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Chris Bosh: The Make-Believe Franchise
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Lack of exposure may be Bosh's best friend. In fact, outside of a silly "Deadbeat Dad" story, even the Toronto media has been overly generous to the Texan.

In any other market however, one would have to raise an eyebrow at his pathetic play this season.

Consider his play against the best teams in the league: he's averaged 17 points per game against the Spurs, 16.5 points per game in four games against Boston, 19 against Cavaliers, and an atrocious 12 points per game against the Lakers while shooting 35 percent.

Fading in almost every crucial and important moment in his career to date while managing to torch helpless sub-par teams who have no hope of guarding a versatile forward like him has, to my surprise, made Bosh a superstar in this league.

As I watched him dominate the Knicks today, I couldn't help but notice that his dominance had virtually no effect on the team's overall success. In fact, the Raptors seemed to get worse the more they worked through him.

The ball movement became non-existent, and overall, outside of three or four post moves, it was a plethora of out-of-the-flow jump shots, including a mind-boggling three-pointer, something he occasionally does despite the fact that he barely shoots 25 percent and plays for a team filled with shooters.

As I watched the Raptors-Knicks game, my friend who is a psychologist made an interesting remark regarding Bosh. "He's very reactive" he said.

He referred to Bosh yelling at his teammates after he himself was making mistakes.  He slammed the ball into the ground after every Knick basket and yelled at the referee.

He added that Bosh is just a mentally fragile player who ultimately lacks focus and allows almost everything around him, from the defender, the referee, to the crowd to impact how he plays.

He would continuously miss players who were wide open, routinely miss defensive assignments, and continuously get out-muscled without much of a fight.

Sure, when one looks back on the night that the Raptors were officially eliminated from the playoffs, they'll say Bosh did his part as they note that his numbers were impressive. But unless you watch how he scored those points, you certainly can't grasp how much his ball-domination or being the focal point of an offense hurts his team.

In fact, when the Raptors finally started to go to Marion, they actually made a run and nearly won the game. For whatever reason, Bosh just hasn't developed the offensive awareness to understand when to shoot, when to pass, when to drive, or when to post up.

For whatever reason, he's just not a very bright player and it shows in key moments of any game.

He's a complimentary player who has no idea how to make those around him better. He's constantly double teamed and shares the floor with some of the best shooters in the league. However, he barely capitalizes on this, and continues to put his head down and charge into double teams, throwing up reckless shots, or  launching fade-aways against guards from 18 feet away in the process 

It has been a tough season to swallow, and to be honest, one can only hope Bosh is someone else's "superstar" next season.

 

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