Chris Bosh is busy acting the fool (again) in the local media. No, the former Toronto Raptors franchise player didn’t get named as one of the Miami Heat locker-room crybabies, but he did get his whine on in the wake of his squad’s 105-96 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. The Big Three’s third wheel complained about his season-long role in the team’s offence, finally seeming to understand that when you’re the third option on an NBA team you don’t get to pick and choose where and when you get the ball. The full whine, after the jump.
At the center of Bosh’s complaint was not getting more touches in the low post. As part of the Heat’s offense this season, Bosh has operated out of the high post and taken mostly jump shots while being a screen-setter for teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Bosh said he planned to raise the issue with teammates and [head coach Eric] Spoelstra.
“I’ve got to get back in my comfort zone, I haven’t been in my comfort zone,” Bosh said. “A lot of things are new for me. I just have to be more aggressive in demanding my [the ball] comfort zone, you know I’ll take the fault for that… I’m effective down in the low post area, so that is where I need to start getting the ball. I need to be assertive in demanding it.
“I’m saying what I need to do as a player, a closed mouth doesn’t get fed. I’m uncomfortable now so you might as well do something else. If there’s a disagreement or something, that’s fine, we can talk about it. If they don’t want that, that’s OK, but I just feel that I have to be my normal self. I’m not there right now. I haven’t been there many times this season.”
The best part—aside from weird and incoherent remarks in the last paragraph—is that Bosh’s comments came after one of his worst games of the season, scoring just seven points on 3-of-11 shooting and getting badly outplayed down the stretch by his Blazers’ counterpart LaMarcus Aldridge.
Bosh’s scoring average has dipped about six points a game since his heyday with the Raps—but, clearly, his propensity for making outspoken and ill-timed statements in the media is still going strong.