Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  21 responses

Chris Bosh Happy to Put Ego Aside to Keep Winning

In stature, Chris Bosh is the smallest of the Miami Heat’s vaunted Big Three. And though he has dreams of being a greater star, Bosh knows and accepts that taking on a smaller role is the smart and successful play. Per SI: “‘I always thought about being The Man,’ said Chris Bosh, who then invoked a name greater than his alpha-and-omega teammate. ‘I always wanted to be Jordan. That’s what I wanted to be.’ The stats say Bosh is not and never will be Jordan — or LeBron James either. In these playoffs Bosh is averaging 14 points and 7.1 rebounds for Miami. Of far greater importance to Bosh are the championship he helped win last season and the 10 playoff games he has helped the Heat win this season — and the six more wins they’ll need over the weeks ahead. [...] Bosh at 6-foot-11 never wanted to be a center, but here he is in the Eastern finals, three inches shorter and 45 pounds lighter than his assignment. ‘One thing I’ve learned since I’ve been here is what you really have to sacrifice in order to be on a winning team,’ said Bosh. ‘A case in point is guarding Roy Hibbert. If I had my choice, I [wouldn't] want to wrestle with that guy for a whole game. Him and David West? Well, David West I probably have to — but not Roy Hibbert. But I’m going to have to come in, do my job, do it well in order for us to win.’ [...] ‘That’s why for three years we’ve said he’s our most important player,’ said Spoelstra. ‘Because he had been a proven No. 1 option that had the maturity and ego to be able to accept a totally different role, and a role that was initially uncomfortable for him. We’d put him in so many different places where he hadn’t played before. But it took him to be able to accept and adapt to all of that for us to truly unlock our versatility.’ After being raised as a young star in an American basketball culture that teaches players to view themselves in terms of their stats, Bosh at 29 has learned to see success from a new perspective. ‘I had to reprogram myself,’ he admitted. ‘You have to submerge yourself in the team, and sometimes it’s doing things you don’t want to do. It’s whatever the team needs, and usually you have to listen to your coach to know what the team needs. You can’t be like, well, this is what I’m going to do to help this team. It doesn’t work like that.’”

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , , , ,

  • i_ball

    He gets paid as a number one guy so I don’t see a problem for him

  • i_ball

    He gets paid as a number one guy so I don’t see a problem for him

  • Lloyd

    And gets to piggy back his way to championships while still being a stable contributor. But yea, I’d damn sure keep my ego in check for $110 million.

  • Lloyd

    And gets to piggy back his way to championships while still being a stable contributor. But yea, I’d damn sure keep my ego in check for $110 million.

  • Clément

    In stature he’s the smallest? LOL he’s taller than both DWade and LBJ, c’mon SLAM…

  • Gman

    I wouldnt say piggy back. He is a legitimate player that is helping them go towards that chip.

  • Gman

    lol You know stature can mean height and/or importance, depending on the authors use of the word…right?

  • Caboose

    Bosh is STILL whining about playing center at 6’11, 235. I don’t hear the same complaints from Birdman at 6’10, 225. Suck it up, Chris.

  • spit hot fiyah

    well he can fly, not much to complain about

  • underdog

    Chris Bosh is happy not to have to carry a team on his back. (In all fairness, he’s doing a good job on the Heat, though.)

  • robb

    Get inside the paint and play like a big man you weirdo.

  • 1982

    Was just about to say this… I get that he was once the number one option. On a championship squad though, he’ll never be the go to leader simply because he’s not that guy. An underrated second or third option sure, and no one notices or mentions it until he’s injured or disappears. But he wouldn’t be shooting open threes or 17 footers if he was the offense.

  • Melanie Eric

    my bеѕt friеոd’ѕ ѕtеp-ѕiѕtеr mаkеѕ  $70 еvеry հоur оո tհе lаptоp.  ѕհе հаѕ bееո firеd fоr ѕix   mоոtհѕ but lаѕt mоոtհ հеr iոсоmе  wаѕ  $21413 juѕt wоrkiոg оո tհе lаptоp  fоr а fеw հоurѕ. հеrе’ѕ tհе  ѕitе tо rеаd mоrе, ..Fox83.com

  • GMR

    A LOT of people are the #1 option on horrible teams…doesn’t really qualify you as being a true #1. I mean the fact that an (almost) 7 footer is playing basketball for a living isn’t even that shocking. What in the hell is there to even have an ego about? You are a basketball player for crying out loud..not like you are changing the world or anything.

  • ‘Bout It

    They could have chosen a better word. Least prominent, least recognized, etc. Stature is an awkward word choice even if you know that it can mean different things, especially without some type of qualifier.

  • Judah1012

    Yeah. Because he didn’t do so well not playing solely in the paint last season. Mad at how the game has changed? How many 3rd options are good for 15 and 9 like he put up in the Finals last season?

  • robb

    I’m not mad at anything but when a team’s main problem is size and there’s a 6’11 guy playing around the perimeter, it bothers me.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Random jab at basketball in America. Lol

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    They probably assumed people knew how to use context clues. Big assumption.

  • Bandwagonfan

    Bron will work on paint and him shooting the perimeter. They have their own strength. Admit it that he got a better shot than bron

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    he still got game