Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat were a giant yawn-fest
Though they’ve only been in the NBA since 1988, the Miami Heat already have won three titles, all led by star-studded casts.
Chris Bosh was a central part of the latter two titles in the 2010s. One of the first big men to really embrace the paradigm shift in the typical shot profile of the league, he allowed for a great balance of floor spacing and typical interior force.
Throughout his time in Miami, Bosh averaged 34.4 percent accuracy from behind the arc while also pulling down 7.3 rebounds per game.
With the Toronto Raptors, Bosh had spent more time as a traditional big. He attempted 34.2 percent of his total shots within 3 feet of the rim in Toronto, in Miami that number shifted to make up just 24.9 percent of his shot profile.
Chris Bosh describes his career Miami Heat moment in “boring” mode
Earlier this week, Chris Bosh took the chance to describe his favorite sports moment in the most boring way possible, prompted by a Tweet from Jeff Eisenband.
You know which moment he’s talking about. It’s the signature play of the Heatles era, in which Miami played off the yellow rope and survived to play another game, eventually winning over the San Antonio Spurs.
Here’s the play, for those of you who might have forgotten:
LeBron James misses a huge 3-pointer, Bosh grabs the rebound, and shows the awareness to get it out to the sharp shooting Ray Allen who hits one of the most clutch corner 3-pointers in the last decade of NBA basketball.
This would tie the game, send it to overtime, and the Heat won. They would win Game 7, too, of course.
Boiled down to its simplest form, sure, it was merely a rebound and a pass. Context is key, and Heat fans know the context here is that Bosh saved the team with that rebound.
Before crashing the boards for the rebound, Bosh created the space on the perimeter for James to be able to take the shot, too, with a great screen warding off two defenders. Everything good that came from that play was a direct result of Bosh’s efforts.
Now retired, Bosh’s number sits in the rafters in Miami. His legacy is now long-imprinted into the game, but some fans may not remember that there was scrutiny from the national media about Bosh essentially up until this moment. He was often looked at as the afterthought of the star core in Miami.
This moment was signature, and it encapsulated the impact Bosh would have on one of the most successful modern NBA franchises.
If you think that’s boring, well, maybe the NBA isn’t for you.