If the Ray Allen’s shot is a couple on inches to the left, Chris Bosh might already be somewhere else. Bosh knows how important winning an NBA title is in regards to measuring success, even if a team comes up a couple of inches or seconds short.
It was a very real thing that if the Heat didn’t win last season, that Bosh would be playing somewhere else right now. In many ways, the same goes for next season — and Bosh knows it.
“Everybody wants to know what we’re going to do (after the season),” Bosh told the Sun Sentinel. “Yeah, I get it. Everything depends on this season. If we win, cool. If we lose, that’s when it’s like `What if?’”
What if? If the Heat get beaten on the boards, maybe they opt to find a true center. Maybe they work out a trade to move Bosh to the Detroit Pistons for Andre Drummond (just throwing it our their). Maybe Bosh isn’t the problem and maybe LeBron James leaves Miami and maybe Bosh follows him or maybe he doesn’t.
You get my point. Lot’s of maybe scenarios. That’s why Bosh says this:
We know it comes with the job. We can’t do anything about it. We just have to make sure we take care of our business, stay together and just really answer the call to adversity when it comes.”
This will be the second time Bosh is a free agent. Like LeBron, he learned how to handle the situation after the first time around that brought them both to South Beach.
Honestly, I’m not so sure a title guarantees that the Big Three stick together. On the other side of that shiny token, I don’t think the absence of a third title means the absence of the Big Three is Miami. These guys are smarter than to allow an absolute to make their decisions.
If the Heat struggle against an improved Bulls and Pacers team but win anyway, is it possible that they still decide to flip Bosh for Drummond-or-something? Sure. Isn’t a loss valued differently if it is because of an injury? Of course.
There are a lot of variables in play. Sorry Bosh, it is that complex.