Chris Bosh

It seems like almost every week since Chris Bosh announced he had signed with the Miami Heat, something has popped up to give haters ammunition to make fun of him. It’s either his third wheel status with the Heat, his questionable taste in fashion and bachelor party planning, getting called a “fake tough guy” by Kevin Durant, or, well, this song.

Yesterday, Shaquille O’Neal went on NBA TV to announce the 2011-12 season schedule and made a point to refer to “The Big Two” when talking about the Miami Heat. Since this is coming from a man who famously called Bosh “the RuPaul of big men”, we can safely assume his implied lack of respect.

Before I start defending Bosh, let’s establish that he is clearly not on LeBron James’ and Dwyane Wade’s level as a player — nobody in their right mind could dispute that. Then again, James and Wade will likely be considered by most to be among the greatest players of all-time at their respective positions, so how fair is it to hold Bosh up to that standard?

Over eight NBA seasons and 586 games, Bosh has career averages of 20.0 points and 9.2 rebounds. Bosh is currently one of 20 players in NBA history to play at least 500 games with career averages of at least 20 points and nine rebounds — 16 of them are in the Basketball Hall of Fame and the other three (Shaq, Tim Duncan and Chris Webber) will almost certainly enter the Hall when they become eligible. In 32 career playoff games, Bosh’s career averages drop only slightly to 19.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Whether or not you consider Chris Bosh to be a superstar, the fact remains that he’s a very good player who chose to join the Heat because he believed it gave him a better chance of winning a championship. Could he have led the Raptors or any other team to a championship as the best player on the team? Probably not, but that list of “20 and 9 guys” I linked above includes guys like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and Webber who weren’t able to accomplish that themselves.

The constant mockery heaped on Bosh has reached a level that seems drastically disproportionate to what he deserves. He’s a smart, thoughtful guy who doesn’t appear particularly arrogant — especially in comparison to “The Big Two”. On top of that, he’s a pretty damn good basketball player who, at the age of 27, is a six-time NBA All-Star and was a key member of Team USA’s gold medal team at the 2008 Olympics. He’s already accomplished a lot at what is probably the midway period of his career — and when it’s all said and done, he’ll probably have at least one NBA championship ring and enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

Should Bosh have expected this kind of treatment when he agreed to join what can only be described as an attempt to create an unstoppable NBA juggernaut? Yeah, he probably should have seen this coming. But I just don’t think mocking him is all that funny, anymore. Call me the NBA’s version of Chris Crocker if you want, but I think it’s time to leave Chris Bosh alone for a little while.

Comments (23)

  1. I agree, calling Bosh not as good as LeBron or Wade isn’t exactly an insult

  2. This is like reading “Maybe it’s time to lay-off Spiderman for a while” on the front page of the Daily Bugle.

  3. Slava P: Congrats, I think you just posted the TBJ Comment of the Day.

  4. Shaq is going to get old fast if he keeps disrespecting Bosh. Shaq was a ring chaser for his last 4 years in the league he can’t talk down to nobody.

  5. Fine.

    I’ll wait til tomorrow to chime in with the “Ah yes” comments at every Bosh zinger.

  6. Agreed.

    Let’s all mock Scott instead…

  7. Deen: That never gets old. Let me make it easy for everyone: Did you know I used to sell shoes?

  8. I agree. Its not fair all of the criticism lobbed Bosh’s way. It sucks how neither of his other co-stars backs him up either. He and Wade showed up for the last two series, and another guy who gets more credit (and to be fair, bashing) was most likely the real reason they lost. Bosh is just a big doofus likeable kind of guy.. doesn;t everyone remember his funny videos to get him into the all star game?

  9. @Matt H, what do you mean neither of his ‘co stars’ backs him up ?

  10. You forgot to mention that he was also the only one of the Big 3 who actually seemed to care when they lost in the Finals. He might not be as good as 2 of the best players of their generation but he seems to be more interested in winning right now as opposed to building a brand.

  11. @Scott

    What kind of shoes? This is important – we need to fit and lace the insults with the right soul.

  12. Deen: Men’s, women’s, athletic, you name it. I applied for a job in a department store and they obviously saw my last name and immediately decided I belonged in the shoe department. My nametag had my entire name on it for most of my employment there, so every shift usually included at least one customer asking me if that was my real name. Good times!

  13. Arrgh. You either didn’t see or chose to ignore what I did there. I quit. Let me go think up some new insults that Chris Bosh doesn’t deserve…

  14. Deen: I missed it, but now I see what you did there. Maybe you can shoehorn in an insult about my inability to pick up on clever wordplay.

  15. I see what u did there, clever clogs ;)

  16. “Chris Bosh is softer than Cottenelle Tissue Paper”- the great Stephen A Smith said it best

  17. Chil dude, Chris Bosh jokes are funny because he keeps doing funny things.

  18. I used to know a guy in college named “Matt Toothman.” His dad was a dentist.

  19. Life is not fair unless we can constantly make fun of at least 2 of the “Big 3″

  20. Quoting Stephen A. Smith is a sure way to lose all credibility.

  21. Whats wrong with being a soft big man? Bosh is a finesse player and is damn good at it. He prefers to face up and can shoot the midrange or take it to the hoop. I am a big Bosh fan and I wish he went to Chi town instead of the lame heat. I cant root for Lebron and dwade

  22. Scott, you sold shoes? Bite your tongue. Lest you speak archly of this endeavor, remember how it heeled your sole.

  23. got a little concerned when i saw the headline. i thought “lay off” meant he might be on the unemployment line!

    ~ KMM

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