Is it fatigue? Maybe.
Could it be that he has regressed into the same man who was still trying to find a spot in between two powerhouses like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?
Whatever the problem is, Bosh had better snap out of it before Miami begins to figure out that trading one of the Big Three away, preferably him, would lead to a bunch of cap space, a deeper squad and proposed longevity in the postseason.
However, Pat Riley seems stuck on the notion that this trio is the end-all be-all, and just may forge their identity in the record books. While this could be true (don’t mind me playing GM for a bit), there are a few reasons why the Heat should look at the possibility of using Chris Bosh as a bargaining chip in manufacturing a more efficient franchise.
Chris Bosh has been exceptional at one thing this season: being as inconsistent as humanly possible. It is no secret that this has reflected on how Miami Heat has played as this season is coming to a close. Bosh is nothing close to the most important member of the Big Three, let alone the most important member of the entire team.
Still, it would help Miami’s quest at the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference if he could be a more stable fraction of Miami’s roster. Bosh’s rebounding has suffered during extended bouts in the season, and he is almost a shell of the X-factor we saw last season—his first with the Miami Heat.
Chris Bosh may be a strong power forward, but just as Pau Gasol in the low post for the Los Angeles Lakers, do not expect him to do too much defensively. Yes, he will have spaced out moments where he makes a great block on a for-sure layup and bats the ball into the mid-level seats in the American Airlines Arena.
Yet, everything about his game that he can be applauded for is offensive—well, not really, but really. He averages 17.9 points a game, but refuses to show the same heart on defense he did in last year’s regular season and postseason.
Bosh may not have been the most examined defensive player, but he set out to prove that he was not one of those one-trick ponies (i.e. Amar'e Stoudemire). He anchored the low post and took away the option to drive the lane into the paint.
Now, while Bosh’s length should at least interrupt to more prominent forwards in the league like Kevin Garnett and Carlos Boozer, his bulk-up in the offseason is proving fruitless.
Bosh has not been performing to his potential, but it would not affect other teams’ recruitment of him. A lot of teams could use his length, his offensive capabilities and his defense, no matter how fleeting it may be.
He could play the Gasol-Stoudemire role, as he has for most of the season with Miami. If he could be a more stable force in rebounding, that would be another selling point for a team looking for a solid scoring unit. Bosh’s potential is still really high, and he has a lot of fuel left in his tank for possibly another franchise to utilize.
It wouldn’t be too hard for Miami to unload his contract and get hefty role players in return.
Chris Bosh has been excelling in the mental stutter-step since he arrived in Miami with LeBron to team up with Dwyane Wade. It’s not like he wasn't also highly-touted as one of the grandest new members of the South Beach society, but Bosh struggled to figure out exactly where his contributions fell in the chain of command.
While both James and Wade battle over who is Batman and who is Robin, Bosh sits in the background just waiting to be acknowledged. There are mild mentions of how he can be of assistance to a championship run, but he is rarely recognized as more than an over-emotional NBA softie who has one heck of a mid-range game.
Going from first option in Toronto to third in Miami may have been a huge leap for Bosh; one that he was not truly ready for.
Miami really needs to work on clearing some cap space in order to bring in some talent that ranks at least 3-star at the center position.
Looking towards the 2012 NBA draft and prospects like Fab Melo would undeniably be a good look for the franchise, but there is nothing like exceptional veteran experience to toss into a star-studded lineup like the Heat.
Bosh is a presence in the low post, but he is not the presence Miami needs him to be. They need more power, more size, more defense, a body-banger, etc. There are some centers in the league worth going after, but luring them away from other offers rests on how much cap space the Heat have open and what kind of contract they are willing to offer these top-notch talents.
"Not one, not two, not three, not four..." is a statement that the Miami Heat are being forced to stomach time and time again.
However, this declaration can still be proven true, even if Dwyane Wade is on the wrong side of his years in the league. He still has three or four seasons of dominance left in his legs, and the Heat need to exasperate those years to the best of their ability.
If after this season the compilation does not succeed in winning a championship, it may be time to recognize the formula just will not work. Miami’s successes are not going to be measured by what they can do in the regular season, but by how far from their primary promise to South Beach fans they will fall.
If Bosh is the weakest link at the end of the day, formal and casual goodbyes are warranted.
Chris Bosh does not fit in with the win-by-any-means-necessary attitude of the Miami Heat. No matter how close he comes to influencing the entire tide of a game, Bosh disappears.
He yells a bit and makes that incredibly awkward face that we know and taunt so well. Yet, when you think about the strong personalities of LeBron, Wade and even players like Udonis Haslem, Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers, you see a fire that you just don’t see in Bosh.
For example, when critics were endlessly criticizing the way the trio formed in Miami, while players geared questions more towards the season and negated the fact that they would apologize for how they celebrated in the preseason, Bosh stepped away from the band of brothers and criticized "The Decision."
He admitted that things should have been done differently, but the statement seemed more like throwing LeBron under the bus. It just appears at times that Bosh is not as strong mentally as some of the other men.
The weight of being the villain seems to crush him more and more during his stint in Miami.
Udonis Haslem has no business coming off of the bench. As the team’s co-captain, Haslem has the most heart of anyone on the team. Involving him more in Miami’s offense and defense would do nothing but force him to be that great role player he was before.
Haslem’s mid-range drought could only be explained by his lessened role in the organization. To say the only player influenced by less touches was Bosh, is wrong. Haslem is still a great hustler and should be rewarded with a starting role.
He deserves it.
Moving Chris Bosh would force Haslem to step up to the plate for the Heat and become the diehard player they need him to be. Pushing into the spotlight will make him excel, not fumble.