On the evening of Jan. 21, Chris Bosh sounded sweet and soulful.
On the court, he needs to start getting rough and tumble.
Bosh won the 2013 Battioke, Shane Battier's annual karaoke contest featuring Heat players and executives, for his rendition of Barry White's "My First, My Last, My Everything."
While Bosh isn't quite the Heat's everything, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has repeatedly called him Miami's most important player. That's largely because, night after night, he knows what he is getting from LeBron James in every area. Bosh's effort and energy are a bit more variable, especially when it comes to one of his primary assignments: rebounding.
Offensive consistency has been one of Bosh's strengths throughout his nine-year career, as noted again by this season's similar statistics whether home or road, whether after no days rest or two, whether at the start of the season or the end. And he is shooting a career-high percentage, with exceptional proficiency from deep.
Even so, his inability to clean the glass is not something the Heat can sweep under the, well, wig.
Bosh hasn't had a double-digit-rebound outing since Dec. 29, and in the 10 games since, he has grabbed more than six only once. Sometimes, he looks like an outfielder watching a fly ball soar over his head rather than reaching up to try to snatch it.
That has played a role in Miami ranking last in the league in total rebounds, and not much higher in most of the other rebounding categories.
"I'm my own toughest critic," Bosh said Tuesday. "I realize that I need to do better."
That was a change in tune from much of what he has said of late.
*All quotes for this piece were collected through the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for The Palm Beach Post.