‘Greek Freak’ posterizes Chris Bosh with monster one-handed slam (Video)

Milwaukee Bucks big man Giannis Antetokounmpo, a.k.a. “Greek Freak”, posterized Miami Heat center Chris Bosh with a monster one-handed slam during the third quarter of Friday night’s game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.On a fast break, Jabari Parker dished to a wide-open Antetokounmpo, who threw down the huge dunk. Bosh had no chance and drew the foul in a failed attempt to stop him.”Greek Freak” had 14 points and 7 assists as the Bucks blew out the Heat 109-85 to snap a three-game losing streak. Video via NBA.
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Wade, Bosh lead Heat over Knicks 86-79 (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Luol Deng #9 of the Miami Heat tries to get around Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on November 30, 2014 in New York City.The Miami Heat defeated the New York Knicks 86-79.(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Dwyane Wade missed the Heat’s previous seven games. The Knicks would have liked him to miss at least one more.


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Fantasy daily: Chris Bosh takes center stage

Tonight’s action offers plenty of low-priced sleepers so you can pick studs like Bosh.

      
 

 

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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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