Back when the Miami Heat were forming their friends and family sort of team, one thing that everyone kept asking was “Who takes the last shot?” Over the past year-and-a-half, we’ve found out the answer — Dwyane Wade. Done.

However, it’s still interesting to hear what these guys say when they’re actually asked “Who takes the last shot?,” which is exactly what GQ’s Mark Anthony Green did in this month’s issue.

GQ: Quick hypothetical, toes aside: Let’s say the game was tied. 10 seconds left. You had 30 points, LeBron’s got 30, and Wade’s got 30. You got the same amount of rebounds, same amount of assists—having the same great game. Who takes the shot at the end to either win or lose the game.
Chris Bosh: [immediately] Dwyane.

GQ: Why?
Chris Bosh: Because of his success in the past, given what he’s done. He’s a champ. He’s an MVP, and he’s hit a bunch of last-second shots. That’s the time you have to put pride aside a little bit, and do what’s best for the team. He’s quickest, and he’s gonna get a shot off. He relishes those moments.

Put like that — NBA champion, (Finals) MVP, quickest — it’s pretty obvious why Dwyane Wade is the Heat’s go-to last second shot guy. Totally with Chris Bosh on this one.

But seeing it spelled out like that, you can’t help but think of LeBron James. He’s not an NBA champion, he doesn’t have the late game rep that Wade does and even though he has two regular season MVPs, Chris Bosh doesn’t hesitate to say that Dwyane’s the one who takes the last shot for the Heat. Obviously, Chris Bosh didn’t mean it like this, but you could easily read this as a subliminal dig at No. 6.

Let’s not do that though. (Unless you really want to. Can’t blame you if you do, since it’s kinda right there.) Instead, let’s just nod our heads because Chris Bosh is right. All of those reasons he stated are very good reasons why Dwyane Wade should be taking all the Heat’s last second shots. Props to Chris Bosh for saying what we all know.

Once we’re done nodding our heads at this, let’s all laugh that Chris Bosh didn’t even pick himself as the go-to guy in the fourth quarter. At least he’s honest.

Comments (4)

  1. And seeing how it went against the Clippers, he’s right. Lebron on the pass, Wade on the game winning shot should be the plan.

  2. I’d argue if LeBron attacks the rim like he did last night then 9 times out of 10 they win. The problem is when he settles for long shots or checks out completely, but as long as he’s attacking I say go to him.. I think he and pretty much everyone was just gassed – virtually nobody, not Paul, not LeBron, and not Wade had it going in the clutch last night.

    And Wade’s tremendous performance in Finals this past year has everybody overlooking how terrible he was against Bulls and most of Celtics series, both in clutch and throughout most games. And even moreso, that he was just as bad in clutch as LeBron throughout regular season.

    Then again, I think this ‘one guy must take the shot’ thing is pretty stupid. While I agree there should be a sort of pecking order to take away confusion (and think LeBron should be first since he’s best player, and better passer, better going to rim, and better shooter than Wade), I would say the most clutch team over the past decade has been the Spurs, and while they might go to Manu first there are umpteen highlights of guys like Parker, Roger Mason, Michael Finley, Robert Horry, Gary Neal hitting clutch shots and game-winners. That’s because Spurs have had a great coach in Pop and an unselfish superstar (Duncan) who sets an example for everyone else to follow.

  3. Since we’re talking about the final shot; the better answer should be whoever is open. On the final possession, Lebron should definitely be the guy handling the ball. He’s a better attacker and passer than Wade. All James has to do is attack, draw in defenders, and dish it to the open man (or finish at the rim if possible). Bosh has shown he can make open jumpers, and so has Chalmers, and I guess Wade too. Basically I’m saying it shouldn’t always be one guy taking that final shot; but it should definitely be James who facilitates the final possession.

  4. It would be surprising to see teams with amazing win/loss records this year. Most teams will have patches of losses with people being fatigues and injured from a huge schedule and long road trips so it isnt surprising to see the Heat drop a couple and looking tired at the end of games.

    The only teams I see being able to recover well long term will be the teams with a deep frontcourt, size makes up for athleticism in many cases and it doesnt go away when you get tired. OKC are pretty deep, Denver as well and could probably cope with the back to back to back a little better.

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