Chris Bosh: ‘I’m Not a Popular Guy, I Guess’

by February 04, 2012

It’s yet to be determined whether or not Chris Bosh will be selected as an All-Star reserve, but after being bypassed as a starter for the East, the Miami Heat forward acknowledged his relatively low popularity amongst NBA fans. From the Sun-Sentinel: “Bosh said Friday his only surprise during Thursday’s announcement of All-Star starters was that it was Charles Barkley who rushed to his defense, demanding a recount after New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was voted in as the second East forward alongside the Heat’s LeBron James. Of course, then there was long-time detractor Shaquille O’Neal. The former center and current TNT studio analyst did not initially have Bosh on his list of East reserves after the starters were announced. ‘I never read too much into TV,’ Bosh said. He also never reads too much into NBA popularity contests. ‘I’m not a popular guy, I guess,’ he said matter-of-factly of the fan vote for All-Star starters. ‘I don’t think I am. I don’t appeal to the popular crowd.’ Why? ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘That’s a good question. And you know, it doesn’t really matter to me. I just try to be the best player I can be.’ Dwyane Wade said the popularity will come. ‘Chris is just starting to get into the public eye, in a sense, the last year,’ he said.”