Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is known for giving honest interviews and wearing his emotions on his sleeve, but the 2012 NBA champion raised more than a few eyebrows by voicing aloud what most other players in the league are thinking, but are afraid to say.
In a recent interview with WQAM (via ProBasketBallTalk) Bosh said the Los Angeles Lakers have the league's best team in the west and probably in the league, at least on paper after adding Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason
What was so hard about that?
The Lakers dominant summer has been well documented and dissected but for some reason league analysts and players seem afraid to acknowledge what should be the sum result of all the Lakers recent moves.
Bosh should be commended for pointing out the obvious.
I can't ever recall any team fielding a starting lineup outside of the 2003-04 Lakers that is comprised of four future Hall of Famers, but unlike that thrown together version that still reached the NBA Finals, this team has a chance to be legendary, at least on paper.
But until the 2012-13 season starts everything concerning the league is relegated to the status of "on paper", but if awards were given out to the NBA's most dominant offseason lineup, the Lakers would definitely win the trophy, so why is everyone so scared to say it.
When Kevin Durant and James Harden were asked to comment on the Lakers new-found fortune during the Jimmy Fallon show, Harden responded with a nonchalant "good for them", and when LeBron James was asked to comment during the Olympics he dismissed the question with a wave of his hand.
Sometimes what a player doesn't say means more than words ever could, but it's nice for a player like Bosh to come along and give the average fan a little perspective.
Anyone with common sense can look at the Lakers roster and surmise that it is probably the most talented in the NBA, but for some reason no fans outside of Los Angeles want to give them the nod as favorites.
I certainly buy into the theory that the Miami Heat are the defending NBA champion until someone dethrones them, and Bosh did qualify his statements by saying that the best team at the beginning of the season doesn't always finish that way, but his words left no doubt about who he thinks is the best team in the NBA right now.
Bosh even went as far to say that the Heat must start over from scratch in terms of earning the respect that true champions deserve.
Miami did improve in the offseason as well by adding Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, but neither one of those players can keep Howard out of the paint, and none of the Heat's other nondescript big men can either.
Some Heat fans have pointed out the potential lineup problems Miami could pose for the Lakers if the teams were to face off in the 2013 NBA Finals, but that river flows both ways, and the Lakers can cause problems all over the court without tinkering with their starting lineup.
I certainly don't want to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder out of the equation, because in order for a Lakers-Heat Finals matchup, the Lakers must dispose of Durant, Harden and the Thunder first. But the prospects of that happening sure look a lot better now.
Of course Durant and Harden will not acknowledge the Lakers as competitors to the throne they so recently acquired, but Chris Bosh sure will.