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Chris Bosh is cool with you hating the Heat

Aug 18, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bosh-heat.jpgIt’s trendy to hate the Heat, what with their ripping the hearts out of Cleveland to form the Superfriends. Trust me, plenty of people around the league have the hate, some going so far as to say the only thing that could ever get them to root for the Lakers in the finals would be the Heat.

And the Heat have embraced it all with a love-me-or-hate-me attitude — they’ve got Scarface rip-off T-Shirts, their entire staff walks into Summer League in Vegas wearing black. You almost expect the Darth Vader theme to follow them around.

And Chris Bosh is good with that. Hate away, he told Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

“It’s a healthy hate,” said Bosh. “When the Lakers came to town, I hated the Lakers. It’s what you need as motivation to beat these guys. We know we’re going to get a team’s best every single night. We know we’re going to get the crowds best every single night. We have a big X on our back. People are saying our team is not good for basketball. We’re going to hear everything. It’s OK. It’s going to happen. We just have to win and keep on moving.”

  1. Kako - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Chris Bosh is a bum. Who cares about him.

  2. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    and cue the lakers fans chiming in, in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

  3. Phil - Aug 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    hahaha! the hate is pure!

  4. saveahoe11 - Aug 18, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Calling someone a “hater” is the true mark of an ignorant and childish individual. By doing this you basically are saying I can’t articulate an argument or fact for why I belive what I do, so Im just going to call you a “hater.” Calling someone a “hater” shows a person lacks the ability to string together coherent and original thought….

  5. David - Aug 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    And what exactly would be the legitimate argument for hating the Heat?
    Unlike the Yankees, they formed their team under a salary cap, thanks in large part to having a brilliantly persuasive GM. It tooks four years of planning and clearing cap space by Pat Riley to make this happen.
    Unlike the Lakers, none of their stars have ever been known for being asses to their teammates with streaks of selfishness. The Heat’s big three is an unselfish trio that is likely to play some incredible team ball.
    None of the big three have ever committed any crime. As a matter of fact, all of them are seen as some of the better people in the league (no, LeBron having a huge ego does not, in any way, make him a bad person. Have perspective, folks).
    No, the hate for this team stems from two things –
    1. They are angry that the players actually chose to exercise the power that the CBA gives them to join together. Fans are perfectly ok when super teams are formed via the draft or trades, but for some reason, they hate it when the players decide to do the same thing. All LeBron, Wade, and Bosh did is give themselves the same chance to dominate that Bird, McHale, Parish, and Magic, Worthy, and Kareem had.
    2. Fans from opposing teams know they’re going to get their faces beaten in for years by these guys. People are scared of these guys. You hate what you know is going to rip you apart.

  6. JoJo is Smiling - Aug 18, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Well said Chris Bosh…..and let just see what unfolds.
    All the “haters” or “Anti-Heaters” (as i call them) in the meantime should give it a break and see what happens on the court…which is where it counts

  7. Anonymous - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    You are a bright guy. Very objective, which is rare in the subjective world of sports. I agree.

  8. deathday - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    You are a bright guy. Very objective, which is rare in the subjective world of sports. I agree.

  9. sheed - Aug 18, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    That rockstar smokeblowing thing they did together was very corny! Seriously who does that.

  10. doc - Aug 18, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    …says “saveahoe11″…incredibly “original”.And not “childish” in the least. Seriously some of you people need to look yourselves in the mirror before judging others. I’m sure when you were all 25 you all did what you were expected to do you and never made a stupid decision. i was not a fan of his decision, but then again it was NOT my decision. All this “hate” only shows how petty some people really are. Grow up folks

  11. Anonymous - Aug 18, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    David you are sadly misinformed and living in a fantasy world. First and foremost the mere fact that Riley was planning this for four years behind everyones back makes him scumbag A. By circumventing CBA rules and putting out back channel feelers he shows how much of a snake he is. As far as being jerks to teammates, Lebron QUIT on his team in the playoffs, he never thanked one teammate he had on the cavs after they gave all they had for the team. Thats a pretty big d bag move. As far as trying to play these guys as unselfish and taking less money get real. There’s no tax in Florida and in all actuality he left about 4 million on the table because he did a sign and trade. Lebrons a pariah and so are the heat because the way they have gone about thier business. They are over the top, selling hype and promise and not results. All of these stars and thier responses this summer have made them a walking punchline. Frankly someone who supports a scumbag like Lebron and the Heat is a scumbag themselves….

  12. ihearthaters - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    i dont see why any of you are so concerned with the decisions that someone else who you have no personal involvement with has made. im a fan of watching good athletics. i cant wait to see a team who can compete with and beat teams like the lakers and celtics. when peirce and garnet were brought together no one wined and complained about people being “scumbags” or “cheaters”. everyone who lives vicariously through athletes and gets personally upset about the decisions that they make is a loser. so thats would be pretty much most of you. make your own money and take the job that YOU want to have. dont get made that you dont have the options that these fantastic athletes have.

  13. LeQuit James - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Hey D-Wade (as i remove his cock from my mouth) who is Chris Bosh ?

  14. David - Aug 19, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Pat Riley did put out back channel feelers. So did about 29 other NBA GMs. It’s been reported that there has been more tampering going on related to this free agency than any other period in history. So, get off your high horse about Riley somehow gaining an unfair advantage.
    Riley pulled this off because he blew up his entire roster. No other GM was as disciplined at clearing cap space as he was. He succeeded because he’s charismatic and because he had the most money.
    RE – LeBron. No one knows what really happened in this playoffs with him. I’m sure a book will get written about it someday that will give us more insight, but for now no one can say for sure whether he quit, or why (if he did).
    RE – The big three being unselfish.
    Yes, they are unselfish. They sacrificed more than money to make this happen. All three of them are going to give up shots and will be sharing the spotlight to make this happen. If they were selfish, they would have opted to stay on their own teams (or at least join with only one other star.. not two). But they didn’t. They joined forces in the name of winning.
    As for your last comment…. this is sports, buddy. Chill the hell out and enjoy it.

  15. Shock Exchange - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    INTERPRETATION: Barkley calls Lebron a “punk” . . . What he meant to say —–>

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