Chicago Bulls Need to Bash Chris Bosh, and Why the Fuss About Noah's Gay Slur?

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIMay 23, 2011

MIAMI, FL - MAY 22:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat reacts after he dunked against the Chicago Bulls in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Chris Bosh went off on the Chicago Bulls for 34 points on Sunday in Game 3 of the series after scoring 30 in the first game, and I'm thinking, "What is wrong with this picture?"

The Miami Heat have LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the Bulls are letting Bosh beat them—the guy who admitted in the last round that he was intimidated by the Boston crowd and let it affect his game.

Quoting from an blog, Bosh said, "My emotions got the best of me early on, and it kind of dictated what I was doing for the rest of the game."

What he did for the rest of that game was score six points on 1-for-6 shooting, grabbing five rebounds.

If he can be spooked so easily, why are the Bulls, allegedly the toughest defensive team in the league, leaving him open for jumpers, and giving him a clear path to the basket?

I think it's "Hammer Time," and by that I mean it's time to take the shackles off of Kurt Thomas and have him put the fear of God into Chris Bosh.

I'm not saying to do anything illegal or even a flagrant foul, but a good old-fashioned hard foul like they used to dish out in the old days, when a player drove the lane.

You need to get in his head and make him think a little bit before his next shot. Maybe that will keep him from attacking the basket and throw him off his game, because I can't stomach seeing him pounding his chest again like he did after a dunk Sunday.

In the classic song from Alanis Morissette several years ago, "You Oughta Know," when talking about a former boyfriend who dumped her, she commented about scratching her nails down someone else's back and said, "Can you feel it?"

I want Bosh to feel it on Tuesday.

I can take getting beat by Wade or LeBron, but I can't take getting beat by him.

Besides the reason I gave, I don't think it would hurt to get Thomas into the game, because he will give the Bulls a little more offense in the post and because he can hit a 12-foot jump shot.

The Bulls need to spread the floor more and try to isolate Derrick Rose, because if he has no room to operate, this series will be over in short order.

It's time for Coach Tom Thibodeau to earn his Coach of the Year award and find a way to open up the Bulls' offense. Hopefully he heeds what I say and doesn't stick to what got him here, because it clearly is not working against a very athletic and skilled Miami team that is playing its best ball of the season.

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 by the NBA after uttering a gay slur to a fan that got under his skin, supposedly talking about his mother among other things.

This follows Kobe Bryant using the same word when he was upset by a referee's call in a game and getting fined $100,000 for his indiscretion.

A big deal is being made of it, and some observers thought he should have been fined more than Bryant.

That doesn't matter to me but this does—why does a word that means a "bundle of sticks" in the World English Dictionary get such a reaction out of people?

If you're British and say, "Give me a fag," you're talking about a cigarette.

I know it is also used as a gay slur, and that's where the problem lies, but did either Kobe or Noah mean it that way?

They were not being offensive to the gay community, and weren't even thinking that way when they said it. It had nothing to do with that.

It was a comment made in anger without thinking, but there was no animosity from either of them towards the target it landed on.

It was just words that guys probably say all of the time when getting together drinking or playing ball.

I know words can hurt, especially in this politically correct society we live in today, but why don't people lighten up?

If they went to a gay neighborhood and said it to someone with full intention of what they were doing, then there is a problem.

I don't think it's right to say it, but considering there was no bad intent on their part, let me use a basketball term—no harm, no foul.