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Chris Bosh would like Dwyane Wade taking the last shot

Jan 12, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James AP

Recently, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh was interviewed by GQ’s Mark Anthony Green, and he had some interesting (and relevant) things to say about who should be taking a hypothetical “last shot” for the Heat in a close game:

GQ: Quick hypothetical, toes aside: Let’s say the game was tied. 10 seconds left. You had 30 points, LeBron’s got 30, and Wade’s got 30. You got the same amount of rebounds, same amount of assists—having the same great game. Who takes the shot at the end to either win or loose the game.
Chris Bosh: [immediately] Dwyane.

GQ: Why?
Chris Bosh: Because of his success in the past, given what he’s done. He’s a champ. He’s an MVP, and he’s hit a bunch of last-second shots. That’s the time you have to put pride aside a little bit, and do what’s best for the team. He’s quickest, and he’s gonna get a shot off. He relishes those moments.

It’s hard to argue with Bosh’s logic: Nobody will argue that Bosh is the Heat’s 3rd option, LeBron is coming off a historic finals meltdown, and Wade has a ring thanks to one of the greatest clutch performances in the history of the NBA Finals. Even though Wade is, statistically speaking, the worst outside shooter of the “big three,” he is the fastest, and he does seem to have the most confidence in late-game situations — he’s already made a game-winning shot this season, while James cost his team the game with a bad foul on Chauncey Billups and some missed free throws at the end of regulation on Wednesday night.

This reminds me of an ESPN interview in the summer of 2008, when Boston’s “big three” had just come together, and they were all asked who should take the last shot in a hypothetical situation. Paul Pierce said “the open man,” as Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett both said Pierce’s name simultaneously. Wade is the incumbent, he’s the one with the ring, and he’s the one his teammates trust in big moments. However, Pierce’s point from 2008 is still valid — there are going to be times when Wade or LeBron will have to pass the ball and give a teammate the chance at making the key shot, and they’ll have to be ready for it, whether it’s Bosh or Mario Chalmers or Shane Battier.

  1. mikeewright7 - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Boston Fan
    Ummm great article but i think your wrong
    That Boston Celtics Last shot interview I believe Paul P, and KG both said Ray Allen and Ray Allen said the open the man, correct me if im wrong. im not perfect so i could be wrong

    • liltmac2003 - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      You do prove a good point, but I’ll tell you why I slightly disagree.

      The Wades, D-Roses, Kobes, Durants, on the NBA are paid and required to take that last second shot.

      Now I understand it’s a team effort and team sport, but when LeBron was still with the Cavs, there was a game once when they were down by 2. I forgot who they were playing and the importance of the game, but I do remember what happened.

      LeBron had the ball and went in the paint, everyone was assuming he was going to take a layup that actually had a chance of going in, when the outside man seen this he came to help and LeBron passed to the open man at the three-point line, Donyell Marshall who shot and missed the shot.

      Eventually LeBron was criticized for not taking the shot and blah, blah, blah.

    • blueintown - Jan 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      I remember this question being asked twice, once before they played a regular season game and once before (or possibly during) the first playoff run. Before the season, they both pointed to Pierce immediately. Come playoff time, it had somehow shifted to Ray.

  2. goforthanddie - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    GQ: Why?

    Bosh: I’d rather win.

  3. philtration - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Bosh is the Khloe of the Big 3

  4. mgscott - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Not1, Not 2, Not 3, Not 4..

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