Chris Bosh No Longer ‘Frightened’ By Center Role

by April 19, 2011

Bosh’s aversion to playing the 5 has been well documented this season, but against the Sixers in the Playoffs, it’s a role he’s come to slowly accept. From the Sun-Sentinel: “When the season began, Heat forward Chris Bosh cringed at the thought of playing too much at the center position. He’s changed his tune thus far in the postseason. Because of Philadelphia’s speed at the position, Bosh has played extended minutes at center. His role is expected to remain the same throughout the series. ‘It just took some time to get comfortable to it,’ Bosh said. ‘At first, I was kind of frightened. I didn’t really want to play the five. I know I’ve said that a bunch of times.’ Bosh gives the Heat another option of defending Spencer Hawes or when the Sixers use reserve Tony Battie in the middle. When Bosh moves to center, forward LeBron James switches to power forward. ‘It’s just a matter of building chemistry with that lineup because some things are going to be a little different,’ Bosh said.”