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Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  37 responses

Chris Bosh Says the Miami Heat Don’t Have the Same Fire and Motivation


After getting embarrassed at home last night, Chris Bosh admitted that the defending champion Miami Heat have yet to find the motivation to play their best basketball. This echoes comments made by teammates Udonis Haslem and LeBron James. Per Fox Sports: “Pat Riley is one of the greatest coaches ever. But he only once won back-to-back titles. There’s a reason for that. It’s very hard to do. Riley, who has coached teams to five NBA crowns, calls it the Disease of More. After a team wins a championship, Miami forward Shane Battier said Riley has told him that guys want ‘more playing time, more shots, more glory.’ Maybe it’s not the Disease of More on the Heat since they seem to be a pretty unselfish bunch. But perhaps it’s the Disease of Malaise considering it’s much more difficult to get motivated after winning a title. [...] It’s clear the Heat (12-5) haven’t been as hungry this season as they were in 2011-12, when they were driven by the devastating loss to Dallas in the 2011 NBA Finals. Just ask Miami center Chris Bosh. ‘Yes, it’s impossible to have that same fire, that same hunger,’ Bosh admitted. ‘The hunger changes, but we don’t have the same motivation and we have to find different motivations now. And I think that motiviation is always just trying to be the best and sometimes you got to be knocked down a few times in order to get that back.’”

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  • shockexchange

    King James too busy hanging out with Warren Buffett, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, JayZ, Cher, et. al. http://clicky.me/7Jk6 … He has totally lost his focus.

  • roscoe

    The question is will the minions begin to criticize the “Chosen One” inability to lead.

  • Sizzle

    “He has totally lost his focus.” That is why he had a triple double against the Wiz and flirted with one last night. He is the only one on the floor that looks focused with a fire. Wade looks like he is going through the motions and Bosh seems uncomfortable playing the 5 spot. You’re just the typical Lebron Hater. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • shockexchange

    The LeBron of last year would have gotten into his teammates’ rear ends for how they were playing. He seems to be accepting defeat. Statistically he had very good game last night. However, the majority of the second half he refused to look at the basket in mid-range and got frustrated when the Knicks denied his power moves to the basketball. The Knicks did a great job of applying the “LeBron Rules” last night.

  • Dagger

    He’s the one player on the Heat who hasn’t lost his focus. But why am I even responding to this garbage?

  • Gman

    needs to go back to the post the whole game.

  • shockexchange

    The Heat, including LeBron, does not have the same sense of urgency as last year. He and the Heat look complacent.

  • Sizzle

    If limiting a player to a state line of 31 pts, 10 rebs, 9 assts, and 3 steals is “a great job of applying the “LeBron Rules” I won’t even bother looking at them. They are probably dumber than the 2012 end of the world theories.

  • shockexchange

    Statistically he had a good game. But in the second half the Knicks forced LeBron to attack from the mid-range and he literally refused to do it. LeBron had a great stat line, but the “LeBron Rules” led to a 20 point loss and that proverbial “Ana Mae.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Exactly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Feeling bad for LeBron and Kobe this year. Both balling hard but their teams not so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    You’re making yourself look foolish. When they were trailing against Brooklyn he and Wade put their feet down and went buck. Than a triple double against Washington, and he was a monster last night, constantly trying to rally his team.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the heat are not playing with the same fire. pun gun time

  • shockexchange

    The defending NBA champs are 12-5, the 5th best record in the L. Last night they got smacked by 20 by the Knicks sans-Amare and Melo. The Shock Exchange rests his case.

  • Dymez

    I’m sure if Carmelo Anthony played last night the Heat would’ve given a much better effort. They just aren’t getting up for these lesser teams. The Wizards lost was the pure definition of a Trap Game, and looking across the line and not seeing Melo after looking forward to it for so long was a demotivator (they were sitting there in their fancy new white hot uniforms feeling like they’d just been tricked into playing that game). Bosh is right, though. Sometimes the best cure for this is to continue losing these games until you’ve had enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    People are so misguided. I don’t think he’s a very good leader, and he certainly isn’t a late game performer, but really, he’s balling so hard this season. The only Heat player consistently coming to play night in night out.

  • charliewinning

    The Knicks already beat them by 20 earlier in the season, and they have the best record in the East. Explain how that constitutes a so-called lesser team. Your whole argument has zero merit and zero logic to it given the facts of where these two teams are now. The truth is that the Heat are complacent after one championship win, and they are not currently the best team in the league.

  • everynowhere

    OK since no one else wants to say it….Wade’s lost a step

  • Sparker

    rocky did it over and over (and over). what’s the big deal?

  • roscoe

    oh i agree… on the floor he has tons of confidence… passing… picks and chooses well… shoots from the outside off the dribble well w/out question… great rebounding… driving to the hoop like a beast… solid D… its all there…

    except getting the rest of the team on the same page.

    other superstars have received the leadership criticism and its time for bron bron to get it.

    i think this is where tim duncan does not get enough credit… year in year out his teammates bring it, but for bron bron it can’t be said.

  • theDankerNuggets

    they do look complacent, but to blame that on Lebron hanging out with Warren Buffet, Jay-Z etc. is soo ridiculous. If you would have read the article you’d understand that this team has lost motivation to play hard in meaningless regular season games after winning the Chip last year, just like Pat Riley has said, and just like what happened to the Mavs last year

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    they got too comfortable

  • shockexchange

    (King James voice) “I know way too many people here right now that I didn’t know last year. Who the ____ are ya’ll?”

  • freddy

    Lebron has actually lead the league in fourth quarter points in multiple seasons, so where your evidence comes from that he doesn’t perform late in games is beyond me. Plus, he lead a bunch of bums to the finals when he was in the Cavs. Wade and Bosh are to blame. Two guys who were their team’s star players shouldnt need Lebron to tell them to get it together.

  • roscoe

    i love it… you say it is not Bron bron, but wade and bosh.

    Whose team is it Freddy????

  • roscoe

    Ana Mae reference got you a vote. woah.

  • roscoe

    *whoa

  • Dymez

    Jesus Christ, this kid…. Fist of all, it’s not an “argument.” I didn’t call the New York Knicks a lesser team — the New York Knicks *without Carmelo Anthony* are a lesser team. The Wizards are a lesser team. The San Antonio Spurs without Duncan, Parker, Ginobili are a lesser team. Miami doesn’t gear up for lesser teams, which is what this article is all about to begin with. I don’t get how was that difficult to understand.

    Now, the only explanation for you would be if you TRULY believe that the Knicks are an elite team without Carmelo Anthony. However, if you do, I’d like to see the results of your drug test before we continue this discussion.

  • theDankerNuggets

    Finals MVP trophies change things

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaluNewYorker Jerry Alex

    you can say the Heat didn’t play with fire in that game either because they said they didn’t think they should’ve been playing so soon after Sandy.

  • asobo

    Lebrons the best- but he s not the most competitive guy in the league. Of of- but not the. repeating is hard- threepeating , etc, takes a crazy will to win – that only two guys in recent history- have done- and happen to be the most competitive mofos ever. the drive to go all out every practise , every day, every game even against bums- you gotta be some kinda crazy, some kinda great. and lebron- as great as he is- is a normal nice guy. even after a ring- he s not suddenly become mean. i think a part of him will be satisfied with say- three rings all up- and would b happy for say paul to win a ring if he didnt. whereas you can tell with kobe- the guy wants it all – all the time.

  • shockexchange

    I think you are making the Shock Exchange’s point.

  • theDankerNuggets

    If your trying to say I’m giving respect where respect is due than yes

  • charliewinning

    Carmelo played the first time they lost by 20. And you didn’t specify any of that other stuff before so don’t try to act like my comment came out of nowhere. When your explanation is longer than your original comment clearly you left some room for misinterpretation.

  • charliewinning

    That makes no sense whatsoever. The visiting team was less motivated than the home team where the storm actually took place? Just because Wade was being an insensitive jerk and back peddled to give that explanation doesn’t mean that subject has any place in this discussion. Miami stans are funny

  • Dymez

    Seriously? Because in my original comment, I led in with: “I’m sure if Carmelo Anthony played last night the Heat would’ve given a much better effort. They just aren’t getting up for these lesser teams.” Yet, out of that you got it as the Knicks, with Melo, are a lesser team. I left no room for misinterpretation, you saw “lesser team” and jumped to conclusions.

    Also, an explanation will always be longer than an original comment because it’s a detailed breakdown of said comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaluNewYorker Jerry Alex

    i am FAR from a Heat fan you can say i dislike the heat if anything, also not a Knicks fan though. it’s just my opinion. It makes complete sense dude.

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