Chris Bosh was not too pleased following Miami’s loss to the Trail Blazers last night. This was their fifth in a row and he was quite vocal about his displeasure with the lack of touches he is getting in Miami’s offensive system.
When Bosh left Toronto in the offseason to join the big three in Miami he knew exactly what he was getting himself into. By joining forces with Dwayne Wade and LeBron James he knew very well that this would be like no team he has ever played on before.
This is not Team USA and this is not NBA All-Star weekend. This is his actual team. Sorry I didn’t mean to say “his” team, what I meant to say was this is “the team he is playing for".
Some will say this is still Dwayne Wade’s team, although in my opinion you can’t help but accept that it's LeBron’s team and possibly even LeBron’s league.
Nevertheless, the point I’m trying to make here is that Chris Bosh knew when he left Toronto that he was going to be the third option on offense and that means his numbers will decline.
Being the third option on offense, Bosh must realize that he cannot always get the ball where he wants it, which judging by his statement following yesterday’s game is what he thinks should happen.
Bosh said: "It is common sense, we can talk about it, but I think it's evident...I just have to get it where I'm effective. I'm a big man. I can shoot the ball but I'm a big man. So I have to get it where big guys get it. Then I feel I can start helping out this team more."
Does he think he’s still in Toronto?
To be honest, I actually agree with what Bosh is saying; I may not agree with the way he went about saying it but I certainly do think he makes a valid point.
If Miami wants to have the big three/All-Star caliber Chris Bosh out there on the floor each night (like we had in Toronto) than they’re going to have to treat him like an All-Star, as was the case here in Toronto.
While playing for the Raptors, Bosh got the ball wherever he wanted and whenever he wanted. Ideally, this was in the low post as much as possible early in the game and then basically wherever for the rest of it.
This “wherever” is actually quite important because it reflects the fact that when Bosh is dominating the low post and driving to the hoop he can literally move back and score from wherever else he wants.
This is the beauty of being able to throw opposing defenses off track by working inside and out; however, in order to do this he needs a lot more creative freedom then he is currently being offered in Miami.
But anyway, let’s get back to how Bosh’s comments impact the Raptors, because that’s what we all came here to see right?
Fellow Raptors fans, we can take solace in the fact that the Chris Bosh, who left in the off-season, was not and never will be the one that is currently a member of the Miami Heat, as long as D-Wade and King James are still there.
Chris Bosh was a star on the Raptors because we offered him creative freedom on offense and rightfully so; he was the best player on our team.
That being said, in Miami, this will never be the case since all the creative freedom they have to offer has been dished out between Dwayne Wade and LeBron James.
In conclusion, I will go out on a limb and say that the Miami Heat player who cried after their game the other night was most likely Chris Bosh. The reason he was crying is because he misses the wonderful city of Toronto!
I hope this has helped ease some of the pain caused by Bosh’s departure over the offseason, and hopefully it will hold us over until draft day, when things will really start looking up for the Raps!
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