Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  58 responses

Chris Bosh Just Wants to Chill

Whatever goodwill Bosh had built up thanks to his first breakout game of the season last night, quickly disappeared as he once again stuck his foot in his mouth. The Palm Beach Post has the damning quote: “It’s Chris Bosh on ESPN, talking about Erik Spoelstra in a post-game interview. ‘I guess he felt that he was loosening up just a little bit too much,’ Bosh said. ‘And he knows that he has to meet us halfway. He wants to work. We want to chill. But we’s going to have work to get everything down, and get our timing down, and get our chemistry down.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Would like you to choose to tell what the context of the quote was or do you want to continue to put your foot in your mouth by posting half-truths in your headlines? This is a common theme with most guys in the league you throw things out there about now.

  • vtrobot

    to be fair, UD had just got Bosh high before he made that statement.



  • http://toronto.com Mr 416
  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Chris Bosh is currently #58 in the league in rebounding and ranks plenty of guards (ie Kobe, Evan Turner, etc.) He needs to put in some work on the glass.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Chill like a Bosh.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Working hard is something you have to do on the Raptors.

  • Noel

    Where halfway between working hard and chilling happens

  • ClydeSays

    416, That vid is great. Esp the punchline.

  • chazz michael michaels

    like a bosh

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick tha Quick

    I figured he would get killed in the media right when he said it. It’s pretty ironic that he wants to chill when lately, all he’s been portrayed to be is soft and unwilling to work hard for rebounds and his inability to defend. It’s a little out of context but at what point does he just stop saying stupid things and keep shooting himself in the foot. Must be a Texas thing with Dubya!

  • Tiki

    eboy, there was no context. Check THE POST UP to see the vid.

  • Lakers Fan

    bosh is overated and doesn’t love the game as much as other players with those coments being made.you just want to chill? championship teams don’t “just chill”

  • http://KB24 Lakers Fan

    thats why he gets lost during the game

  • Darius

    The ways on how not to win a ring

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Tiki, they didn’t speak to him for 15 seconds like the Post Up video shows. It’s a “clipped” clip.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    Eboy: did you defend every stupid thing Bosh said before he came to Miami?

  • Mvp23100

    Bosh spice came out and had 35 and we find some way to take focus off that to discuss what….dudes been a killer since GT I’m sure he’s no stranger to hard work

  • JAMS

    this stapler works like a bosh!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I didn’t pay attention to him…..he wasn’t part of my team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    fair enough.

  • kudos

    This was after he played the Suns. THE SUNS.

  • The D Train

    Eboy, would you please tell us what the context of the quote was, then? Play the role of Paul Harvey for those of us that are uninformed, if you will…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Go read AllenP’s post over in the Post Up, DTrain. It covers it clearly in a couple of sentences.

  • vtrobot

    i’m looking forward to just boshing all weekend. seriously dude, “chilling” your way to a championship? newsflash: AI SHOULD HAVE CARED MORE ABOUT PRACTICING HARD.

  • LeBron de Con

    Eboy proves his metal as but-boy for the franchise. Keep it up, laughs ensue.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’ll write it again here.
    Bosh said that coach practiced them hard for two days before the game. They came out an performed. Coach pointed to those practices as the reason for the strong performance. Bosh acknowledged that the coach felt they were slipping, but said that the coach has to meet the players halfway. He wants them to have hard practices all the time, the players want to chill. It’s the normal issue that all teams have where even when you’re an elite player, you don’t always want to have a hard practice. You still practice and go hard because you understand that’s the sacrifice you have to make to be good, but it’s not what you WANT to do.
    I don’t understand why this is hard for people who have played sports to understand. Or maybe all of you always liked two-a-days and running wind sprints and running miles. And lifting, and pushing the sled, or whatever drudgery you had to do in your chosen sport.


    Get off Bosh’s jock everyone. I finally saw(last night) the Bosh I watched all those years in Toronto. It took 11 games but he is here.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick tha Quick

    ^^He was there last night but that doesn’t guarantee he will be there from here on. 10 lackadaisical games are not solved by one good game against the midget Suns. Wait and see.

  • JTaylor21

    AllenP is right, no player in any sports enjoys a hard day of practice, none. sh*t how many times did we hear about MJ wanting Phil to shorten practice to go play golf.

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    After Allenp’s explanation I can understand where Bosh is coming from, but thats just a dumb thing to say in an interview. Even if he wanted to express that feeling, to use the word “chill” is just plain stupid.

  • Bruno

    the problem is you talk about that with your team and coach not let it known to anybody

  • Abaci

    hahah very nice IAMORANGE4EVER

  • Hammer

    Bosh wants 2 just chill like epmd. He has 1 good game against small team phoenix and he already wants 2 chill? Add that idiotic statement 2 the other idiotic statement by lebron playing 2 many mins. Just keep ur f****n mouths shut clowns! D-ZAM! By the way,like jon barry said last night,let’s c how he does against the bigger teams like boston and orlando. This was just 1 game. Don’t mean s**t unless he uses this game as a turning point

  • http://www.nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    It was a stupid thing to say, period. Even if you do just wanna chill rather than practice hard, you don’t go saying that on national tv. I only played one year of basketball in middle school, but as a former Marine I can tell you I would’ve rather slept in than waking up at 0400 every morning to go on some extreme 30-mile mountain hike with full combat gear or whatever, but I would never tell an outsider that. I’d tell them I’m ready to go whenever, wherever. You just open yourself up to way too much criticism when you say otherwise, as we’ve seen with Bosh.

  • http://www.nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    ^ and I CAN say it now because I’m no longer active duty, but I would’ve never, ever admitted it while I was still in.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I don’t see how it can be o.k. for him (or any other player) to say they just want to ‘chill’. It’s not out of context and the statements prior to and afterwords don’t do anything to make it ‘sound better’. I’ve heard coaches and players talk about mixing practice intesity and duration up so that the players can both learn and be ready for the next game. But to say they just want to ‘chill’? No reasonable excuse for such a statement from a professional athelete. Considering how Bosh has been playing lately, really shouldn’t come out of his mouth. Playing sports through college I hated some of our practices and acknowledged (like Bosh) they were ‘good for the team’. Coaches push the players to practice hard, but not too hard. Players understand the balance as well (at least all pro athletes should), but to say they want to ‘chill’ – come on man, this isn’t an EPMD song.

  • mvp23100

    Most of you as grown men sound real sensitive right now are we hanging on every word these dudes say to have his production through college and the pros he can’t be a stranger to work every sentence is being dissected the hate is to obvious let’s play ball

  • MikeC.

    If Spoelstra runs his practices they way Riley did, I can understand some of Bosh’s statement. Riley worked his teams so hard in practice that they were all rundown and exhausted by the time the playoffs started. There’s a fine line between making sure the players are worked, and making them work too hard. Overworked players usually end up banged up and injured moreso than other players in the league. Bosh’s only mistake was taking it public. He should have conferenced with the rest of the team and coaching staff.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I agree with Enigmatic.
    One more reason why most athletes speak in cliches.
    Y’all are going to see where this is headed in a little while.


    I can’t ever imagine Amar’e saying he wants to chill instead of work hard. POW!

  • James aka…

    I’m amazed that someone who designed so many media saavy things when he was with the Raptors acting like he’s never seen a mic before since he made the decision to change teams. I’ve seen so many foolish things from him in print since he left. For example, this quote, if he just said the body needs time to recover in between, etc., then you don’t have that soundbite that you get savaged for.

  • paul

    When I worked as a cashier, I wanted to chill.

    But I had a job to do.

  • Rainman

    and peopel STILL think this guy gave his ALL to the Raptors last year? and didnt quit ?

    Get Real.

  • tRay

    Why does everyone get so sensitive these days? First LeBeon, then KG, now this fool. Look they are regular people like you and me. It was a stupid thing to say now let the sh*t go already d@mn!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    non story. keep it moving people

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    I cringed when he said that. I knew what he meant but it came off poorly and it’s something the jealous commoners would blast him for it.

  • Cizzo

    @Eboy… when the season gets thick your going to wish Bosh wasn’t a part of your team. He got his big payout, he came to SouthBeach for SouthBeach, not to win a Championship…… Apparently… He’s a scrub!

  • Cizzo

    Check some of the best who ever did it in this league’s history resumes tey never had that just chill mantality… That’s that 100 million dollar man way of thinking….

  • All Day

    The problem is that Chris Bosh is an above average player pretending to be an all star player…funny how I keep hearing people say that it’s going to take time before Miami can build chemistry and start to play together as a team. When KG, Shuttlesworth, and other free agents joined Boston in 2007, the Celtics started that season kicking everybody’s @ss and winning the championship the same season.

  • vtrobot

    @ All Day: KG and Jesus = the opposite of chill.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Word All Day. Word.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Clyde

    Not completely sold on him “heating up” against the Robin Lopez-less Suns. Shows what they potentially could be though.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Celtics also had three players with complimentary skillsets and a veteran coach with a very solid offensive system.
    The Heat’s two best players have redundant skillsets and they have a Coach with some issues as it relates to offense and has had those issues for years.
    If you’re going to make a comparison, at least be intellectually honest.

  • Justin

    One guy wants to chill and the other is apparently playing too many minutes? Wow, what a team

  • Towelie

    Poor Chris Bosh.

  • All Day

    @ AllenP: You’re telling me to be intellectually honest…I was being honest…I’m stating the facts. I know your feelings are hurt right now because Miami is not what you thought they were, but cheer up, bro. There’s always next year!

  • nba is the worst

    Suns’ management is just crazy. Replace Amare with Hedo?

    Hakeem Warrick?

    In the NBA, size matters. Sure, on a hot shooting night in LA you can win in the regular season, but those offseason signings ensure that the team can’t succeed in the playoffs.

    It’s no coincidence that Bosh scored 35 – the Suns were already last in rebounding margin when Lopez went down…