "Chris" to insinuate he was girly or soft, Bayless took to calling Bosh "Bosh Spice" for most of last season. Obviously Bayless thought of it as a clever way to slam Bosh for being soft, effete or something.
Here's what's always lost on Bosh: He's a terrific, well-spoken, calm, mature person. Think about all the criticism he endured last season with most of it being of the personal variety like Bayless laid on him. And what does Bosh do? He sits down across from his stupid critic and politely says that calling him "Bosh Spice" is disrespectful to his family name.
Look at Bayless as he says it. He sits there with that smug look just waiting to explain how his childish name-calling is correct. And even after Bosh says he's offended by it, Bayless doesn't back down. He still goes right at him, criticizing him right to his face. Props, I guess, Skip. Wouldn't expect anything less.
You want to know how to take a dig at Chris Bosh? Like this. Like a Bosh.
Video via Sports Grid
Posted on: September 3, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 7:12 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Don't you ever change, Chris Bosh.
The third wheel in the Miami Heat Big 3 is up to his usual zany antics this weekend, competing in a video game tournament and giving quotes that sound a little bit more lonely than they were meant to be.
On Saturday, Bosh told the Associated Press that the Heat plan to get together soon for preseason workouts, although he didn't have many specifics to provide.
Bosh said Saturday that he expects the Miami Heat to reconvene sometime soon, even though the NBA lockout has entered its third month with no apparent ending in sight. This would ordinarily be the time of year where most players start ramping up workouts anyway, and Bosh said he will be ready whether training camps begin on time or not.I don't know about you, but to me that reads like he is begging LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to pick up their phones and clue him in on where they are working out. "Hey, guys, my wedding and honeymoon are finally over and I totally have time to get together now!"
That suspicion only heightens when the topic turns to an upcoming Dallas Cowboys football game.
[Bosh] is scheduled to appear on an episode of "Law and Order" later this month, and in the coming days he'll be in New York for some Fashion Week events, U.S. Open tennis and possibly the Dallas Cowboys' season-opener on Sept. 11 against the Jets.Translation: "I hope LeBron says hi to me! He probably won't say hi to me."
What's important to remember about the concept of a Heat team workout is that Miami has so few players under contract for next season. Aside from the Big 3, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, Eddie House and Zydrunas Ilgauskas are the only players with fully guaranteed contracts for next season. In other words, the workouts couldn't even include 5-on-5 play, unless you want to throw last year's rookie center Dexter Pittman and the team's 2011 draft pick Norris Cole into the mix.
Of course, any workout is better than no workout during the lockout and the Heat would be a truly terrifying proposition for the rest of the league if James, Wade and Bosh decided to get serious and lock themselves in a gym together until they perfect the chemistry that was only hit-or-miss during last season. But, the AP notes, Bosh has some important things to do over the next few weeks -- like guest starring on a network TV crime drama and hitting the runway -- so don't bother cowering in fear just yet.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:28 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Chemistry is overrated. Or it's underrated. A lot of people have a lot of different opinions on it. But it's hard to ignore that good chemistry means something on the basketball court.
I don't think anyone would deny that at times, the Miami Heat's chemistry last season was pretty rough. And we should've all seen it coming. At the beginning of the season when any of the three stars were asked who would get the ball in late game situations, they'd said, "Whoever's hottest." Which is most definitely the incorrect answer.
But it was Season 1 of a five season TV show in Miami. Those 82 games were the first 82 those three had really played together. And chemistry doesn't happen overnight. It's not like dating. Learning to play five-as-one on the court takes some time. The more reps you get, the better feel for each other there is.
Which is probably why Dwyane Wade feels like the team has figured it all out. He told ESPN Radio, via the Sun Sentinel:
Figured it out, he says. And I can see why he'd think that. Both he and LeBron finished in the top five in scoring (Wade was actually fourth), the team won a bunch of regular season games and lost in six games in the NBA Finals. By all appearances, there's reason to feel like they had started to get a feel for each other.
But that's missing the point. Because I don't know even know what Wade means when he says they "figured it out." Yeah they won a bunch of games and almost a championship, but I'm not entirely sure a lot changed from when they were just swapping turns late in games and coming up short in tight contests. All that changed really in the postseason was that a lot of those shots went in. I mean, LeBron shot close to 50 percent from three before The Finals.
The Heat mostly won last season because they could overwhelm teams with their talent. Against lesser foes, they dominated. But against premium opponents, there was a reason they struggled. Because that chemistry, that understanding of how to play together, wasn't really there. They faked us out in the Eastern playoffs because they were making shots. Nothing had really changed though.
This isn't to say they can't or won't actually get there. But for Wade to just say they have seems very premature. It's not about taking turns or going with the supposed hot hand. It's about playing quality team basketball. It's about involving Chris Bosh in every set. It's about utilizing Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem is late-game sets other than just kicking out to them while the shot clock runs down. That's figuring it out. That's the kind of chemistry that Walter White would approve of.
We know LeBron and Wade are all-world players and scorers. And that's the reason I know that Wade's wrong. If they truly have figured it out, then it's all over. You can't beat a team with that much talent if they actually get it.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:57 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 8:17 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Two NBA All-Star forwards are headed to court. And, no, we're not talking about Zach Randolph and the alleged case of the drug dealer beaten with billiard sticks.
TVGuide.com reports that New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will both appear on an upcoming basketball-themed episode of the network crime drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Anthony and fellow NBA star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat will each make cameo appearances in the opening scene and the episode's climax. The episode, titled "Personal Fouls," focuses on a youth basketball coach (The Wonder Years' Dan Lauria) who is suspected of being a sexual predator.The site also notes that Anthony will appear as himself, meaning that he will likely be charged with robbing Knicks fans of their championship dreams by playing lackluster defense.
It's not yet clear what role Bosh will play, but if tearful courtroom testimony is required, and it often is on Law & Order, he was an excellent choice.
Reuters.com notes that the episode starring Anthony and Bosh will be the series' second of the season and is scheduled to air on NBC on Sept. 28 at 10 p.m.
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 10:57 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Rankings by EOB Staff.
This is the seventh segment of the CBSSports.com Eye on Basketball Elite 100, counting down the top-100 players in the NBA.
Asking Boston Celtics fans and observers to rank the team's players top-to-bottom is a bit like asking a mother to rank her children. With Rajon Rondo ascending and the Big 3 maintaining, simply ranking the team's four All-Stars is a task in and of itself. That job takes on an added degree of difficulty when they face off against their competition around the league.
2011 Stats: 14.1 points, 6.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 44.5 FG%, 17.30 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 27, 36, 36
After playing all but six games in his first six NBA seasons, injuries marred Iguodala’s 2010-2011 campaign, keeping him out of 15 games and limiting his minutes per game to the fewest he’s played since his rookie year. As a result, his numbers took a predictable hit pretty much across the board. Iguodala’s reputation as a two-way player is well-earned; his size, strength, quickness and instincts are an exceedingly rare combination.
Persistent trade rumors swirled throughout the season, too, owing to Iguodala’s long-term, eight figure per year contract and his tweener franchise guy status: he’s paid to be “the man” but not quite transformative enough to pull it off. Until he is moved to a contender with an established top dog, Iguodala will continue to impress outsiders and let down those who expect him to deliver a team to playoff success.
2011 Stats: 11.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals, 52.5 FG%, 18.83 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 33, 32, 30
Perhaps Noah gets a friendly bump up in these rankings by virtue of playing in the vicinity of the Derrick Rose superstar glow, but he has done plenty to carve out a strong reputation for himself. It starts with doing the things most NBA players don’t like to do: crash the boards relentlessly on both ends, cover ground (while talking) on defense, hit the floor for loose balls, make the extra big-to-big pass and exercise restraint when it comes to shot selection.
Given his age, Noah should be a perennial double-double guy for the next 3-5 seasons. That, plus more than a block and a steal per game and 50+ percent shooting is excellent production from the center position.
2011 Stats: 17.5 points, 6.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 51.9 FG%, 20.44 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 26, 31, 30
San Antonio’s early playoff exit might have caused you to forget that the Spurs were the league’s second most efficient offense during the regular season. Parker’s well-rounded game – basketball intelligence, shooting, decision-making, pick-and-roll skills, drive-and-kick skills, open court skills – served as the engine in that machine. The elite newer-age point guards boast size/strength combinations that Parker can’t match, but he currently inhabits a pleasant nexus between “savvy veteran” and “not yet tailing off physically”, so he gives as good as he gets against just about anyone at his position.
The Spurs will never be able to replace Tim Duncan, but they were wise to ride with Parker into the foreseeable future.
27. Paul Pierce, F, age 33, Boston Celtics
2011 Stats: 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 49.7 FG%, 19.76 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 38, 23, 22
The passing of the Eastern Conference torch from Boston to Miami went down in particularly cruel fashion, with Heat forward LeBron James unleashing a whirlwind to usher the Celtics into the past. Not being athletic enough to keep up with Miami is no real sin, though, as that label applies to 99 percent of the league. Pierce is slower, more ground-bound, less decisive and less explosive than James, but he’s still an elite producer at his position, upping his numbers in most categories last season. He can score in a variety of ways, shoots with range, gets to the line and cashes in his free throw opportunities, and is a hard-working defender.
With three years left on his contract, it’s certainly possible the Captain becomes a burden on the books. For now, he’s steady and solid as always, the same All-Star with the track record for winning, even if his team has finally been overtaken.
26. Nene Hilario, C, age 28, Denver Nuggets
2011 Stats: 14.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.1 steals, 61.5%, 20.49 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 27, 29, 23
Arguably the biggest prize in this year’s free agent crop, Nene has gotten overlooked to a degree in a crowded Denver frontcourt that always took a backseat to whatever Carmelo Anthony was doing. Now that Anthony is in the Big Apple, Nene’s uber-efficient scoring around the rim, high-energy play and overall athleticism look even better, especially if one considers what will be left of the Nuggets should he decide to find a new home.
2011 Stats: 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.4 assists, 57.4 FG%, 21.14 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 28, 22, 28
Nobody in the NBA causes more people to slap their foreheads than Bynum: he’s yet to approach his potential on the court, has a lengthy injury history and has repeatedly resorted to some of the dirtiest play seen anywhere in the modern NBA. For all his faults and immaturity, he has shown the ability to be the best center in the NBA not named Dwight Howard by simply overpowering defenders and playing over the top of them, finishing at the rim with an emphatic dunk or a soft touch. He doesn’t have ideal mobility but he is still a legit paint presence defensively, even able to control games at times. The progress he’s made in expanding his offensive repertoire gives hope for the future, as does his expressed desire to carry more of the load.
2011 Stats: 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, .8 steals, 55.7%, 20.79 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 24, 24, 29
Horford is an interesting contrast with Bynum, in that he seems to have figured life out and come to terms with what he will be as an NBA player. An excellent defender whose offensive production doesn’t get enough run, Horford should be the centerpiece for the Hawks for years to come. He’s managed to improve his scoring numbers during all four seasons in the NBA while keeping his rebounding numbers near the magical double-digit mark. Horford is smart, consistent, has a winning mindset and provides zero distractions off the court. He can pass too.
At 25, he’s probably getting pretty close to his peak productivity and isn’t – and may never be -- a game-changing No. 1 option on offense. Still, he provides stability and plenty to work around even if he is never able to carry the team out of the massive shadow cast by Joe Johnson’s contract.
23. Chris Bosh, F, age 27, Miami Heat
2011 Stats: 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 49.6 FG%, 19.44 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 19, 25, 28
The planet Earth sure learned a lot about Bosh this season. Indeed, he probably faced a greater increase in scrutiny than any other NBA player, when he bounced out of Toronto to team up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in South Beach. Bosh’s game is predicated on outside/inside offensive versatility. He is equally able to knock down a jumper, get to the free throw line, finish a play above the rim and create a bit off the bounce. He’s more sinewy than beefy and that’s earned him plenty of criticism because he doesn’t hold the paint on defense and lacks a true nose for rebounding and dirty work.
Bosh wore goofy outfits, was rightfully cast as a third wheel, got tattooed, got married, and broke down crying in his first year with the Heat. Who knows what the sequel holds?
22. Rajon Rondo, G, age 25, Boston Celtics
2011 Stats: 10.6 points, 11.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 47.5 FG%, 17.11 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 19, 21, 25
Rondo may very well be the most magical point guard since Magic Johnson, his knack for fitting passes into tight spaces is uncanny and his vision is peerless. At his best, he conducts games rather than simply playing in them, weaving together his teammates in such a way that open shots result. His eye-popping wingspan is matched only by his gambler’s instinct, making Rondo an excellent on-ball and off-ball defender. Of course there’s the whole business about his shooting, which remains troublesome and limiting, but he compensates with a warrior’s spirit and a full understanding of his own limitations. He is the future.
21. Kevin Garnett, F, age 35, Boston Celtics
2011 Stats: 14.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks, 52.8 FG%, 20.67
Composite rankings (random order): 23, 21, 21
Over the past two years, a crop of younger power forwards have surpassed Garnett, whose prep-to-pros jump and heavy minutes as a franchise guy earlier in his career have taken their toll. His body doesn’t allow 82 nights of top-shelf performance a season -- it would be next to impossible to manage that at 35 -- but he’s still the most feared and hated player in the NBA. His length and understanding of positioning create endless problems for his opponents and his basketball intelligence and leadership making the game easier for his teammates. His trusty jumper has kept him an offensive force and he can be paired with all sorts of lineups – big and small – thanks to his face-up game, passing skills and mobility. While Garnett is no longer a player capable of carrying a team to a title, he’s still the last guy you want to play against.
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:35 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 5:37 pm
Posted by Royce Young
This time last year, the smoke was finally starting to clear from LeBron James' one-hour special announcing his free agency destination. Finally, the dust was settling and we were all continuing with our regularly scheduled programming of being bored (and hot) in August.
There's been a lot of time to reflect on "The Decision" with LeBron even saying things probably could've been handled differently. And while LeBron's taken most of the beating from that night, it really had a large impact on his new team. Immediately, with a strong contribution from the way LeBron announced his intentions, the Heat were America's most hated team. Not just LeBron. But joining him was Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at the front of the table.
Bosh joined ESPN Radio to talk about the usual list of stuff you talk about while the NBA's locked out in August -- playing overseas, last season, next season, etc -- but he was also asked about "The Decision." Specifically, do you think it should've been handled differently or should everyone just own up to it?
“I say you own up to it. We all make mistakes. I think anybody would be kidding themselves if they thought they were perfect at anything. I mean why change it? We’ve already went through with everything. Whether good or bad, whether it was a good decision or bad decision, or we should have done this, could of done that, if we would of done this. We are here now. Everything has happened, so let’s just own up to it. Yeah we did it. Yes. If it was a mistake? If I see it as a mistake and here’s the reasons why, but here’s the reasons why it is going to help us in the long run.”
I think there's a bit of confusion here as to if we're talking about just the one-hour program, or the whole process of it, which would include the crazy South Beach celebration party before the team even practiced. (I think that's what Bosh means here, along with the three players coming together.)
But he's certainly keen on taking responsibilty for whatever he feels like taking responsibility for. He's right: You can't wish you would've signed with the Mavericks or Bulls now. You're with the Heat. Unless they decide to trade you, you're there and it's your job to figure out how to win. That was the commitment those guys made when they put their names on the paper with Pat Riley and they're going to try and follow through.
"The Decision" was a huge mistake. The events that took place immediately after were too. You can't change it now, you can just move forward. And the best way to make everyone forget, or at least maybe forgive, is to win. That's how it works.
Posted on: August 8, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 6:34 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
There are great finds, and then there are great finds. This ridiculous photo gallery of much-maligned Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh getting a mammoth back tattoo while vacationing in Anguilla qualifies in the latter category. Googly moogly: TheBasketballJones.com strikes again.
LostInTheWillderness.com sets the scene, noting that even the tattoo artist, Adam, was surprised that he would be plying his trade in the Caribbean Island after Bosh flew out the crew on a private jet without any advance warning.
Now, I know nothing of Anguilla so I couldnt imagine where we were going, but let me tell you, if I could even begin to imagine how sick this place was, I still wouldnt have imagined what I saw.That's right, the process took so long you can see Bosh clutching a bag of Cheetos for nourishment with a stack of DVDs for the giant flat screen nearby.
So what is the artistic crown jewel in this marathon masterpiece? A woman that is devouring a skull, of course. The hungry cannibal lass pairs nicely with the musical notes, bird, tree, leopard and God-like figure that already span Bosh's back. Really, nothing says "happy newlywed who is totally cool with being excluded from the LeBron James & Dwyane Wade bromance" like getting a skull-eating woman tattooed on your lower back.
Take a look.
Images via LostInTheWillderness.com
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Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 2:10 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James is reportedly not interested in playing basketball overseas if the the ongoing NBA lockout leads to a work stoppage; Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade said he would reportedly consider it.
The Miami Herald reports that All-Star forward Chris Bosh, the final member of Miami's so-called "Big 3", might be interested too.
Not only is Dwyane Wade open to considering overseas overtures should the lockout extend into the season, but Chris Bosh is, too, according to their agent, Henry Thomas.Europe and Asia just exchanged glances with each other and then simultaneously blurted out, "No, thank you, we're good."
In just one season in Miami, Bosh emerged as the third wheel of the group. While all three are All-Star talents making comparable sums of money, James and Wade are significantly better on the court and are massively more recognizable and marketable off the court, especially globally.
Bosh is on the books next season for $16 million with steady increases through 2015-2016. In other words, he has a load of guaranteed money coming to him and jeopardizing that by playing and taking a chance with injuries would be a huge risk. That risk looks even worse because Bosh would only be able to command a small fraction of his salary overseas, as major international teams aren't exactly looking to shell out top dollar for often-mocked, second-tier star, perimeter-oriented big men.
Further, Bosh is just 27 years old and has yet to win a ring, so he's got nothing but time to wait out a lockout and start anew on another long road to the NBA Finals.
The only way a premier star with a contract situation like Bosh would go overseas is if someone gives them a "Godfather" offer, one so large that it simply can't be refused. Who is going to shell out such dough for the Heat's Fredo?