Miami Heat: Does Chris Bosh Deserve an Expanded Role?

Adam DavisCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2011

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 09:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat reacts as he runs up court against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on June 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  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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Unfortunately, we the fans currently find ourselves handcuffed by the NBA owners and Players Association and can only speculate on a season that might not even occur. However, since we do call ourselves true fans, that speculation is just as fun.

Regarding the Miami Heat there is an endless list of topics to discuss, dissect and deflect for the upcoming season, whether it be this year or next. One major idea is what to do with the third wheel known as Chris Bosh.

Toronto Raptors fans will tell you that Bosh is one of the best players to ever suit up for their team but he still falls short of being considered amongst the league's best. He's a tough player who can score and make free throws, but a lay-it-all-on-the-line winner? Hmm, not so much.

That could be due to Bosh's being thrust onto a team who threw almost all of the city's (and country's) hopes on his narrow shoulders, or due to his minor role behind the Empire State Building-esque shadows of LeBron and Wade.

Whatever the reason may be, I'm still a Bosh believer. I believe that he hasn't been given enough of a role on the Heat. Yes, you read that correctly: Bosh needs the rock more. He is one of those unique players with an underlying beast mode that is constantly on the verge of eruption. Think Kevin Garnett.

No, I'm not implying that CB1 is comparable to KG but I am saying that they both know how to slam down a dunk and erupt with such intensity that you wonder how their jerseys don't rip into shreds Hulk-style. Bosh knows how to throw down, but he also has a sweet jumper to accent his dunk ability.

The problem? He needs to be groomed properly. LeBron and Wade doing all the work in Miami clearly didn't work out this past season, and if they want to win it all they need to live up to the Big 3 title. All three of Boston's big three put in contributions towards winning efforts and it brought them a title.

With an expanded role, Bosh could be the extra threat that Miami needs to break down opposing defenses. Allow Bosh to flourish offensively and improve his confidence levels and the Heat become a much deeper team. If they are only looking to him for rebounds and the occasional jumper then he will never be more than an expensive cap hit. Let Bosh dunk, shoot, get fouled and get energized and the Heat will only benefit from it. Hold him back and they're looking at the same story as this past year.

Bosh isn't the guy to give the ball to late in a close game, but rather he's the guy who will help prevent getting into late close-game situations.