Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 10:25 am  |  53 responses

Chris Bosh Not Bothered By Shaquille O’Neal’s Criticism

Chris Bosh has become something of a whipping boy for Shaq over the years — something that may get worse, now that O’Neal is a member of the media — but the Miami Heat forward claims it doesn’t bother him in the slightest. From the Sun-Sentinel: “Chris Bosh has been through this so many times that he just smiles. Yes, he gets it, that he’s not Shaquille O’Neal’s personification of elite, a star, perhaps even a man. The latest dig comes in O’Neal’s latest autobiography, the just-released ‘Shaq Uncut: My Story.’ Included in the retired center’s inspection of the Miami Heat, beyond the now-well-chronicled digs at Pat Riley, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, are the latest volleys at Bosh. Now, as before, O’Neal stresses that the veteran power forward has achieved stardom without earning it, is more about numbers than winning, and ‘is not an elite player.’ Considering O’Neal previously had compared Bosh to a drag queen, as ‘the RuPaul of big men,’ Bosh hardly finds himself compelled to respond to the rehash. ‘I know the thing is entertainment,’ Bosh told the Sun Sentinel. ‘How are you going to get people to buy your book? So I don’t care about stuff that is said in the media or in books or pointed or directed toward somebody, because it’s really just a tactic and nothing else. He’s an author. He can write whatever he wants. If he sells a bunch, then congrats to him.’”

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  • http://nasteedunx.blogspot.com Nasteedunx

    “I have one thing to say… YOU BETTER WORK!”
    ~Chris Bosh

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I think the question becomes: who DOESN’T Shaq talk about in his book with a negative slant? LMAO! To be honest, with the exception of his one horrible game against the Bulls and some questionable reactions to fouls/perceived fouls, Bosh was everything the Heat could have wanted from his spot last season.

  • http://nasteedunx.blogspot.com Nasteedunx

    After some debate, the eventual autobiography title was selected over the other finalist, “Shaq Uncut: TMI.”

  • Bt

    @Eboy except for solid defence and rebounds

    Granted its not his fault, a big 3 will struggle when all 3 need the ball to work. That’s why the celtics big 3 worked so well. Only pierce needs the ball, rays a spot up shooter and kg handles defense and rebounding.

  • http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/27/lockout-q-and-a-kevin-murphy/index.html Allenp

    Bosh defends. He doesn’t get enough boards though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    They’re weren’t expecting Dennis Rodman. They were looking for a premier scoring forward and have that. His defense is above average. His rebounding is weak.

  • Justin

    When you’re getting 19 and 9 as a third option you’re doing all right for yourself.

  • cramzy

    I really wish Chris would stand up for himself at some point. Him and Donovan Mcnabb frustrate the hell outta me with that. They’ve taken the high road enough. See what that low road life like. Tip a table!

  • http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/27/lockout-q-and-a-kevin-murphy/index.html Allenp

    LOL at Cramzy. I feel the same way sometimes.

  • CubicleWorker

    When there’s literally 3 players scoring points, it’s not that great. Coming from a Raptors fan, as much as I loved Bosh he is better suited as a complimentary peice. I think if LBJ didn’t go to Miami, then Miami would have won with the Wade/Bosh duo.

  • LA Huey

    Some people aren’t the type to take shots back at you because they know it messes up what they do best. It’s like how some guys can’t trash talk in pick up games or it messes up they’re focus.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Boshtrices have a thick skin.

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

    Bosh is just an even keeled dude. Even when he went on First Take after Bayless was calling him Bosh Spice all year he didn’t even raise his voice at Skip. And I think its lame that, most of the time, people criticize him for things that have nothing to do with basketball.

  • anthony y

    He’s not worried about it cause shaq is not a factor. He’s a washed up player trying to hold on to a sense of entitlement he no longer has. He’s “retired” cause no one was dumb enough to pay him even if there was a season. All he has done is throw everyone he’s been holding a grudge against under the bus. The book is gonna be a joke like the end of his career was. For once I wish Cynthia Bosh would take his skirt off, grow a pair, and go back at someone!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Damn, when will Bosh for once in his career stand up for himself? The guy allowed Skip Baseless to call him Bosh Spice in his face and sat there with a smile. He should have channeled his inner “Chris, oops I mean Jim Everett” and served Baseless a two piece with a side of biscuit. Grow some cojones.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Bosh is alright.
    Not getting caught up in the hoopla.

  • T-Money

    cubicle: you make no sense. bosh IS a complimentary piece. and miami would not have won it all with wade and bosh only, that’s ridiculous. better without bron? lol
    jtaylor: he also made skip look like a 12-year old throwing bad puns. and he’s making shaq’s comments sound irrelevant there. i’m not bothered with bosh’s reaction, he’s comfortable enough in his own skin to not pretend he’s something else.

  • dj

    hahahha wade n bosh would’ve won

  • Edsand

    There is nothing, absolutely nothing, wrong with Chris demonstrating emotional maturity and class by not reacting to ghetto rugrats who have garnered fame and fortune (but still no class) by putting a ball into a net. Chris, always respected your poise good upbringing, erudition and overall intelligence, and I know an insecure buffoon like Shap may well hate you and take cheap, ignorant shots for exactly that reason, and may hate it even more that you did not have to go into the gutter or play the minstrel to also succeed at life and basketball. Keep representing the good and classy high road – that is its own reward. Jah bless!!!!

  • edsanders

    Clearly, Shaq hates Bosh because Bosh is articulate, classy, intelligent and also does well for himself at life and in the league without having been raised in the ghtetto or having to act buffonish or like a minstrel. Same sentiment Jalen Rose felt toward Grant Hill. Shaq and a lot of newly-rich, not-so-well-brought-up-ballers could learn a thing or two about being a real man, your own man, not a puppet, from the likes of Chris. Stay poised, Chris – he does not have a thing on you beyond body fat.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    If you’re sitting on the kinda resources and lifestyle Bosh has, why on earth would you worry about anything anyone says who’s not your family and close friends? I like Bosh. I don’t think he’s soft, I think he exudes class. He’s given his team, for the most part, what it needs to win. I enjoy watching him play. He’s the type of dude I’d date. ;)

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    T-Money, I see where you’re coming from but no matter how laid back and chill someone is, you can’t just sit there and let someone disrespect your last name like that. Maybe it’s just me but there are certain things that are off limits.

  • http://www.tumblr.com arthurissupreme

    who plays more defense, stat or cb4

  • http://nba.com GP23

    “Let your game speak” – remember this Chris, or Shaq for that matter.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    CB plays way more D.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    Bosh is a good guy, and I think its cool that he could laugh off what Skip Bayless said to him. And what Shaq says to him. Its demeaning and insulting, but Shaq is just grasping for attention, and has been since he called him “RuPaul”. Bosh is a really nice guy, and at the end of the day (I sound like Lebron, damnit), he is happy with who he is and doesn’t need to stoop to the levels of Skip and Shaq to get his point across. The only person that comes out looking like a buffoon in all of this is Shaq, because he seems like an immature d**k.

  • barnabusb

    Bosh vacillates between nicest guy ever and douchiest guy ever. I wish he’d pick one and just go with it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    @arthurissupreme Are you serious? Bosh is a good defender and amare is absolutely horrid

  • http://www.slamonline.com Megatron

    that last comment was me… stupid slam..

  • http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/27/lockout-q-and-a-kevin-murphy/index.html Allenp

    A lot of “ghetto” comments. Crazy mindset.
    Shaq grew up with two parents in a military household. Not sure how that’s the stereotypical “ghetto” but even if it was, when you resort to profiling, you encourage it in others.
    And if it’s the “ghetto” making Shaq say what he has to say, what excuse do you have for Skip Bayless and every other random yahoo who has called Bosh soft and questioned his manhood? They can’t all be from the ghetto unless the ghetto suddenly got an amazing uptick in Internet access.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    LOL, like AllenP said, Shaq grew up a military brat.
    His stepdad was stationed in places like Germany. I fail to see how that is ghetto.

  • Big Sean

    Chris Bosh is a very good player. He makes a lot of money and plays on one of the best teams in the NBA and why should he care what Shaq thinks about him???? Except he does, garunteed. You can tell Bosh is one of those guys that wants everyone to like him! His constant tears from Shaq bullying him, are a lot more wet than his sweet J.

  • CubicleWorker

    I think they would be a more formidable team in the long run. Wade + James chemistry issues are an impediment to long term success. Plus without James the Heat would have $16M of cap room to sign appropriate role players, starters etc. Wade would be the go to guy (imo he’s a better finisher than LeBron) and Bosh would be a solid complimentary piece. Not hard to see how they could actually form a better team using Wade and Bosh as the #1 and #2. Bosh killed Chicago

  • blakos

    I sort of see what your say cubicle. Maybe they could have got two reasonable players in in say the SF and C postion instead of one in lebron. But You would still take Lebron regardless. I mean they are one solid role player away from the title.

  • chingy

    I used to hate Chris Bosh but his recent responses to criticisms really show what a nice classy guy he is. Respect. That interview with Skip single-handedly should make every respect the guy. That’s showing poise.

  • chingy

    @CubicleWorker, maybe in the short run but I don’t see Wade being in the elite class too much longer based on his age and style of play. With Lebron, Miami can stay elite a few years longer.

  • bike

    I am really puzzled why anyone would put any credence on what Shaq says or writes. He was a big dominant center in his day in the league and has always been an entertaining goofball but…his opinion? On anything? Don’t get it…

  • ab40

    chris bosh get’s the same money as lbj and wade. So you can’t forgive him for sitting back instead of taking a pro active role. He got paid to be a star player not a role player. They already got the guy who get’s overshadowed by his own talents at times in lebron they don’t need a second one. Oh and on another note Dirk killed everybody last year!!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Can’t believe I read a comment that says the heat would have had more success without the best player in the league. That is the dumbest thing I’ve read on Slam in years.

  • CubicleWorker

    ???? If you can spend another $16 million on other teammates and have better chemistry its not a far stretch to say the Heat would have more long term success. Consistent playoff success isn’t measured by having the best player in the league on your team. You just have to look at the amount of rings Lebron has to prove that. Mavericks proved that having the proper mix of players on your team creates success. Fact: Mavs are the current NBA champions… Fact: The Heat are not…

  • bike

    Ever notice that articles that pertain to Chris Bosh seem to bring out the stupid in a lot of people?

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @bike – Think about where you are.

  • ai come back

    i dont see what having money has to do with him being just more mature. Theres quite a few people out there with tons of money who act like 3 year old kids after bein dissed….bosh is just classier than all his haters.

  • JoeMaMa

    Chris Bosh takes the high road. Chris Bosh is practically a 20/10 guy. Chris Bosh played a vital role on an NBA Finals Team. Chris Bosh makes tens of millions…per year. Chris Bosh is, by and large, a well spoken and good guy, doing community works. He isn’t perfect, growing up and becoming a man in the national media. I get that. If I were to hate Chris Bosh, I’d also be the guy that probably cries himself to sleep at night. But I don’t. Way to shake it off, Chris.

  • guru

    Bosh took the mature response…but he did get his digs in. By saying “how else are you going to sell books” he is essentially saying Shaq as a player or person is nolonger a person of interest or influence. By saying “I don’t care” he backs this thought up by saying ‘who really cares what Shaq writes, hes washed up’.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ CubicleWorker: Really? Wade/Bron chemistry issues?
    Wade – 25.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.6 apg on 50% shooting.
    LeBron – 26.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 7.6 apg on 51% shooting.
    Please tell me what exactly were the chemistry issues?
    Just admit it rubbed you the wrong way that three (instead of two) superstars had the audacity to team up via free agency and be done with it. No offense.
    And *only* getting to the Finals in your first season with completely new teammates is not a valid criticism at all. Actually, it’s a testament to Miami’s success and shows a lot of promise their way.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    On a related note: Chris Bosh is a cool guy, and I respect him for not condescending to the standards of Shaq and Skip Bayless.
    Believe it or not, there are worse things to be called than effeminate or transsexual… I find it funny (and a bit worrying) that so many people still think calling someone a girl is an insult. Like, seriously??
    It’s like going up to a Mexican and saying: “HAHA, you’re Chinese!” and expecting them to take offense.

  • Backboard

    @ enigmatic: ha, Shaq growing up in Germany is Not gangsta? Ha, my friend – we are so gangsta, we have a Beer called nigg@. Germany puts the G in gangsta. ok, when does the Season Start?

  • EtheKnickFan

    CB is 20/10 on any other team. Shaq was 24/11 for career. Guys complain when athletes make millions and act the fool. He’s antithug, antigangsta. So what? Maybe he didnt grow up in a crack infested, rat infested tenement. What you want him to do? Run into the crowd swingin on fans? Dude plays decent D also. Dare I say he plays better D than a certain PF on a certain fave team of mine? As for Shaq…..”Be careful who you burn on the way up, etc etc”

  • DieselMechanic

    It’s a bear market for books out there, he’s gotta include some kind of TRASH.

  • http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/27/lockout-q-and-a-kevin-murphy/index.html Allenp

    Masculinity is a funny thing.

  • shutupallenp

    please dont compare bosh to shaq its not even close, shaq is by far the best center of the past decade. Bosh is an above average pf/sf. and Bosh fumbled alot of passes late in games and made poor decisions, especially against the bulls. and as for D hes okay, i think a stronger post presence woulda been a better fit for miami.
    oh and as for boshs buffoonery has any one seen his cowboy hat allstar plea? I thought that was very classless.


    this baboon is still on Bosh’s nuts i see.