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Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 11:40 am  |  43 responses

Chris Bosh Admits He Lacked Hunger Last Season


The Miami Heat may have won their second straight NBA championship last season, but Chris Bosh says he wasn’t at his best (physically and mentally.) Bosh is aiming to put together the best year of his career, and says he’s much more driven this time around. Per the AP: “Bosh couldn’t stop assessing his season with the Miami Heat and wound up coming to a somewhat surprising conclusion: He could have done much more. So this season, with a third straight title being the ultimate goal that the Heat will start to chase when training camp opens this week, Bosh also has a personal goal in mind. ‘To be quite frank,’ Bosh said. ‘I’m trying to have the best season of my career.’ That’s big words from someone who enters his 11th pro season with career averages of 19.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, and is coming off a season where he shot a career-best 53 percent from the field. But as Bosh spent time in Spain, France, Morocco, Italy, India and ‘a whole lot of Porto places,’ he said, he kept thinking back to moments that got away, even in a year where Miami won 66 games and posted a 27-game winning streak. Something, for whatever reason, was missing, he said. ‘I’ve really been hard on myself for not having that hunger last year,’ Bosh said. ‘I can’t believe I didn’t have it. But I’m excited. That’s part of the reason why I’m so eager and ready to really get this season started. I feel I have a lot of things to prove this year. I want to be one of the best players in the league and I have the ability to do that — of course, within the teamwork that we already have. But there’s another level I can take it to.’ [...] At this point, it’s not about reinventing his game, but refining it. Bosh insists that whatever ailed him last season won’t be an issue when coach Erik Spoelstra blows the season’s first whistle on Tuesday. ‘I want to carry more of the load on offense and on defense,’ Bosh said. ‘It’s going to take more if we want to win three in a row. And that’s the goal.’”

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  • Saleem Rainman

    I think it was last offseason (or the one before that?)that he wanted to get back into double digit rebounding too, he came well short of such a modest goal, especially since he doesn’t need to go out there and average 20 a game anymore… So i doubt it. Dude just hasnt been the same since he left Toronto.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Bosh needs to get back to catching the ball from 18 feet and in. I get the importance of spacing, but picking and then popping from 24 feet out is not the answer.

  • Smits#45

    Wow… I’m amazed that he would admit such a thing. Even though it was pretty obvious that he wasn’t “hungry” I don’t think that a lot of other players would admit this. Don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing though.

  • Wings23

    I thought Velociraptors were always hungry

  • pposse

    this all coming from the fact he dropped 0 pts in the finals. That has to be the ‘moment’ he is constantly thinking of. I wouldn’t put it past Wade and Bron to constantly clown on him for that game 7 performance. I know I would.

  • bike

    He’s finally getting in touch with his inner reptilian self.

  • RunNGun

    I wish I could be paid 100M to not be hungry.

  • Sean B

    You’re not good enough at anything to get paid that much. So instead you envy those who are.

  • Rig Veda

    I think it is obvious that if he does not perform this coming season, his ass will be on the chopping block. Miami is paying premium price for 3 star players, but they get 2.5 at best and most of the time at 2.25. Miami got Oden and Beasely to replace Bosh for the next season assuming Oden is healthy enough. I think Bosh is making noise now to get more attention.

  • RKJ92

    LOL such a dumb comment, how would one of Miami’s premier players be on a chopping block.. I’ll let you think about that for a minute..
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    Bosh was key in both playoffs Miami had won the championship, and there is a 100% chance he will be resigned; it will just be for less money.
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    Oden, and Beasley were signed to strengthen their bench with the departure of Mike Miller, and the eventual departure of Joel Anthony — Oden, and Beasley were signed to replace both players.

  • C.M.G

    Such a dumb response, its obvious if chris bosh doesn’t step his game up he will definitely be a candidate to be moved before next season….yes i would say he is premier player on that team and in the league period, but at the end of the day premier power forwards don’t average 3 boards a game in the semi-finals and the finals…..let alone not able to average even ten pts a game in the finals two series of the play-offs….unacceptable ESPECIALLY when wade is able to do more with two bad knees.

  • RKJ92

    Ok, Ok hold on for one second..
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    So as a gm you’re telling me you would break up the core nucleus of a championship team, in hopes of signing someone with even half the talent Bosh has, and still hope to compete for a championship? even though CLEARLY you could resign Bosh, and Wade to new contracts, and add another piece that Miami may be lacking by the end of the season with the extra cap room.
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    Good thing you’re not a gm of any team.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    He doesn’t need to be the same

    Chris Bosh and Oden is like a more offensive less defensive front court

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Oden stays healthy and bosh goes back to playing top of the lane.. his point production and rebound production will increase

    Having to box out 5′s takes a toll on bosh but having to guard smaller fours his length will help him get more rebounds.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    but without that tip rebound.. bron and wade wouldn’t have +1 to their ring collection. Bosh isn’t a center he needs to go to his natural habitat of top of the lane and play the high post. If i were bosh I’d be making sure Oden improves so that the new twin towers come to the nba. and LBJ finally has a front court that can help him win 2 or 3 more rings.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, there will be no extra cap room. that’s the problem. — they aren’t trading Bosh or letting him walk for “half the talent” but they don’t gain any cap room either way. They are too far over the limit.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Chris Bosh and Oden could form something special

    I think if bosh returns to the high post he’ll go back to how he was on the raptors.

    Low Post banging isn’t his forte.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    If i was miami i would immediately try to trade wade for someone like OJ mayo and good point guard. I will do OJ mayo and B. Knight for Wade and Chalmers.

    Health will destroy this dynasty.

    Wade needs that fountain of youth because that last finals was won on JUMPSHOTS JUMPSHOTS in the midrange and you know that’s not something to rely on

  • RKJ92

    I know that, and you know that, but they aren’t just going to stand pat, moves have to be made, and I remain confident in Miami’s Heats front office.
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    When you have a winning nucleus you do everything in your power to keep the main pieces together; everybody else is expendable, and can be traded, or let go.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Greg Oden is not a significant part of any of Miami’s plans. They are just taking a flyer on his ability to play like 15 minute sin the playoffs. There is not “something special” that Miami will even TRY to create.

  • RKJ92

    Oden, and Bosh is a nice combo for sure WHEN Oden is able to play if that even happens (probably just for the playoffs) because of the spacing Bosh creates; this will give Oden room to do the dirty work Miami needs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    we don’t know that they will win again. and we don’t know what kind of contract Bosh/Wade will want. i just wouldn’t get too far ahead of myself here. Bosh isn’t turning himself into a trade chip either way, AVDTM doesn’t know what he’s talking about at all, but we don’t know what happens in the future roster wise.

  • jmm

    A modest goal? Five people in the whole NBA managed it last season and you count that as something that’s reasonably achieved?

  • RKJ92

    I understand what your saying but Milwaukee wouldn’t pull the trigger on that deal, you’re essentially trading youth, for someone in the decline of their career, and a solid pg.
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    Miami will have to wait this out, I don’t think you will find many offers for Wade that will benefit Miami.

  • RKJ92

    I agree, random poster’s are usually clueless but what can you do it’s a site for everyone you know? :-/
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    I also agree there are too many if’s to decide Miami’s future but, it’s safe to say they have a competent front office, they have now resigned Spoelstra , and the team seems to be headed in the right direction.
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    The deciding factor will be whether they win the championship or not. If they win I expect contract sacrifices, if they don’t moves have to be made.
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    Either way I remain confident in the core staying put, regardless of cap, which can always be fixed.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Why? Spolestra is a clever coach. Eddy curry has a different skill set and different journey.

    Oden never reached his potential due to his injuries. What if Heat can bring that out?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well he’s still injured. that’s why.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    no he’s not

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “I know it’s going to be a long process. Just getting back on the court, when I step on the court, if I play five minutes, and I step off the court and I’m healthy, and I’m able to play the next game, that’s what I’m worried about. For me, that would be the biggest smile on my face, being able to play in games.” – Greg Oden, August 10, 2013
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    yes, he is.

  • C.M.G

    what extra cap-room….the league minimum?? and im saying if the heat wouldn’t of won the title last year, who do you think would of gotten the lions share of the blame…you could argue wade, but he did more than bosh playing as a shadow of himself and miami loves that man. and the heat dont really need somebody of bosh’s talents to win it all. he was invisible last year down the stretch in the play-offs. bring in somebody who can rebound, score from the post and maybe hit 15 ft jumper. i would definitely considering trading bosh ONLY if the team wasnt living up to expectations. for what he’s getting paid i can bring in two big bodies who can average what he did, and still have cap-roon left over from his contract being off the books. and oh yea i forgot the raptors have the best gm in the league LMAO…not

  • Drig

    Wait a minute………….you’re telling me Heat signed a player who can’t even stay healthy off the court!?! To a GUARANTEED year long contract?!?!

    ………………Why?

  • Busta213

    Low risk vs potential high reward. If you can get a potential impact player at a position you sorely lack at and only have to pay the league minimum to get him, its worth the risk.

  • Busta213

    I dont think the Bucks are about building for the future – they want to have some success now. I could more see the Bucks as willing to take the risk on and unleashing Wade than I can see the Heat trading away their favourite son.

  • Drig

    Now I get it. I was under the impression the Heat signed him when they were under the cap. It seems like they were over the cap from the start…….

  • Evan Boland

    Bosh isn’t on the chopping block this season. But if Heat fail to threepeat and Bosh has a mediocre season..

  • Busta213

    More than 5 players averaged 10 rebounds per game last season.
    Bosh’s rebound rate wasnt that impressive and there were certainly games when the Heat appeared to be desperate for a rebounding presence. Considering he has less offensive responsibilities, it seemed like a reasonable goal.

  • pposse

    no doubt he had a hand in winning game 6 majorly. But if you take a step back and just look at it, the play was won by Bosh before it ever even happened because Popovich foolishly subbed out Tim Duncan on defense. Its safe to say that Duncan in all likelihood would have helped coral atleast one of those defensive rebounds.

    But I agree Bosh must go to his natural habitat..i hear they are making a jurassic park off the coast of vietnam.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Considering he averaged 24 and 11 before he went to miami and as i said he doesnt have to average that 20 in Miami so he shud at least be able to rebound at least at the same rate…yes. a modest goal.

  • Caboose

    Little harsh…

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    it’s not nice to backbite about somebody physical appearance. Regardless of whether they make millions of dollars. Entertainers still have human emotion.

  • grgeblck

    Didnt he said this too after the first championship?

  • Evan Boland

    He wouldn’t be surprised if Oden stays healthy? Really?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    nah bro.

    how long he’s taken to heal his body. redistribute his weight. it’s time for a rejuvenated career.

    whose your favorite player and who do you have winning champiosnship

  • Evan Boland

    KG, Kobe.

    And man, I don’t know. I don’t think the Heat make it through the east, though. It all depends on health. A healthy Brooklyn could take it.

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