HOOPSWORLD article: Bosh Watch: As the Raptors cleaned out lockers and met with the Press for the final time this season. It’s clear that Toronto’s Chris Bosh is a man conflicted and uncertain as he enters possible free agency in the coming months.

“I just sat there with a blank state of mind with my family at dinner after [the final] game. I don’t know what’s going to happen next,” said Bosh to Micheal Grange of the Globe and Mail. “I have to figure some things out.” Bosh re-stated what Raptors’ president Bryan Colangelo has been saying for the last 18 months.

“No matter what happens, me and Bryan Colangelo agreed to work together. I think that’s important,” said Bosh. “I respect him as a GM, and he respects me as a player. We’re always going to talk.”

What Bosh also is saying is he’s not leaving Toronto high and dry and walking away, if he decides to leave it will be in a sign and trade deal, but he also hasn’t given up on what could be possible in Toronto if they want to spend a little more money. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve looked at other teams and their success and how they do their business,” Bosh explained. “I mean, the best teams in the league every year, you look at Denver, LA, Cleveland, Dallas, Orlando, Boston, those are the main teams that you think of when you think championship, those are the teams that are going to be playing in late May, June. Those are the teams that are playing, and they’re well over [the luxury tax].”

Right there we see the crux of the matter and the first shot from Bosh’s camp that re-signing him will be about mapping out a brighter future than the season that just ended and that starts with other free agents.

“You’re going to have to have somebody else who can really create their own (shot), or … be an all-star,” Bosh said to Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star. “You look at every good team, that’s what they have. And I think if you emulate the teams of the past five years who have won… I think you can’t go wrong.”  Bryan Colangelo knows full well the task in front of him and has been building and assembling pieces for this summer and that includes preparing his ownership for what it will cost to compete.

“The question is, to what degree do you become a tax team?” said Colangelo. “But the (MLSE) board of directors has authorized a certain level of spending that is clearly into the (projected) tax.” “How deep into the tax we go is going to be based on the scenario I present to the board.”

How deep the Raptors are willing to go into Luxury tax will also have a big influence on Bosh’s final decision, something he professes he has not made and won’t make until July.

“Nobody knows [what my future holds],” Bosh said. “Not even me. That’s something only the future holds. Everybody keeps looking for answers. There are no answers right now. There will only be answers when it’s time.”

As we know now, the Toronto Raptors chose not to go into the Luxary tax, even though they have been one of the most successful teams at the box office for 15 years. They also chose for the fifth year in a row since Bryan Colangelo’s helming the team, to not effectively surround one of the élite power forwards in the league with some one with the skill set to take the pressure off him and allow him to play his game. Also the fact that they fired w inexperience coach and filed the spot with an even more inexperienced coach baby sat his pet project who not only never complemented Chris Bosh, but still doesn’t complement the two remaining power forwards left (Amir Johnson and Ed Davis), tells you why Chris Bosh chose to cast his lot with Dwayne Wade (don’t get it twisted Stan Van bitch ass, Lebron joined after).

 (08-09 season)

Man of his detractors have said that Chris Bosh never plays great against Dwight Howard,  Chris Bosh: 40 pts, 18 reb vs. Magic

What I see here is a very dynamic player, whose play dispels the notion that he holds the ball 10 seconds, isolates and then scores. Mind you if this is what the coach’s call then it is on the coach. But when a bitch like Jay Triano accuses his best player of doing exactly what he draws up, then you have to question the coach’s integrity.

Since I have followed Chris Bosh, I have really heard only two players claim to be better players than him. Amar’e Stoudemire is a more athletically gifted player and Zach Randolph, a more physical player with less athleticism and skill set. Now, knowing how the media is, I can see them posing a question in a way to trigger a professional athletes pride and cause them to answer in a way that is sensational and insulting. But despite his athleticism, Stoudemire is not a better rebounder or passer. He is not a better shooter, but he is a better shot blocker. Zack Randolph is a better rebounder and better scorer, but it stops there. Is it professional jealousy or media instigation? I don’t know, but while al three are good players, consistency is the litmus test and the NBA experts have often said that Chris Bosh is one of the most efficient player in the game and the most efficient big man. Chris Bosh has also been tabbed with Pau Gasol as the two best players at their position.

Still let’s read some more observations on the “soft, under rated” Chris Bosh.

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The following are two posting from a blog by a cat called Khandor, whose basketball judgment I would take over many of these so called experts in and outside the Raptors and Miami Heat organization.

De-constructing the mystery that is Chris Bosh

By khandor

In the NBA, Chris Bosh is … and has always been … a Finesse Center/5.
Chris Bosh (6-10, 230, Lefty) is not a Power Forward/4.
Never has been; never will be.  In fact, Chris Bosh is not a Power player, at all. In the NBA, Chris Bosh has few, if any, ‘Mismatch Advantages’ when he isn’t playing the Center position. Is Chris Bosh a franchise player?

YES, he is … but not THE kind of player many THINK he is …  nor the kind of player he’s been made to play as, to this point in his pro career, as a Core Member of  the Toronto Raptors, under the Leadership of Rob Babcock & Bryan Colangelo (the team’s General Managers) AND the coaching of Kevin O’Neill & Sam Mitchell.

Chris Bosh’s Strength, as a basketball player, is as a Finesse Center/5 … who is:

1) A terrific Team Defender, in the Middle of the action, in the Lane, where & when he can defend each of the other 4 players on the court … in addition to his own individual check, which he isn’t very good at doing to begin with, as a Finesse, Shot-blocking 5 … in the mold of ‘the Great Bill Russell‘ (6-10, 220, Lefty);

2) A terrific Rebounder, capable of averaging 15+ boards a contest, if made to emphasize this aspect of the game … in the mold of ‘the Great Bill Russell’;

3) A terrific Character Guy, with the Core trait of Un-Selfishness that is shared with the other truly great Centers who have ever played the game … e.g. Men like Miken, (the Great Bill) Russell, Reed, Abdul-Jabbar & Walton (plus, in today’s environment, the ‘Big Fundamental’, Tim Duncan);

4) A solid Mid-Post and Elbow scorer (i.e. within 15-18 feet of the basket) … when he’s matched-up exclusively vs THE opponent’s Big … all of whom he can simply ‘out-quick’, relative to this position on the floor … but which can only be dictated by Bosh’s coach, if said coach plays Bosh as THE Biggest player within his own ‘Group-of-5’ and not the 2nd biggest, who can go into the Post and command an ‘Inside-Out’ double-team, based on his ability to score the ball from this position on the floor … with his FINESSE ‘Face-Up’ game; rather than a ‘power game’ which Chris Bosh simply does not and will NEVER EVER have.

Unfortunately for Chris Bosh, since he was drafted into the NBA by the Toronto Raptors he has yet to play for a GM or a coach who knows what his ACTUAL STRENGTHS are as a pro player, and as a person, in general … and has not yet been developed into the type of dominating ALL-PRO individual he is truly capable of eventually becoming in this League … similar to ‘the Great Bill Russell’.

Note: Currently the Miami Heat is wasting this talent, asking him to setting picks for Wade and James and waiting for kick outs for so many infuriating elbow jumpers that he appears allergic to rebounding and gives his detractors the notion that he is not good.

To continue…

But, for anyone to claim that Chris Bosh is not a franchise player … is just plain WRONG. When a player handles the ball a lot off the bounce, or on the dribble-up … something which Chris Bosh does not do … it is irrelevant if that player is being played out of position, on Offense, in the NBA. That player can simply ‘go and get the ball’ and take the game over by himself, off the bounce, when need be … e.g. like MJ, Kobe, LBJ, Chris Paul, Oscar, Magic, etc.

Likewise, when a player has an ‘interior’ Power game (i.e. Drop Step, Jump Hook, Turn-around Jump Shot, Up & Under, etc.) … in general, something which Chris Bosh does not have … this player’s teammates can simply throw the ball inside to him whenever he is using his SIZE & PHYSICAL STRENGTH to gain an advantageous position, in the Low Post, and allow him to ‘go to work’ inside, either scoring the ball himself or by creating open shots for his teammates … e.g. like Shaq, Duncan, Wilt and Miken have all done.

However, when a player is a Finesse Center/5 … like Chris Bosh or Rasheed Wallace or Hakeem Olajuwon or Jack Sikma or Bill Walton or Dave Cowens or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Willis Reed or ‘the Great Bill Russell’ … on Offense, he is dependent (i) on his coach to play him in the correct position, for his unique skill set, and (ii) his teammates to get him the ball in the spots on the floor that he can be the most effective, either as a passer or a scorer; while, on Defense, he is dependent on his coach to match him up correctly against the individual check that allows him to not only defend this player BUT the other 4 players on the court, as well, especially if he can ‘block shots & rebound’ like Chris Bosh, Olajuwon, Walton, Abdul-Jabbar and ‘the Great Bill Russell’ can/could all do at the peak of their NBA careers (i.e. from 27-to-35 years of age).

Chris Bosh (at only 24 years of age) is a Finesse Center/5, in the NBA … who, if used correctly, is a Franchise Player that can be a Centrifugal Force in the League for years to come … in the mold of ‘the Great Bill Russell’ … unless, of course, the best years of his career are frittered away playing for a hapless team whose GM’s and coaches do not have a clue about what his actual strengths are, as a player and a person, and just how good (i.e. talented, unselfish & hard-working) he is, relative to the other players in the League who play the Center position.

Chris Bosh’s strength … as a player and a person

Redeem accomplishes mission

“He has been as valuable a player as we have on our team,” Krzyzewski said when asked about Bosh. “He has played with such maturity and smarts. You can see it in his play, but if you could hear him talk to our team and talk to the other big guys, in practice, in games and on the bench. …

“In this tournament, we are seeing an already outstanding player raise his game to another level. I’m very proud of him. He has been a real man for us.”

More Notes: This is the same player that Coaches Sam Mitchell and Jay Triano claim is not a leader. But a more accomplished coache and a legend has testified to his leadership abilities on a team with Kobe, Lebron and Wade.

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In sharp contrast to what most other NBA observers will tell you …

Post number two:

De-constructing the mystery that is Chris Bosh [April 21, 2008]

This is exactly who Chris Bosh is … as an Elite Level NBA player and as an Elite Level person.

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He rebounded. He motivated. He played defence, especially against the international pick-and-roll, which so wounded the Americans four years ago in Athens, when the great basketball power slumped to bronze. He stayed active on offence, always presenting himself as a threat, even if he didn’t always get the ball.

“I think sometimes you have to have someone behind the scenes who does the little things,” Bosh said. “You have to keep everybody motivated. If we come out flat, I’m not afraid to say something. If we’re not playing well, I have to pick everybody up.”

Bosh admits it wasn’t easy, checking his ego, not taking shots he would take in the NBA and not looking at the stats sheet. But that was the pledge the U.S. players made when they decided that global basketball supremacy was more important than egos, shots and statistics.

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Chris Bosh has ALWAYS had the ’soul’ of ‘the Great Man‘ himself locked away inside … and it’s been unfortunate that only a few astute NBA observers have been able to decipher accurately what his actual strengths are, prior to this point in his (still young) career. Hopefully … this will now begin to change … and others (e.g. Raptors’ Management & Coaches?) too will comprehend just how good this young man COULD/WOULD/SHOULD be … if he emphasizes the REBOUNDING, TEAM DEFENSE, SHOT-BLOCKING, FACILITATOR (Team Offense) and … most importantly … LEADERSHIP role with whatever team he plays for.

Living life with Eyes Wide Shut is no way to be. 

NOTE: Only if the lessons learned from the 2008 Olympic Games are ignored … will Chris Bosh’s Beijing fail to translate to the NBA.

  1. Off the top of my head … I’d say (i) a smaller, thuggish Power Forward, in the mold of Maurice Lucas, Karl Malone or Paul Silas, etc., that could provide CB4′s team with a level of physicality that doesn’t come readily with a finesse Center, like Chris; or, (ii) a nice mid-range shooter (e.g. Horace Grant), who could also hold his own on the glass; or, a great Low Post Scorer like James Worthy.

In all scenarios Bosh’s running mate, quite literally, needs to be able to run the floor and finish at the rim, in addition to being a solid, physical player.

[Obviously, it would also be dependent on the specific offensive system Chris’ team would be using, e.g. 4 out/1 in; Triangle; UCLA-cut; etc.]

P.S. More important than who the #4 is to go with a player like Bosh … is who the #1-3′s are.

Maybe Miami should trade him, because they are using him even less than Toronto did and actually taking him out of his comfort zone and the games entirely. But does it really matter, truth is consistent despite opinions. And it appears that the natural opinion is everybody enjoys hating on Chris Bosh.

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