NBA Free Agents 2010: Chris Bosh Wants to Be the Man, Is He Delusional?

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJune 22, 2010

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After reading NBA.com and seeing that free agent forward Chris Bosh wants to be the "man" wherever he goes, my first thought was, "Is he crazy?"

I've always thought he was overrated to begin with, and that he was not a premier free agent in this stacked class of free agents. Obviously he has a much higher opinion of himself than I do of him.

He's a player that can be an asset to a team that already has a star player. He would be a nice sidekick, but the "man?"

How has that worked out so far in Toronto?

In seven years in the league, his team has made the playoffs twice and was knocked off in the first round both times. In fact, since he's been there, the Raptors have had a winning record only one time.

Is that a player around whom you can build a team?

Obviously, Toronto couldn't.

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If that is his desire, what teams can he go to that have cap space?

It seems only New York and New Jersey would fit the bill, and since New York has room for two, the other guy better not be named LeBron.

There have been rumors that he might end up in Miami with Dwyane Wade, but I don't think he would be the centerpiece there. Wade just might be a little better than him (actually, a lot).

Chicago has also been thought of as a possible destination, but Chicago is also one of the favorites to land LeBron.

Even if they don't and he were to come to the Bulls, Derrick Rose would still be the star of the team. Bosh might not even be second, because even though he's not a great offensive player, Joakim Noah is probably more valuable to the success of the team than Bosh would be.

It's nice to think highly of yourself, but you also have to be realistic.

Bosh isn't, as these quotes will show.

"I'm not an addition. I'm a centerpiece," he said. "I have to have that confidence in myself, and I want people to know that because I'm not somebody that helps out."

Actually that's exactly what you are, but read on.

"I'm the guy you get like, 'Yo, we're going to win a championship, you're going to take us there.'"

How about taking your team to the playoffs and getting them out of the first round just one time?

He finishes his fantasy with, "I want to hold onto that because I think every kid, when they dream about playing basketball, they don't dream about being a role player. They dream about being the man. I have that position in Toronto and to give that up and go somewhere else to be an addition would kinda defeat the purpose of my dreams."

My dream is to be the General Manager of the Chicago Cubs, but until that happens, I pretend to be one on Bleacher Report.

Sometimes dreams don't happen, Chris. Your mommy should have told you years ago that life is hard and we don't always get what we want.

You're still going to get plenty of money and probably not be worth it, so you should be happy with that.

You're more like an Elton Brand and Zach Randolph, also 20/10 type of players that have never taken their teams anywhere.

So stay in Toronto, Chris, and keep on being the "man," or go to those other destinations that don't have any players that are better than you.

That way you can keep on dreaming that you're going to be the centerpiece of a team that wins the NBA Championship.