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Bosh: "We have to win a championship"

Aug 11, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

bosh-heat.jpgThey may not yet realize just how hard it will be (well, one of them does), but Miami’s big three gets what the expectations they have created are:

“We have to win a championship,” forward Chris Bosh said….

“I think so, because of the situation we’ve brought to ourselves,” he said. “With this group that we’ve assembled, we know we have to win a championship.

“We signed up for it. We know that everything is championship. We need to win a championship.”

That was Bosh on the Dan Patrick Show today, as reported by our own Ira Winderman at the Sun-Sentinel.

Bosh also scoffed at the idea of a 72-win season for the Heat, noting that the core of the Bulls team that set that record had been together for years.

There was 72-win talk by the fans of the Lakers and Cavaliers last season, then those teams won 57 and 61 games, respectively. People don’t realize how ridiculous 72 wins is, how unlikely we ever are to see that record broken. Also, Phil Jackson theorized that only a team in the Midwest — where the time change from coast-to-coast on travel is not as severe — could pull off that many wins. Miami, obviously, right on a coast.

The Heat are going to win a lot of regular season games, however. What Bosh and his pals also know is those wins will be considered a failure without a trophy to go with it.

  1. JF - Aug 11, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Bosh is actually quite wrong. They don’t have to win “a” championship, but many championships. If they only win 1, unless 1 or more of them opt out or is injured, it will still be considered a complete failure. Winning 2 would be sort of a break-even, and 3 would make it a success. The Lakers have done it back-to-back, with somewhat less than what Miami has assembled, so it’ll take 3 to really be considered successful.

  2. saveahoe11 - Aug 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    He also needs to grow some sack before he thinks of winning a championship

  3. Bosh Swallows - Aug 11, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Okay, Bosh said something. Now he can put D Wade’s dick back in his mouth.

  4. D Wade's dick - Aug 11, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Paula Abdul needs to get back to work

  5. Zachariah Blott - Aug 11, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Why is anyone paying attention to Bosh? He was named one of the top-15 players (All-NBA 1st, 2nd, or 3rd team) how many times? He’s played on how many teams with a winning record in his 7 years? Once for each – wow. This team will go the way of LeBron, who should still be considered the top MVP candidate. Here’s a full analysis of why:

  6. Drew - Aug 11, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Bosh is still a top 5 PF in the league whether you like it or not. How many would you put ahead him? I’d put Dirk ahead of him. Tim Duncan two years ago, but not now. Amare Stoudemire? You could make an argument, but I would rather have Bosh. Carlos Boozer? I don’t think so. KG? Two years ago, yes, but not now. Gasol? Probably, but he’s more of a centre playing a PF spot. Al Jefferson? Not yet. LaMarcus Aldridge? Give him 3 years and we’ll see.
    I don’t think it’s ridiculous to predict a 72-win season despite the brushing it off by the Heat players. There is too much talent and a lot on the line. Even with extensive travel involved, Miami is deep enough to get by on most nights with a deep bench that can score. The Celtics won 66 games in ’08 when they squandered a few winnable games, and this Heat team is better.

  7. Marky Mark - Aug 11, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Go away, Miami-players-talking-about-things. Just go away.

  8. Dave Thomas - Aug 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    It’s probably not good form to frame this as an Ira Winderman scoop when he got the information from a national broadcast.

  9. Plm - Aug 11, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Maybe you should go tell him that to his face. You must be a former NBA player yourself.

  10. Ron - Aug 11, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    wait a minute, are you people telling me you actually watch / follow NBA basketball?

  11. Sal - Aug 11, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    I can see the Heat winning a Championship, in like, 4 years down the road; but by then, Riley would have split that ship in half. With bed wetter LeBron, who’s twitting that payback will be coming to all, putting more pressure on Bosh, I can see Bosh cowering down because of the huge Expectations. Look the Heat have it coming! and the biggs from the Celtics are going to turn Bosh into chicken cacciatore by the time they reach the playoffs. Hey Bosh if you can’t take the heat stay out of the kitchen. The dude already soiled himself and “checked out,” in Toronto without a Championship for 7 years. Common! Wade has lost a step and is one good punch ( I mean nick ) in the shoulder from missing half a season. Guess what Heat fans the Celtics are going to Pound Bosh by Committee. Big Z has a quarter of a tank left and a mid jumper to go along with it, Uuuu Scary! If the Heat get really lucky and make it to the Finals Gasol or Bynum will take care of Bosh and that means that Gasol will be feasting against big Z. Lakers in 5 . Kobe gets 6 and still has 3 more years of physical prowess to go along with his competitive spirit. Suck on that Heat fans.

  12. Phil - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Jordan + Pippen + Wennington > Wade + Lebron + Bosh

  13. Colin Zvosec - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Bosh is wrong about that 96 Bulls core being together for many years before the record-breaking season. Michael and Scottie had been together, sure, but 95-96 was Rodman’s first year with the team. It was also the first full year Harper played with Jordan, ditto for Longley. That’s 4/5th’s of the starting lineup that hadn’t played more than a couple of months together until 95-96. I’d hardly say that core had been together for years…

  14. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    awww…precious…more scared fans that the heat will dominate the NBA over the next 6-7 years…its sad really

  15. Anonymous - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    True, for this team, win championship is the only way to success. Big pressure. That why I don’t think they will be sucessful.

  16. Ur Gay - Aug 12, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    What your stating is far fetched about Wade. Bosh is a great player and don’t forget about the best played in the Game MVP Lebron James with Mike Miller Eddie House Draining 3’s wide open, no 1 Hustles harder then Haslem and Anthony. So Tighten Up

  17. ocgunslinger - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Drew… usually have some very good comments on these sites. I do disagree with you about the Heat winning 72+ games. There is NO way. Besides the fact they will have to open, sustain and complete the year strongly EVERY team they play will be out to measure themselves against this group and play them like it is the finals. Might be lucky to win 55+ games.

  18. Anonymous - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Thanks for setting that straight. Not only was the entire starting lineup new, but the entire bench roster was new relative to Jordan and Pippen. Those two were the only two on the ’93 roster remaining.

  19. alex - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    The Cleveland Caveliers had the best record in the league and it did not have a team anywhere near what Miami has put together. The key ingredient to their success was Lebron and now he is in Miami so how can anyone doubt the success that Miami is going to have? You have 5 men on the floor guarding 5 and you have no choice but to put 2 on Lebron and 2 on Dwade which in clutch situations will leave 1 man to guard Bosh and the remaining 2 heat players, whomever they chose to put on the floor. Thats the reality and also, look at the rebounding stats of the Heat players….its the strongest stat next to scoring……but hey we will all soon see…

  20. Red Baron - Aug 12, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Nobody mentions here how bball is 5 on 5…not 3 on 5. Plus you need a bench. I predict a good regular season for the Heat, and a bad postseason when the grind begins. Also, Wade is the only one of their ‘Big 3’ who has actually shown some composure under pressure. LeBron has yet to show that when he’s under pressure that he can handle it. Bosh…do we even need to discuss his playoff performances?

  21. dreadlocksamurai - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    The heat will actually most like have a good post season. Not too sure about the finals, but the East is very top heavy. Seeds 1-3 are pretty good teams 4-8 wouldn’t have made the playoffs in the West. Only team posing a challenge to the heat in the East is Boston.

  22. JBP - Aug 12, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    1 is not enough. Why don’t you try 4 out of 6 in order for this so called “Best Three to ever been assembled” to be successful. Sorry Boch, Riley did not bring you here for 1 championship.

  23. Drew - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    I appreciate the compliment. I’m just thinking about how well teams will have to play just to beat them even once. We’re talking about three former (or current) franchise players who were asked to bring it every night on their respective teams, and then putting them on one court together? The scoring attack they have will allow guys to get sufficient rest, i.e. having James on a second unit, while Wade and Bosh rest, or any combination thereof. I also think this will be a stout defensive team which will build big cushions in games giving guys rest. I’m with Van Gundy that they will be that good.
    I am chalking up a few losses due to good teams beating them, e.g. Lakers once, Boston once, Orlando once, maybe a Dallas or Denver once, and then losing a few games based on fatigue and lackadaisacal play. I guess there’s only one way to find out.

  24. Sal - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    I’m a huge Lakers fan and we’ve had some rough patches when Kobe was paired up with some dude named Mush Parker at the point, and a Center in no “hands” Quawme Brown. But in those times Kobe was and continues to be the MAN! Look Ur gay, I give props to Lebron for being the version of what Shaq was when he came into the league (a physical specimen with multiple basketball skill). But so what, Kobe is the version of Jordan, and he’s chasing immortality. Kobe has the best two 7 footer combo in the NBA and the Lakers got better in the off season with the addition of Blake (40 percent shooter, 3 pt. range ). Defense wins Championships and Barnes brings some of that, ( in a thuggish kinda of way ) and will compliment Ron Ron to bring down or slow down Lebron. (we all saw Tony Allen and the C’s handle, bed wetter LeBron, who can’t handle being the man). The Black Mamba with his deadly venom, will strike your injury prone, Wade, multiple times until victory comes. Bosh is easy to handle; He’s nothing more than a cheap European version of Gasol, at best. If it wasn’t for the Olympics, I wouldn’t know who Bosh was. Can you say, “media Made”. We got a better bench, a better coach, a better coast, better looking cheer leaders, more championships than you can count! or will see in your lifetime, enough said.

  25. Drew - Aug 12, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    “Bosh is easy to handle; He’s nothing more than a cheap European version of Gasol, at best.”
    You do realize that Gasol IS European and Bosh is not, right?
    YOU don’t need to know who Bosh is, the rest of us do. I’ve never seen so many bitter and resentful Laker fans than on these messageboards. The Lakers are a great team, you don’t have to come up with ridiculous competitions to prove their worth. Better chearleaders? Who cares?

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