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Shaq talks about Heat’s “big two.” Somewhere Bosh shrugs.

Jul 19, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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All last season Dwyane Wade and LeBron James did their press conferences together, usually well after Chris Bosh cleaned up in the locker room, came out and did his by himself.

That combined with Bosh scoring 7 fewer points per game than either of the other two, and the fact the other two took over games far more regularly, led to a perception that it was not really a “big three” in Miami.

Enter Shaquille O’Neal. In his first gig as an analyst he didn’t disrespect Bosh so much as just dismiss him. The Associated Press sums it up.

The Miami Heat, they’ve got a lot of great players, the ‘Big Two.’ They will be back.

“LeBron James is taking a lot of criticism, but I know LeBron very well. He hears everything that everyone is saying, so I think he’s going to come back and have an MVP year this year….

“Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, you know, they’re great players, they’re probably the greatest backcourt ever assembled.”

Mario Chalmers would like to remind Shaq he was the Heat’s backcourt partner with Dwyane Wade. Chalmers would like to remind you of that, too, you probably forgot.

Bosh was never mentioned, intentionally as the door was opened a few times for the chance. Bosh heard this during the season and essentially shrugged. Whatever. He’s getting paid and he’s there to win and he seemed not to really care what people though of him or his role.

Sounds like Shaq has figured out this television thing. The fact remains though that the Heat will need big games — and frankly bigger games at both ends — from Bosh if they are to ever take that next step and win a title.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    They treat Bosh like the little

  2. edmazeing1 - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:43 PM


  3. tashkalucy - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    In the history of ProBasketballTalk, has there ever been a day where they didn’t have an article saying something about Lebron James and having his picture displayed?

  4. goforthanddie - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Bosh’s drop in production had nothing to do with Bosh. And Shaq must’ve missed the Finals, Bosh most definitely played bigger than leb.

  5. philiplewis1 - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Guarantee you the Mavs would take Bosh in a hearbeat

    • goforthanddie - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      So would pretty much every other team.

  6. nagidac - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Shaq referred to Bosh as the “RuPaul of Big Men” before because of Bosh’s complaining, so there could be some of that previous animosity influencing his comments as well.

    Of course, that doesn’t make him wrong.

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  8. lucky5934 - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Funny, I would say Bosh and Wade made up the “Big Two” in the NBA finals.

  9. bhester1906 - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    What’s with this Big 2, Big 3 stuff? The best team has won the Championship every year. How many stars did Dallas have again?

    • southbeachtalent - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      Dallas? Nah its all about the Heat, win or lose. Must suck for dallas fans.

  10. downtowndanny - Jul 19, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    um no, the “greatest backcourt ever assembled” wore numbers 23 & 33 respectively and if they met Wade & James in their primes Mike & Scotty would dominate, hands down (man down)

  11. diablito0402 - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    The big two, maybe shaq means the big 2 that lebrick averaged in the 4th quarters in the finals.

  12. diablito0402 - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Points that is.

  13. lucky5934 - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Well played Diablito0402… haha

  14. southbeachtalent - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Shaqs already going the easy route… What a revelation the “BIG 2” first time I ever hear that, what an original thought! (scarcasm)

    Shaq and Chuck are going to make a great team, two blowhards…We hate the Heat because blah, blah, blah. Chris Bosh looks like a cross-dresser, LeBron is a coward, and Wade is a dirty player. Blah, blah, blah. I know one channel I wont be watching if there is an NBA season…

  15. t16rich - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Why has this game 6 loss turned to a bash Bosh ceremony? If only Lebron showed half the heart Bosh did in game 6. Lets get back to the Lebron bashing. He basically gets paid for us to do it.

  16. urodaddy07 - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Altough I hate this “Big three or Big two” foolishness it’s a mistake to underestimate the importance of Chris Bosh. It may make for good tv but that was pretty poor basketball analysis on Shaq’s part.

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