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Chris Bosh says loyalty is for suckers

Aug 23, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bosh-heat.jpgChris Bosh clearly went to school on Kevin Garnett.

 

KG stayed loyal for years to Minnesota while the quality of players around him disintegrated. Until the losing got to be too much. Eventually he forced his way out, landed in Boston with other superstars, won a title and now goes on the record saying he should have done it all earlier.

 

Bosh didn’t wait. (Neither did LeBron, although there were other factors in play there.) Sports Illustrated asked him what role loyalty should have in free agency and the answer was cold.

 

It should have none. Loyalty is an added bonus. It’s great that some guys want to be loyal, but you can be unhappy trying to be loyal, and there’s no reason to bring loyalty into the business room. … People have to look at it as a business. Fans get very wrapped around it because it’s a sport. And sports are a little different but they’re businesses first and that’s how we have to choose sometimes. Sometimes people understand, sometimes people don’t.

 

What fans expect is their loyalty to be respected, and returned in some degree. That means sticking through some tough times, like the fans did in Toronto with Bosh — only to be told their loyalty doesn’t really matter. That’s not how Bosh meant it, but it is how it can be perceived.

 

The NBA is a business, and players have to treat it as such. The NBA business machine will spit out players that are not performing and cast them to the side regardless of situation. There is noloyalty there. Fans have to realize that, too; they have to understand the harsh realities of the business from the player’s perspective.

 

But to say loyalty has no place suggests that maybe the fans loyalty should be the same way. And then what would be the fun of sports fandom? Or sports period.

  1. Charlie Murphy - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Rick James was just trying to be funny…..have you guys ever watched Dave Chapelle???? Damn.

  2. ron - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    nba has big problems. all of a sudden we are to believe that bosh is a superstar and new nba spokesman. look at his career stats. 18 points and not even 9 rebounds. big deal. not even shot blocker. skinny foward compared to other nba fowards. he will get along great with other head case queen lebron

  3. truelakerfan - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Really? Kobe Bryant, loyal to his team for the last 17 years = 5 rings…

  4. Robj - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    You said:
    “Really? Kobe Bryant, loyal to his team for the last 17 years = 5 rings…”
    Not really. There was a time when he demanded a trade. The Lakers didn’t do it and Kobe eventually came around.
    If the Lakers would have given him the trade he WANTED, he wouldn’t be a Laker right now.

  5. Brandan - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Actually there was a time that Kobe wanted to be traded. 5 rings? 3 of those are Shaq’s, 2 are his’s but he couldn’t do much until Pau joined the team. That is just another proof that to win a ring you need to stack the deck.Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, keep going back, Pistons, Bulls, all of them had at least 2 stars. And don’t give me that Jordan was by himself cause even he said that Pippen never gets the credit he deserves.Even if we call loyal the fact Kobe stayed in LA is easier to be loyal when you already have rings in your resume. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Lakers, I just like basketball even more and facts are facts.

  6. tib3 - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    i dont understand if he is talking about championship n moving on its fine.but talking about bussiness money ,how much money do people(these player) need.nba is overrated .

  7. MSG Walker - Sep 10, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    I am not a Miami or Chris Bosh fan but if everyone stuck to his main point in “THIS” piece, you’d have to say he is correct. The team will trade you, waive you, cut you, etc… if they need to to get under a cap or get a better player. It is a business and Chris Bosh made a business decision no matter how immature and young everyone thinks he is. Be a “FAN” and not a “FANATIC!” Its all dollars and cents, so come back to earth people. Tx

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