Fantasy daily: Chris Bosh takes center stage

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Bosh on not joining Rockets: ‘All that guarantees is pressure’

With the NBA offseason and the free agency period in full swing over the summer, there appeared to be mutual interest between Chris Bosh and the Houston Rockets. So much so, in fact, that the Rockets offered Bosh a max deal. With LeBron James’ future with the Miami Heat hanging in the balance, it was…Read More
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Chris Bosh Turned Down Houston Rockets to Avoid More Big 3 Pressure

Big Threes are overrated—you know, after you’ve spent four years being a part of one.

And if your name is Chris Bosh.

Instead of following LeBron James’ free-agency lead and forming another NBA superpower with the Houston Rockets, Bosh elected to stay with the Miami Heat over the offseason. Months after the fact, the All-Star big man revealed more about the logic behind his decision to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger.

“I could see where people would think that’s an attractive site,” he said. “They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could’ve been out there. But you know, that doesn’t guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure.”

Makes sense.

Bosh enjoyed four seasons of title contention in Miami alongside Dwyane Wade and James. But he and his partners in crime also faced unparalleled pressure. Every loss was scrutinized and blown out of proportion. That the Heat caged two championships after four straight Finals appearances was somehow depicted as a failure within certain circles.

More of the same awaited Bosh in Houston, where he would have joined James Harden, Dwight Howard and presumably Chandler Parsons, giving the Rockets a Big Four. The pressure there arguably would have been worse.

Jumping to yet another team would mean Bosh was chasing titles. Abandoning Miami would mean he had to win those titles, lest he be remembered as a moderately successful championship hanger-on.

Staying with the Heat was the safe play in that sense. It safeguarded him against Big Three dissection while adding a pinch of loyalty to his NBA resume.

There were other factors, of course. More than $118 million was thrown his way, and the new-look Heat promised a featured role the superstar-stuffed Rockets could not.

Some might see that as a flagrant cop out. Others might interpret it as Bosh prioritizing money over winning. And perhaps it is all those things. But, more than anything else, Berger says this is Bosh absolving himself, however slightly, of Big Three wear and tear:

Before you jump on Bosh for taking the easy way out, consider what the past four years were like for him. He was never the most important corner of the James-Wade-Bosh triangle, except when he missed an open jumper or flubbed a defensive assignment. He had to sacrifice and unlearn key parts of his game to adapt to the more dominant talents and personalities around him. For four years, every day in the life of the Miami Heat was like being on tour with the No. 1 artist in the land.

The perpetual chase, the championship-or-bust environment, the celebrity status afforded basketball’s three-headed monster — all of it wore on James, who spoke often last season of the mental fatigue of pursuing a fourth straight trip to the Finals. Everyone was so busy chronicling James’ every word that they forgot to ask Bosh what he thought.

It wore on him, too.

Remaining with the Heat was Bosh’s escape—his deserved respite from four years of status-wobbling. This is not to be confused with a vacation. There is still work to be done in Miami.

The Heat are battling through injuries and a depthless rotation, trying to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Their 15th-ranked defense is vulnerable to penetration, their 11th-ranked offense is desperately dependent on Bosh and Wade.

Bosh himself is still coming to terms with his new role. His stats are up across the board—most notably his assist and usage rates—and he’s now a defensive-afterthought-turned-focal-point.

Adjusting to life as a grinder has been, and shall remain, a process. For four years, even in the most uncertain times, Bosh had the luxury of knowing the Heat would be right there in the end. No such guarantees can be made now.

“But it’s what I asked for, I guess,” Bosh said of the situation in Miami, per Sports on Earth’s Howard Megdal. “So I have to be stern with myself, and patient at the same time. To just know it’s a process, and to live with that process.”

Tougher parts of this process await. Wade’s status moving forward is unknown, and upcoming opponents include the Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors. Each contest is another measuring stick, and a chance for Miami to show where it stands.

Succeed or fail, Bosh will be at the forefront of everything—the alpha dog on a Heat team that gave him what he asked for by being less than super.


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Chris Bosh on why he didn’t join Rockets: ‘All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure’

With the NBA offseason and the free agency period in full swing over the summer, there appeared to be mutual interest between Chris Bosh and the Houston Rockets. So much so, in fact, that the Rockets offered Bosh a max deal. With LeBron James’ future with the Miami Heat hanging in the balance, it was…Read More
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So Far, Undefeated Houston Rockets Making Up for Missing Out on Chris Bosh

MIAMI — Patrick Beverley went a bit beyond imagining the possibility. He tried to help the Houston Rockets realize it.

When Chris Bosh was torn about where to continue his NBA career, and when the Rockets were looking to round out their lineup with the perfect complement to their current core, Beverley put in a call to the nine-time All-Star, someone he’d gotten to know during 2010 Heat training camp, and had stayed friendly with since. 

The pitch?

“We need you,” Beverley said before Tuesday’s game against the Heat. 

The Rockets’ fiesty point guard smiled, before speedily retreating, perhaps due to the presence of the Rockets’ current starting power forward, Terrence Jones, leaning back inside the adjacent locker stall. 

“Nah, but he’s a phenomenal player, man,” Beverley said of Bosh. “He can do a lot of things. But everything happens for a reason, and we’re happy with who we have now. We got a young 4 who’s going out there, T-Jones going out there every night, proving himself and proving a lot of doubters wrong. So, at the end of the day, that’s the only thing you can ask for.” 

Well, that and, after a 108-91 victory in AmericanAirlines Arena, a rousing 5-0 start to the season.

While the first four wins came against soft opponents—the Lakers, Jazz, Celtics and 76ers—the latest came against a fellow undefeated team, one that has also been a bit of a surprise: 

Bosh’s Heat. 

The reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week turned in his least impactful performance of the young season, even while scoring 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting.

After Bosh picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of the second quarter, Erik Spoelstra gave him the rest of the half off, letting rookie Justin Hamilton ride it out. Then, after Bosh scored 11 points in the third quarter and hit a three-pointer early in the fourth, he returned after a brief break to miss a long-range attempt at the top of the key.

That could have cut the Rockets’ lead to one; instead, Houston rolled to an 18-5 finish, as Bosh touched the ball too infrequently.

Even with Jones sitting due to a sore knee, forcing Donatas Motiejunas into the lineup and energetic rookie Kostas Papanikolaou into a 37-minute stint, the Rockets played to their style perfectly.

Their two stars (Dwight Howard and James Harden) combined for 51 points, and newcomer Trevor Ariza, the Chandler Parsons replacement, stroed five of eight three-pointers, including one with Bosh bearing down in the corner.

And after finishing 23rd in the NBA in points per game allowed and 13th in defensive rating, last season, Houston held a fifth straight opponent to under 94 points and a fourth in five to under 43 percent shooting. 

“There’s a lot of areas we can still improve in,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “But the grit was something I was proud of tonight. The guys got after it.” 

About as hard as McHale, general manager Daryl Morey and the rest of Rockets management—and some of their players—got after Bosh, when they believed they had an opportunity to swipe him from South Florida.

This evening alone, or the start as a whole, encouraging as they’ve been, it won’t stop Rockets fans or many NBA observers from wondering what could have been, had the recruiting efforts worked. After all, Morey had given away the first two players off his bench, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, to create more cap room to add a third cornerstone to complement Harden and Howard and didn’t come up with one. 

How would that trio have collaborated on the court?

How strong a contender could the Rockets have been? 

McHale, with a tongue still as sharp as his elbows once were, didn’t want to indulge the hypothetical exercise Tuesday. He spoke of Bosh as a “tremendous talent up in Toronto,” who earned more of his admiration for sacrifices made to win championships in Miami. 

How far did he go, in terms of assessing how Bosh would fit? 

“I mean, we were hoping to, uh, have Chris come, but he chose Miami, so…”

So that was the end of his pregame media session. 

You’d assume that Bosh gave “fit” considerable thought, seeing as how he has acknowledged that he was reasonably close to accepting the offer, before Pat Riley and Micky Arison decided that they would do whatever it took to keep him from leaving, which meant offering him $118 million over five years, as well as a revamped role as the core component of the Heat’s quick post-LeBron reload.

That Heat role, thus far this season, has been as promised to him and advertised to the public. No, he’s not getting the volume of post touches that he got while with Toronto, but, after four seasons of waiting his turn, he’s being asked to initiate, facilitate and finish offense all over the floor, from the wings, corners and elbows, relying on his driving ability as well as his jumper.

He’s encouraging his teammates to seize opportunities throughout the first three quarters, and for much of the fourth, moving the ball from side to side, getting everyone in rhythm. And then, down the stretch, “we know, yeah, No. 3 and No. 1, they got to get it where they need to get it,” speaking of Dwyane Wade and himself. At the least, he’s the Heat’s co-closer. 

Would that have been the case in Houston?

In a conversation earlier this week with Bleacher Report, he insisted that his study didn’t really “get that far,” since “it was just very, very early preliminary stuff” with Houston, and then, “by the time we really began talking about it, it was time to make a decision.”

But, even as he tried not to get ahead of himself, yes, his brain did “go there” a bit. He said he suspected his role would have been roughly the same as what it is now in Miami and that he would have been been asked to ”spread the floor, of course let the big fella (Howard) go to work, let everybody do what they do.” 

Two scouts who spoke to Bleacher Report believe that Bosh would have been even more lethal as a floor-spacer for Howard. 

“In Miami, he never really had a true post-up guy next to him, all the years (there) with the Big Three,” one scout said. “He had LeBron, who drew a lot of those double-teams, but from different spots on the floor. But they probably would have used him as a spacer from 17 to 18 feet, from the opposite side from where Dwight was operating. Whatever they did with him, though, he would have been great.” 

That scout also thinks Bosh would have been of locker-room value: ”He would have been good for Dwight personally, just to have another professional in there with him. He would have been a good influence.”

Neither scout, however, believes that Bosh would have had the frequency of opportunities, or license for variety, that he now has with the Heat. For one, he would have been playing power forward, not center, next to an established All-Star rather than another stretch 4 in Josh McRoberts or Shawne Williams.

There’s also the matter of Harden, whose usage rate was roughly the same as Wade’s last season, but who, at age 25 compared to 32, isn’t as ready to relinquish control. 

Then there’s the issue of familiarity, or lack thereof, which might have kept him from stepping into a primary scoring and leadership role immediately. He admitted this week that learning a new program, a new system and new teammates wouldn’t have been easy on the fly, and “learning isn’t always fun.”  That’s especially true under pressure, with a Howard-Harden-Bosh trio likely to encounter extreme expectations.

“It would have been growing pains,” Bosh said. “Absolutely.”

Rockets players may not have been as deferential as his Heat teammates are, and Rockets coaches may not have been quite as trusting. In Miami, he’s proven himself inside the organization, for his part in two rings. 

“Right, right,” Bosh said. “Yeah, being a champion and everything. And with the group we have in, it’s like, all right, I told the coaches I’m ready to step up and be the leader that you need me to be. You know that. You know I’m comfortable with everything. And I’m in the locker room. And I’m in the city that I like.” 

So there’s comfort in Miami. 

“I know the system,” Bosh said. “And I know what Spo is gonna bring. I know what the assistants are gonna bring. You know what’s gonna happen. And that’s good.” 

The Heat have been good so far, better than expected: “I have faith that success is coming. We know that if we do the work, it’s gonna be good. We just got to keep doing what we’re doing, and everything else will fall into place. We still expect to win. We’re still gonna win. And we believe. You got those two things, man…”

The Rockets have been even better, and they were on Tuesday.

“I’m happy with the nucleus we have on this team now,” Beverley said. “And I think with this nucleus, we can go against anybody.” 

That nucleus does not include a third star and doesn’t even include someone who seemed to be becoming one—Parsons, whose Dallas offer sheet may have been matched had the Rockets signed Bosh.

It does include Ariza, who signed a four-year, $32 million contract to rejoin a Rockets team that had completely turned over since it traded him following a so-so 2009-10 season. He shot 33.4 percent from behind the arc that campaign, but he has evolved since and was instrumental in Washington‘s run to the second round of the 2014 postseason.

Tuesday, new teammate Jason Terry called Ariza “the most underrated two-way player in the league. He’s progressed on the offensive end to become a knockdown shooter, where before he was a great slasher, and he’s always been a great defender.”

McHale called Ariza’s defense a “big, big pick-me-up for our team.” And Ariza keeps picking up three on the other end, making 60 percent of his attempts (21 of 35) through five games, playing at about half the price that Parsons is in Dallas. 

“We came in together, and we played together in Orlando, and to see the way he’s shooting the ball now, it just amazes me,” Howard said. 

“When you’ve got two studs like (Howard and Harden), you’ve got to double them,” Ariza said. “So, somebody’s got to be open. So far, I’ve been the one that’s been left open, so I’ll take advantage of it.” 

The Rockets have taken advantage of some weaklings early. But they showed something against Miami. They play the Spurs and Warriors next. We’ll know much more about them soon. 

And we already know this:

McHale is who he’s always been. 

Asked whether he thinks people are “sleeping” on the Rockets, he replied that the only sleep he cared about was what he’d get on the plane, in 45 minutes. 

Does he believe people disrespected the additions the Rockets made, since they were focused on the ones they couldn’t? 

“You know what, I don’t know, man,” McHale said. “Let me tell you something. This is the truth here. I don’t care what anybody thinks. When I played, I didn’t care—why did I care what you thought? I don’t care. I care about what we do in that locker room with our guys.

“I have no idea about that stuff. Never worried about that. Because you know what you do. All that caring goes away when you step on that floor. Then you and somebody are getting it on. And that’s all that matters. You’ve got to go out there and compete.” 

With the guys you have.

Not all the ones you wanted.

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Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh Named Eastern Conference Player Of The Week

Chris Bosh is a huge reason why the Miami Heat are the last team in the Eastern Conference to be undefeated.
The NBA agrees. Bosh was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday as he led the Heat to a 3-0 record, including wins over 2014 Eastern Conference playoff teams such as the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards. The veteran averaged 25.7 points, 11.3 boards and four assists on 48 percent from the field and 55 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
The last time Bosh won a Player of the Week award was December of 2013, which also marked the last time a Heat player was awarded the honor.
Roughly a week into the regular season, the center ranks seventh in the NBA in points, eighth in boards and 15th in minutes per game. Bosh’s most recent Player of the Week award is just the second time the 6’11″ center has won the honor during his four years in Miami. For comparison’s sake, LeBron James won the award 19 times, while Dwyane Wade was cited o…

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Bosh scores 30, Heat top 76ers 114-96 (Yahoo Sports)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 1: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on November 1, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Without LeBron James, their former MVP, leading a championship charge, Chris Bosh and the Heat are cruising. Bosh had 30 points and eight rebounds and Mario Chalmers scored 20 off the bench to lead the Miami Heat past the Philadelphia 76ers 114-96 on Saturday night. Dwyane Wade had nine points and 10 assists to help the Heat to their second win in two games. Tony Wroten had 21 points and 10 assists for the Sixers and Brandon Davies scored 18 points for the winless Sixers.

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Heat vs. 76ers Game Recap: Bosh, Chalmers Lead Heat to Second Straight Victory

On the day of Head Coach Erik Spoelstra’s 44th birthday, the Miami Heat got Coach Spo the best present he could ask for: a ‘W.’
The Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night 114-96 behind Chris Bosh’s 30 points and eight rebounds and Mario Chalmers’ 20 points, nine of which game in the fourth quarter.
Miami’s defense was horrendous the entire night as they allowed Philly to shoot 60 percent from the field up until the 4th quarter, which is when Miami decided to turn up the heat. After allowing 83 points through the first three quarters, Miami limited the Sixers to just 13 points in the final period in large part due to Chalmers’ fantastic play on the defensive end.
“Forty-eight minutes is a very long game for the group we have,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game. “From an experience and resume perspective, navigating through 48 minutes of an NBA game is really difficult.”
‘Rio finished the night with four steals and Spoelstra elected to ride out a lineup of Ch

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Chris Bosh Shines as Heat Leader and Other Takeaways from Saturday’s NBA Action

Any speculation regarding Chris Bosh‘s inability to serve as the Miami Heat’s offensive alpha dog in place of LeBron James can officially be put to rest. 

Following a 26-point, 15-rebound opening statement against the Washington Wizards, Bosh totaled 30 points (9-of-17 shooting) and eight rebounds in Miami’s 114-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night.

So for those of you keeping score at home, Bosh is 2-of-2 this season in terms of crossing the 25-point threshold. Last season, he did so all of seven times, according to Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post provided some additional stats on Bosh:

Operating as Miami’s offensive fulcrum, Bosh has been simply electric, burning opponents from nearly every spot on the floor.  

Case in point: Bosh has opened the season 5-of-9 from three-point range after drilling two of his five attempts against the Sixers. 

No longer functioning as a supplementary scorer from the corners who serves to take pressure off his teammates, Bosh has continued to make opponents pay for not respecting his range. But now, the looks are coming primarily from above the break. 

Whether he’s acting as a covert trailer in transition ready to spot up at a moment’s notice or simply flaring out to the three-point line off pick-and-rolls, Bosh is an absolutely lethal weapon. 

Which is exactly why he wants opponents to continue disrespecting his range, according to The Palm Beach Post‘s Jason Lieser: 

But that’s not all.

Through two games, Bosh has attempted 16 free throws, 11 of which came on Saturday against Philadelphia. 

After watching his free-throw rate steadily decline each of the past four years in a more marginalized role, Bosh has the ability to work his way back toward a career average of .460, according to

There’s also the matter of Bosh’s polished work below the charity stripe, which was on full display Saturday evening. 

It didn’t matter if he was facing up, backing down, falling away or taking defenders off the dribble. Bosh simply had his way against a Philadelphia frontcourt comprised of Nerlens Noel, Henry Sims and Brandon Davies. 

And you can expect that to become a trend no matter who the Heat are playing now that Dwyane Wade is receiving added defensive attention. 

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel‘s Ira Winderman, Wade discussed making an impact now that defenses are game-planning as if he’s the alpha dog. 

“They were putting two men on me coming off the pick-and-roll,” he said. “When your shots aren’t falling, you’ve got to find different ways to impact the game.”

If teams continue drafting defensive schemes to thwart Wade’s expertise in the pick-and-roll, expect Bosh’s numbers to balloon like crazy. 

Bosh will look to score at least 25 points for the third straight game when the Heat host the Toronto Raptors Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. 


Around the Association 

Dallas Withstands Anthony Davis’ Reign of Terror

Anthony Davis finished with 31 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and two steals, but the New Orleans Pelicans were unable to hang with the Dallas Mavericks late, despite outscoring the opposition by 17 in the third quarter. 

In a good old-fashioned Western Conference shootout, Dallas was able to close out New Orleans after dropping 66 points in the first half and outscoring the Pelicans by eight in the final frame. 

All told, the Mavericks finished with six players in double figures, but it easily could have been eight. Jameer Nelson and J.J. Barea each finished with eight points, while Chandler Parsons led the way with 20. 


Jimmy Butler Steps Up in Derrick Rose‘s Absence

In his season debut, Jimmy Butler nailed a pair of go-ahead free-throws with 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation against the Minnesota Timberwolves to hand the Chicago Bulls a thrilling 106-105 victory. 

With Derrick Rose sidelined due to two sprained ankles, Butler seized the moment a day after failing to agree to terms on a contract extension, dropping a team-high 24 points on 6-of-12 shooting (11-of-15 from the free-throw line).  

However, Ricky Rubio, who agreed to a four-year, $55 million extension Friday, tied a franchise record with 17 assists in the loss. Kevin Martin finished with a game-high 33 points as the Timberwolves fell to 1-2. 


Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett Turn Back the Clock

Joe Johnson matched the Detroit Pistons’ fourth-quarter output by himself with 15 points, propelling the Brooklyn Nets to a 102-90 win. He finished with 34 points (14-of-23 shooting), eight rebounds and six assists in 39 minutes. Johnson’s point total set a couple of personal records, per a Brooklyn Nets tweet:

More surprising, though, was the play of Kevin Garnett. In 35 minutes, Garnett scored 18 points (a Nets career high) and grabbed 14 rebounds. According to, Saturday marked just the third time since 2010 that Garnett tallied at least 18 points and 14 rebounds in a regular-season game. 


Klay vs. Kobe

Klay Thompson made good on his four-year, $70 max extension by exploding for a career-high 41 points on 14-of-18 shooting (5-of-7 from three) to lead the Golden State Warriors over the Los Angeles Lakers, 127-104. 

Highlights of Thompson’s career night can be viewed here:

Stephen Curry pieced together an excellent performance, as well, scoring 31 points on 10-of-19 shooting (3-of-8 from three). 

However, Kobe Bryant didn’t go quietly into the night. 

True on 12 of his 28 shots, Bryant finished with 28 points, including 19 in the third quarter, in an epic duel between respected marksmen.  


No Durant, No Westbrook, No Problem

Behind 23 points apiece from Perry Jones and Serge Ibaka, the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Denver Nuggets 102-91. 

While Jones’ rapid emergence continued as he shot 9-of-18 from the field and 3-of-7 from three, the Thunder’s most surprising stat line came courtesy of Kendrick Perkins. 

In 20 minutes off the bench, Perkins scored 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting while pulling down five rebounds.’s Royce Young tweeted that Perkins’ tied a personal best with his point total: 

Since joining the Oklahoma City Thunder, Perkins has now scored at least 15 points just three times in the regular season, according to


Offensive Futility Abounds 

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Charlotte Hornets 71-69 to start a season 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. However, the 71 points were the fewest Memphis has scored in a winning effort since 1996, according to

Elsewhere, the Boston Celtics shot 1-of-25 from three (4 percent) in a 104-90 loss to the Houston Rockets. According to, the Celtics became the first team in league history to attempt at least 25 threes and make a maximum of one in a single game. 


Paul Pierce Doesn’t Last Long in D.C. Debut

Paul Pierce’s home debut with the Washington Wizards left plenty to be desired because he never gave himself the chance to impress, according to The Washington Post‘s Michael Lee: 

Here’s the proof: 

Sans Pierce, the Wizards held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-97, and second-year man Otto Porter scored a career-high 21 points on a night when Washington’s offense fired on all cylinders. It was a record-setting game for the Wizards as it relates to the number of players scoring at least 18 points, per a team tweet: 

The D.C. crowd couldn’t get enough of the Georgetown product:


Circus Shot of the Night: Kobe Bryant Edition

With time running down in the second quarter, Bryant split two defenders and knocked down one of the most spectacular reverse layups you’ll see this season: 


Dunk of the Night

Feast your eyes on K.J. McDaniels, athletic wunderkind.  

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Did LeBron James lie to Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade before free agency?

LeBron James may go down as the most polarizing superstar to have ever touched the hardwood. No matter what James does, someone has an issue with it. The Decision, probably wasn’t the best idea, but the firestorm of criticism came before that as many NBA pundits would chastise James for “quitting” and failing to get the Cavs to the Finals.
Fast forward to the summer of 2014 with the Miami Heat coming off their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance. Although the Heat won two Finals during their four-year duration, their last defeat by the hands of the San Antonio Spurs wasn’t the trio’s best showing. Despite the Heat’s poor Finals performance, the threesome already had a plan in tact to return to South Beach – at least according to Chris Bosh.
Chris Bosh on plans for MIA entering last offseason: “I thought we were going to stay together. That was the plan. For us to keep it going.”
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) October 29, 2014
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