Should Bosh Be Celebrated for Deferring to Lebron, Wade?

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Should Bosh Be Celebrated for Deferring to Lebron, Wade?
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udy Bernal showed the video to his team twice. The first time, the coach figured, his Lanier Voks would be impressed. He replayed it again moments before Lanier met Dallas Lincoln in a Texas Class 4A semifinal a dozen years ago. "This is what you'll be seeing all day if we don't get back on defense," Bernal warned. The tape depicted Lincoln performing one rim-rattling dunk after another. Lanier rewound the film over and over again, pointing at Bryan Hopkins, the team's 5-foot-10 do-everything guard, as he took off from the free throw line and finished spectacularly. Few noticed a tall, sinewy Lincoln player named Chris Bosh. Lincoln was taller and stronger than Lanier. It shot better and jumped higher. On average, the Voks starters gave up 6 inches and 50 pounds to their Lincoln counterparts. Most teams would have been intimidated by that video. If not, they would surely be dismayed before the game, when the teams stared each other down in a hallway before taking the court in front of nearly 15,000 at Austin's Erwin Center. Not the Voks. Bernal instructed his team to respect its opponents, not to fear them. They called themselves the Blonde Bombers, dyeing their hair and shooting long jumpers. They played hard, not dirty — like a team full of future coaches.1

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