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Lets set the record straight on Chris Bosh…

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The Heat, the Bulls, the Knicks, Houston…these are all teams that have expressed interest in getting a top flight free-agent this NBA offseason. Of course Lebron James is the number one free agent wish on everyone’s list. Next you have Dwayne Wade and thirdly Chris Bosh. With no slights to Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Amare Stoudamire, those other guys are the best this ‘class’ has to offer. Now, granted to be in that company is no laughing matter. However, there seem to be a lot of people who seem to think that Chris Bosh might be someone’s option 1A to Lebron and Dwayne. Why?

You know, that was hilarious when Shaq called Bosh the RuPaul of NBA big men. That still gets a chuckle out of me now and again. Bosh has the dreaded soft label, and he has never played for a winner. His teams seem to compete, but he has never really made an impact on the league. Lets cut to the chase however and redefine athletic ability. This man averages more than 20 points and 10 rebounds at 27 years old for around 80 games a season. Now I don’t watch much Toronto basketball, and so beast might not apply in this case, but he definitely brings his A game. Sure he has his drawbacks, and appears to be a little light in the britches, but 20/10 over a season year in and year out is more than most. That takes some serious athletic ability, stamina and basketball IQ when you talk about competing against the best the world has to offer.

My question is, who has he ever played with? A tired Hedo Turkoglu? Who else? As a post player he needs someone to get him the ball, or he needs to get rebounds and putbacks for his points. Lebron and Wade and other players can influence the game all by themselves, but a big man always needs someone else to drive the team if he is the motor. Bosh has never had any decent teammates, and has never done anything of lasting note as far as the NBA is concerned. For all the first round playoff exits by Kevin Garnett, who did he have playing with him? Now Bosh is no Garnett, but the point is that a big man always relies on a solid backcourt. Without one, Garnett in Minnesota remains the example.

Speaking of Garnett, what happened when the TimberWolves got Sprewell and Casell. Conference Finals. The ball was well taken care of by two veteran players, and the big dog always got fed. Now those players were old, and the bench was thin, but look at what they were able to accomplish. A big man is not like a wing player because they don’t handle the ball as much. NBA followers still believe in the Jordan archetype who can dominate a game from the wing and so big men have been devalued recently. Just look at how Boozer and Stoudamire have been devalued in recent years. The problem is that a lot of people believe that Lebron can will a team to a championship with just a ‘Scottie Pippen and some fill-ins’, but that was Jordan alone. Wade and Kobe would have 1 championship between them if it was not for Shaq. Clyde Drexler would have never won 1 without The Dream. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili without Tim Duncan? Detroit without Ben Wallace? Boston without Garnett? Orlando without Dwight Howard? One more? Houston without Yao?

Yes, oh yes Bosh is that kind of big man. Sure, he is a little disheartened by all the losing in Toronto. His labels of soft and second-tier superstar status clearly chafe (and provide motivation to a hungry player). Yes, I know he practically gave up on Toronto at the end of last year. However, I guarantee that whatever team he plays for next year, makes a dent in the playoffs and will be a SERIOUS contender. Lebron’s new team? You can never be sure, because his best bet is to go to the Bulls but Derrick Rose is far from a Jason Kidd type point guard which Lebron needs. If Bosh goes to Miami, they look pretty good. However there is a dark horse out there, that may be on the verge of joining the √©lite if they are listening…

Houston needs to acquire Chris Bosh. Already they have a point guard who can distribute and score, and a solid, tough front line. May the good lord help the rest of the league if he gets paired up with a healthy Yao. Houston has effective, and gritty role players and one of the best coaches in the game. Imagine what Rick Adelman would do with a Chris Bosh setting screens, pick and pop, dumping back down to Yao, Brooks dishing and driving, Ariza off the bench…

Bosh, will get his money. However, the best thing for him to do would be to work out a sign-and-trade to Houston where he has the best chance both win and be happy. That’s way more than I can say for any of the other free-agents to be.

Looks like a real good fit...

Written by lionoah

June 28, 2010 at 14:48