Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  12 responses

Chris Bosh Says Playing Center is ‘Becoming Natural’

It took time for Chris Bosh to come around on the idea of playing the center position for the Miami Heat — a long time — but he seems to be embracing it, at long last. Bosh says the shift now feels natural. Per ESPN: “When Miami opens the 2012-13 season against the Boston Celtics on Oct. 30, Bosh said he expects to be listed as the starting center. ‘It’s becoming natural to me,’ Bosh said. ‘I have a very unique opportunity to do something very special for myself and my team. I think all the time that you have to evolve and get better. This is me evolving as a player.’ [...] In Miami’s amorphous lineup, the 28-year-old Bosh essentially manned the center role in the playoffs, playing next to forwards Udonis Haslem or Shane Battier as opposed to centers Joel Anthony or Ronny Turiaf in each of his nine postseason starts. ‘It kept happening,’ Bosh said. ‘It’s been happening since my rookie year. When I signed in Miami, I said, ‘That’s it. No more 5!’ Next thing I know, I’m there again. And the coaches, I was just listening to what they were saying. They said, ‘We’re a much better team with you at the 5.’ I said, ‘Well … OK.’ Next thing I know we win a championship. It’s like, ‘Well. I’ve done myself a great service. And I’m gonna be at the center.’ There’s really no debating that. I just accept it and see how I can get better at it.’ [...] Calling himself a center, however, may take some getting used to. ‘The center, I’ve kind of taken the label off it,’ he said. ‘I just want to be out there playing. I just consider myself a player. I’m gonna play my game, I’m not gonna change up anything, I’m gonna try and improve, and if we’re better with me at the center, then I’m willing to do it.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    “And if we could only step aside and trust in nature, life will find a way.” The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

  • bike

    He said the same thing about wearing womens underware.

  • Dev0

    a) can something really ‘become’ natural? it either is or it isn’t
    b) in Toronto, it wasn’t

  • Rob

    I wish that Bosh would have worked with olajuwon this summer.
    I believe that could have help him a lot.

  • LakeShow

    Dwight Howard eat’s pieces of sh*t like you for breakfast!!!
    You eat pieces of sh*t for breakfast???

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • datkid

    noooooo bosh you fool, what about dwight howard??

  • pposse

    its funny how a nimble guy like Bosh says that he evolved into a center, but all the Duncan lovers out there refuse to say he is a Center. Duncan must have de-volved his whole career.

  • elchinas

    Funny how people still lay on him for being soft and girly. Sure he was annoying during his last year in Toronto and acted like a diva when he first landed in Miami, but he has only shown to be more poised and thoughtful over time. He might not be that Shaq-esq dominant guy you want him to be, but his statements here only show maturity and a willingness to reflect — can’t front with that. Stop beating the dead horse peeps, move on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pablo-Diaz/100001073365680 Pablo Diaz

    Last season, I posted a note saying that without Chris Bosh, our season would end. I was right. When C.B. came back, we won!!! But I cant forgive or forget, those fans who kept doggin our boy, C.B. while he was recovering from his sustained injuries. The retarded fans and a certain radio show kept discussing the need to trade an injured player who became injured while working for us, played while injured, and helped us win the Championship. To all those fans who claimed C.B. lacked chemistry with other players. SHAME ON YOU. C.B. is perhaps the most valuble player on this team.

  • Max


  • shutup

    Or maybe Duncan played with another bigman on the floor that let him slide to the 4.