Chris Bosh: Miami Heat All-Star Desperately Needs NBA Lockout to End
For one, Bosh is the "third piece" of the Big Three alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami. This Big Three seemed more like the "Big Two" for the majority of the 2010-2011 NBA season. Last season, Bosh had one of the more mediocre, average seasons when it came to production.
Bosh put up just 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, easily his worst numbers since his second season in the league in 2004 with the Toronto Raptors. The 8.3 rebounds per game are the worst average since his rookie season, when he averaged 7.4 a contest in 33.5 minutes per game.
Granted, with multiple superstars on a team, it is inevitable for one or two players to suffer in their numbers. Yet, it is Bosh who fails to compare to others in the league, when he should in fact be at his prime at age 27.
You have Bosh posting up 18 points and eight rebounds a contest while Boston Celtics future Hall of Fame talent Kevin Garnett is posting 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game with the C's. It is Garnett that is 35 years old, and he also plays alongside two big-time players in Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.
At age 27 and in his prime, Bosh is expected to be out-playing players like Garnett who are on their way out of the league.
Bosh is a player on a mission to prove he is better than the player he proved he was last season. In an interview with Sports Day DFW following the NBA Finals, Bosh said he wished he would have done more in those losses in the series with the Dallas Mavericks.
Does Bosh Need this Season to Prove Himself?
"I was frustrated that I would have liked to have gotten more involved, but I was just playing the game as it went," Bosh said.
Bosh had just three shot attempts in the second half and nine in Game 6 of the series, numbers that must improve drastically for him to earn the six-year, $110 million deal he was given just one year ago.
The All-Star is also in need of a season to avoid off-the-court distractions that inevitably take a toll on players in the league.
According to Fox News, the most recent update came just this past week, as Bosh is now expecting to be a father. This becomes a distraction to his game as well as another obstacle preventing Bosh from a smooth transition back into playing basketball in the league. Having a child gives Bosh a new set of priorities and certainly will make things all the more difficult coming back to the court.
Bosh needs this season more than any player in the league, as he is a player in his prime in need of a breakout season to prove his worth. As the off-the-court distractions will only increase, it will only worsen Bosh's case.
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