Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 11:44 am  |  40 responses

Chris Bosh Gaining Weight to Play Center

by Eldon Khorshidi | @eldonadam

Though they possess arguably the most talented roster in the NBA, when compared with the rest of the League the Miami Heat are shorthanded at the center position. Joel Anthony, Justin Hamilton, Mickell Gladness and Dexter Pittman are all adequate players, but at this point, none are starting-quality centers. And as Miami slowly gravitates towards traditional positional sets, and as they will have to match up with several top-tier centers this season, the Heat need a reliable big man to anchor the center position.

While he’s always been viewed as a power forward—in reality, even a stretch four—Chris Bosh has acknowledged that in order for the Heat to be successful, he’ll have to slide over and play the 5. Bosh did so throughout most of the 2012 NBA Finals, and it’s expected coach Erik Spoelstra will expand on that in ’12-13. In preparation for the upcoming season, Bosh is bulking up to play center; he’s already added six pounds of muscle to his once 235-pound frame, and will continue to put on weight before training camp commences in a few weeks.

More details, via CBSSports.com:

When the Triad was formed in 2010 in Miami, Chris Bosh almost immediately let it be known through the press that he didn’t want to play center. Bosh is a stretch four in nearly the purest sense, and he’s never been the type to go to the block and do the dirty work. He has finesse game, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s a good and rare thing, and he didn’t want to mess with his timing or rhythm by having to add weight. He actually lost weight for the 2010 season. But after winning the title in 2012 with a model that saw Bosh used most often in the center role, or at least “in the least guard role” on a team redefinining traditional position elements, Bosh is starting to accept things. After all, it worked last year. The Miami Herald reports that Bosh has started adjusting his conditioning and training to prepare for a full-time center position.

“Chris Bosh is adding bulk (six pounds of lean muscle) to prepare for the rigors of playing a full season at center.”

Bosh won’t be the traditional center. He’ll be more of a combination of Mehmet Okur’s outside abilities (Bosh’s threes were monstrous late in the playoffs last year), Serge Ibaka (whose mid-range jumper helped OKC to the Finals), and Joakim Noah (using his length to generate tip-ins and making plays with his length rather than his size. The bulk will help him with endurance though, allowing him to sustain the beating that centers take.

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  • Junior Taylor

    I don’t think he needs to because MIA did just fine last season but since when does adding 6 pounds equal “bulk”?

  • RobbieJay

    getting big like a bosh

  • Nella

    Hasn’t he been saying this for the past 2 years? Soon to be followed by: ‘wow, he looks a lot bigger in that charity game video’, followed by the first regular season game, ‘nope, he looks the same size’

  • Max

    Just like last year like a BO$H!

  • danpowers

    not really visibily. but add 6 pounds of lean muscle, then you know. feels totally different, you can take much more pounding and you feel like bruce lee. unlike pumped up muscles. plus, if you look at bosh you see the lean muscle mass in super slow mo (about 2000 fps) when he moves the added muscles. he then looks like schwarzenegger.

  • Sparker

    Let the muscle watch begin…

  • Overkill

    If he’s really serious about gaining weight… he should get on the Eddy Curry diet plan

  • LakeShow

    I’m back, back, from Maui, Maui.
    What up boys.
    Nice to see Slam is on the Weight Watch summer routine.
    So does this also include that LeBron James will be sliding to the PF position?
    That’s a beast line up.


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    u get pounded?

  • danpowers

    sometimes on court and back then in the boxing ring. not in some gayish pornesk way ;)

  • jgvfjyf

    He should gain weight to play power forward..

  • shutup


  • shutup

    Fool me once……….


    as raptors fan i remember the days bosh used to look like durant. over the years he kept adding 5 to 10 lbs a season to where he is at today. i mean look below

  • Bravo

    Yo if bosh plays like he played before he left Toronto than Miami is gonna have a great chance to win it. His last season with t.dot he posted 25 and 10 than he got injured. Bosh will destroy Dwight

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrStojanovic Милан Стојановић

    bynum has the same heigt and 50 pounds more

  • ab40

    Again? He’ll gain weight, hurt his knee and play the season out at 225 or lower.

  • Andrew

    More like Bosh woke up and one morning and realised “Yo,Lebron stole my PF spot”

  • Conor

    Bynum is going to eat this team for four to eleven meals a season if he’s learned how to handle double/triple-teams.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Chalmers, Wade, James, Lewis, Bosh. I think Ray will be 1st off the bench.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/GametimeWeezy Gametime

    You really think Rashard Lewis starts over Haslem?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah. Lewis really opens up the offense. He allows LeBron to play the 4 on offense while saving his energy to guard a wing on defense. It really depends how the Heat want to play. If they are picking up the pace even more, like Spoelstra has stated, then I figure they start Lewis and have him and LeBron share the forward positions.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/GametimeWeezy Gametime

    Lewis is a role-player, not a starting 4. He can’t guard wings anymore, that’s Battier’s job. Haslem was hurt last year but that 4-spot is his. I do agree Lewis will open up the offense off the bench though. They have plenty of shooting, Haslem gives them toughness and rebounding. He’ll start but probably only see 25-30 minutes a game. Lewis will see more like 15-20.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/GametimeWeezy Gametime

    I agree, considering that line-up won them a ring, minus the Ray Ray..

  • LakeShow

    I dig.
    Think Shards still got it?
    By ‘got it’ I mean shoot the 3 at over 35% and pretty much do nothing else worth noting…
    He has been on a strong decline the last 2 years.

  • headlines

    lmao I’m out

  • ttttt

    you guys are dumb if yall think battier aint starting the 4

  • uqk

    that’s a big ‘IF’..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    As I said, I believe Lewis will only play the wing on offense. The team gang rebounds so his weakness there won’t hurt too much. And I fully believe his decline is more a product of being unmotivated then actual decline. He’s just turned 33 and as primarily a shooter he can’t decline that much. but you may be right. Infact to start the season you definitely will be right. But I think at some point it will be clear that without playing Wade or LeBron as the PG on offense, that’s the best lineup they have.

  • clydesays

    Bosh has a classic skinny frame, like Durant & KG. He’s basically a sf or skinny pf playing out of position. What’s the point of muscling up? It’ll only lead to injuries.

  • Irishmick

    nice book report Wick……. Copy paste funny thought learn something new

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588405714 Jay El Payaso Watkins

    He should just gain weight period, it’s sad that Manute Bol looked to weigh more than he does

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Don’t know who I hate more… the Heat or the Lakers… nah… Lakers fo sho.

  • Hursty

    “I drink your milkshake, I drink it all up”

  • Dagger

    I’d be very surprised if Allen doesn’t start, as him starting came up during his negotiations with Riley and him being a bench player was a reason he left Boston.

  • Ugh

    He’s a bit short of the requisite 15lbs, isn’t he?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/GametimeWeezy Gametime

    when has Battier EVER started at the 4?

  • ToddGriffin305

    You’re insane

  • http://www.buildmusclemass101.com/ Yomi

    I like that. Chris Bosh is an amazing player and would work hard to do his best for the team. I like his attitude. He’s one of the players I usually look closer to every game.