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Chris Bosh talks Game 6 tears, emotion

Jun 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

I came out of Game 6, and really these entire playoffs, liking Chris Bosh more than I did going in. And I liked him going in.

On the court in the playoffs he showed how he can be a quality counterbalance to the Heat’s ball handling combination of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. When given a mismatch to exploit, he did so well.

But after the Game 6 loss he left the court and collapsed in tears. For some out there, that was another reason to mock the big man, and he was asked bout those tears in his post season interview, as recorded by the Miami Herald.

“I haven’t experienced that pain in a very long time,” Bosh said. “To be so close and work so hard and come up short, it just got to me. It took over me.

“I’m not an emotional guy. I couldn’t help it. I got it out of me and feel a lot better.”

Bosh’s postgame emotion showed me how much he cared. How much he wanted it. No arrogant remarks to the media, just a guy who sounded humbled and clearly hurt.

Bosh can get overshadowed by LeBron and Wade, he is not a guy with a big personality. But after Game 6, he seemed more humanized, I could relate to him more. The loss felt personal to him.  I have no doubt Bosh will come back next playoffs better, and more mentally prepared to take one more step forward.

  1. redbear18 - Jun 17, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    I was one of those “Heat Haters” who wanted them to lose, (it will say that you can buy a championship if they ever win a title) but I think Bosh totally deserved this. Any normal person, after getting this close to a goal, would show some emotion and cry a little. I’m not a jerk, I don’t hate the Heat, I just don’t want them to win a title because Pat Riley bought one. There is nothing wrong with what Bosh did. He may be a genetic freak and an insane athlete, but he is still human. Show a little respect.

    • edweird0 - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM

      Not to sound like a hater here but it’s like everyone seems to forget that The reason the Mavs have such a great team is because Cuban has spent close to a billion dollars on payroll. So he essentially did buy a championship by circumventing a bunch of NBA rules. Just sayin…

      • savocabol1 - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

        If you want to use that logic then we should be saying this about the Lakers and Celtics. Both have been in the top 3 or 4 in NBA team payroll for the past five or more years.

  2. zrbk - Jun 17, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Upon watching the press conference after Game 6, I really felt that Bosh cared more about winning than we thought he did. Too bad he’s Lebron’s teammate. Otherwise he won’t be receiving that much pressure for signing with the Heat last summer.

  3. savocabol1 - Jun 17, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    People (media) blow athletes crying way out of proportion. I can’t speak for the rest of America, but I do not need to hear an explanation as to why Bosh was emotional.

    With that being said, why haven’t we seen any articles about post-championship interviews from anyone on the Mavs?

  4. medtxpack - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    still looks like a raptor…now an emotional raptor…

  5. thetooloftools - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Bosh will come out next year like a man possessed.
    He’ll be an animal.

  6. gandalf47 - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Maybe LeBron can learn some humility from his teammate. Bosh shedding some tears after losing Game Six after losing is very telling, as is LeBron’s flippant attitude. Bosh really wanted to win it – LeBron acted like it was no big deal, and he was just “going to go back and live his great life tomorrow”. Part of LeBron’s problem is that he hasn’t earned anything in his life. He was born with more talent than pretty much anyone ever, and he still hasn’t won a ring. He skipped college (which may have been financially good move, but it would have matured him a bit, and made him into a better team player), he gave up on his home team, even though he was in a position to win a title three times, and at least two of those three times, it was LeBron’s lack of leadership that cost him the ring, and he thought that just by surrounding him with two other superstars, he could just “mail it in”, and pick up his ring at the end of the Finals.

    Bosh is more of a real man than LeBron is now, tears and all. But LeBron is only 26, and if he can learn a little humility, he just might “man-up” someday. If not – he will join the list of great players with no rings (unless Pat Riley buys two MORE superstars).

    • edweird0 - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      Dude how did Pat Riley “Buy” Bosh & Lebron when they both took less than their market value? Yes I get the fact that they cheated the system in terms of parity but Cuban literally has cheated the system by spending the most money to acquire the most talent. There’s a reason the Mavs have the highest payroll in the league.

      • goforthanddie - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        Mind explaining how Cuban cheated the system, when the league office has access to every player contract?
        Answer: He didn’t, and you’re a moron.

      • savvybynature - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM

        Uhh.. The Mavs payroll is not the highest in the league. Why don’t you try to verify some of these statements before posting instead of making yourself look stupid? You obviously have an internet connection. Try google.com. I don’t know if you have heard of it, but it’s pretty amazing.

      • damp1015 - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM

        They may not have the highest but they are 2nd highest…lets be real now. If the Heat are hated for trying to buy a championship, so is the Lakers, Bulls, Celtics, what else do you want to call it? Every company no matter the NBA, Walmart, Nestle, they each are trying their best to acquire who they believe will make the best team.

  7. nfl25 - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    bosh dont gotta explain a thing. he should be emotional after losing the champioship. collapsing in the hall was a little much but hey if thats how he feels and he aint scared for people to know it, then i kind of like him for that.

    i rooted for the heat to lose but i never had a problem with bosh. leborn, wade, chalmers and even howard annoyed the hell out of me. even when bosh pounded his chest every time he dunked, i would get mad but not hate him the way i hate that team.

    i actually wish bosh would play somehwre else so i could hope he wins one. but as long as he on the heat i gotta hope he doesnt. i hope he continues to play well. he was amazing in the playoffs and pretty good in the finals. just because you dont dunk over 3 people or hits 3’s, doesnt mean u arent playing well. seemed like he never missed a jumper or a free throw and blocked some shots

  8. dgforreal - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    I’m a Bosh fan now after seeing this guys character. He shouldn’t even be considered part of the Big 3, not because of talent, but because of his humility and character.

  9. efueshe - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    The only thing that pissed me off about Bosh this year was when he took offense to Omer Asik diving for a loose ball near his leg and said this: “C’mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen. You’ve got to watch people’s legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job. We all want to be healthy and that is very important If it is by somebody’s leg, don’t dive for the ball, it’s too close.” First of all, if anyone in that situation should have had any thoughts about how to feed his family it would be Omer and secondly I truly was shocked that a basketball player took umbrage to another one hustling on the court for a loose ball. Then, I took into account the team he played for and it that just showed another reason why I should hate the Heat. But after seeing him really want it, I was sad for him. Nobody talked when D. Fish cried in 03 vs the Spurs or in Game 3 after he took over the game; instead, everyone talked about how much he wanted it and what a committed athlete he is, which of course was and is absolutely true. The same respect should be shown to Bosh.

  10. goforthanddie - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Almost makes me want to see Bosh traded to a winner, he deserves better than leb.

  11. andyhr17 - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    How do you say that the Mavs “bought” a title when they have one legit superstar? They won because they are solid from top to bottom, loaded with role players, and had a solid bench. It’s not like they are loaded with max contract players. you’re really saying they bought a title with a starting lineup that included a 38-year old Jason Kidd, JJ Barea, Shawn Marion, and Tyson Chandler?

    • andyhr17 - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      Oops. forgot to hit the reply button for this. This post is in response to edweird0’s post. My bad.

  12. david8726 - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    The Mavericks are being accused of “buying” a championship by some because only the Knicks have spent more money than Dallas over the last decade.

    Mark Cuban has never hesitated to use his deep pockets to work around the NBA’s soft cap to improve his team’s chances. Ziller wrote a great article about it over at sbnation.

    He does things like –

    – Trading his first round picks and immediately buying back into the first round almost every year.
    – Signing players that he never plans on using just so they can be trade chips for players he wants. For example, they signed Keith Van Horn to a contract solely to trade him for Kidd, and they were able to do this even though they were so far over the cap.
    – Under the table deals such as the one with toronto that landed Peja.

    Personally, I don’t think Cuban is evil. I think it’s awesome that he loves his team so much that he’s willing to pay a high price to win.

    But I think it’s pretty funny that the Heat are being accused of trying to “buy” a title and the Mavericks are being held up by some as a symbol of basketball purity given how much of cubans money was spent to make this happen.

    • goforthanddie - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      Every owner in the league is trying to buy a title, that’s the whole point. The difference is Dallas built a team slowly and intelligently. Riley went out and bought leb/Bosh and assumed the next 5 years would be automatic.

    • neeciekay - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      Difference is: THE MAVS AREN’T COCKY BUTT-HOLES!!

    • david8726 - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      goforthanddie,

      You’re wrong to claim that every owner is trying to buy a title. There are enormous differences in spending in the league. The biggest spending team this year was the Lakers ($91 million). The lowest spending team was the Kings ($44 million).

      Most NBA teams try and work within the confines of the salary cap. Other teams like the Lakers and Dallas just ignore the cap entirely to try and remain contenders annually.

      There was nothing “slow and intelligent” about how Dallas built their team. “Slowly and intelligently” building your team would be what OKC or Chicago did. Those teams actually used the draft and cap space that they spent years clearing to become better.

      Dallas has been a contender for years and they’ve held on to that position by overpaying guys with their mid level every year and being willing to have huge payrolls.

      It’s funny that you say the Heat supposedly didn’t do things slowly and intelligently when, in reality, they had to spend THREE YEARS clearing cap space to sign the big three….. And even after those signings, they are still only #17 in the league in payroll.

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