Chris Bosh Admits He Lacked Hunger Last Season

by September 30, 2013

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.'”