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Chris Bosh: ‘(Heat) are still the best team in the league.’

Jan 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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From Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida after Miami’s Friday night loss to the Nuggets:

ChrisBosh-“We’re still the best team in the league You’re going to have to go through things like this Things aren’t always going to go wellSat Jan 14 06:57:06 via web

One problem, Boshness. You’re not.

I had held the same belief as Bosh right up until Friday night. There are certainly qualifiers. The Heat played a brutal three-games-in-four-nights set. Overtime in Golden State, then a back-to-back against the Clippers in Los Angeles, a day off and then playing in Denver’s altitude. Dwyane Wade suffered a sprained ankle and had already been dealing with other injuries. But these excuses don’t change the real make up of the game, which was that Denver, a phenomenal team in its own right, simply out-executed the Heat all game long.

Gone is the improved offensive flow we saw in the first week of the season. Gone are the defensive rotations predicting where the ball would go and cutting off angles. Gone is the energy, gone are the highlights, gone are the league’s best record.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls absolutely plastered the Boston Celtics on their home floor Friday night. Much will be made of the Celtics’ comeback but in reality, the Bulls got complacent, the Celtics caught up for a minute… and then the Bulls ran them out of the building again, behind Derrick Rose‘s brilliance. The Bulls have had the most dominating performance of the season since an opening week set of struggles. This doesn’t mean that over the long run of the season, the Heat won’t prove to be better. This certainly doesn’t mean that the Bulls will best the Heat in the playoffs.

But as for right now, the Heat aren’t the best team in the league. Not even close.

  1. mlblogsbig3bosox - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    I am by no means a Heat fan but you have to point the fact that Miami is in a road trip and has played less home games than Chicago. When they play at home they’re a different team and when they go back to Miami that will give them confidence in the long stretch. I don’t know if they’re the best team right now but it won’t be too long before they are again.
    Note: They’re success also depends on D-Wade’s health.

    • kderrick21 - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Actually no. The bulls have played 9 road games and are 7-2. They are 4-0 at home. The Heat have played 8 road games (5-3) and 3-1 at home. Bulls have played more road games.

    • pudgalvin - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      The Bulls did 4 in 6 out West and finished 3-1. They may end up being the best team when they start playing the Bobcats and Nets again.

    • brooklynbulls - Jan 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      The Bulls (11-2) have played a league high nine road games, including the only back to back to back sweep of the season this week. Just thought you would like a few facts to go along with your rant.

  2. bearsstillsuck - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    The heat will never win a ring as is.

    • dadawg77 - Jan 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      Why I hope that is the case, they got to the Finals last year so you can not make that statement with any certainty.

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Like a Bosh.

  3. tampajoey - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Not only does a team need to have the skill but they also need mental toughness to get through the playoffs and win an NBA title.

    Lebron and Bosh have the mental toughness of a marshmallow. I can’t wait to watch another Heat meltdown in the playoffs.

    • gv1221 - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Getting to the finals is a meltdown? I’ll take it.

      • goforthanddie - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        That’s what leb said.

    • redbullenergydrink - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      So Karl Malone, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Allen Iverson, and Chris Webber all lacked mental toughness?

      • pudgalvin - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        No, they all lacked playing with either Michael Jordan or Shaquille O’neal. It’s one thing when they’re a behemoth in the league that’s just too good, it’s another when you should be the behemoth.

        That being said, Lebron’s 27. Jordan didn’t win till he was 28. I would be shocked if Lebron doesn’t finish his career with multiple rings. I just hope my Bulls don’t end up being the Knicks/Jazz of this era.

      • goforthanddie - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Webber couldn’t count and Iverson…was Iverson. So yeah, those two definitely lacked.

  4. uscfan1988 - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Hasn’t hating the heat been out dated?

    • philtration - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      Not as much as rooting for them.

    • chuckj1234 - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:49 AM

      Yes. But there arrogance is on going.

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      I think it fades from time to time.

      Then one of them tweets something like this.

  5. silversun60 - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Dear Chris,

    You suck now, always have, always will.


  6. boondocksaint224 - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Bosh needs to just shut up and let his game do the talking. Self-proclamations earn you no respect, winning games does. And as far as I can see, the Heat don’t have the best record in the league, nor are they the defending champions. Don’t sing it, bring it.

  7. lameasish - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    This writer flip flops so much it is starting to make me laugh. When they start winning again he will say how good they are. I will take Miami over Denver any day. It was one game, relax pal.

  8. goforthanddie - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    It’s nice to see Bosh stand up and start speaking. Shame he has to sound like leb. And Miami hasn’t been the best in the league since they won the title.

  9. qdog112 - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Did he cry again?

  10. chitownbulls - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    The Bulls have had a tougher schedule than Miami, just so we are clear. The Bulls opened the season on the West Coast in a 4-game swing. They have played the same number of home games, which is 4. They’ve played one more road game than Miami, a league-high 9.

    Bulls home games – 4-0
    Miami home games – 3-1

    Bulls road games – 7-2
    Miami road games – 5-3

    Like the author stated, we are only 12-13 games into the season so there is a lot more basketball to be played, however, it is telling that the same thing happened to the Heat last year. Not their fault, its just the amount of scrutiny. They start out with a bang, bulldoze some teams and viola, they are crowned NBA champions by ESPN and most of the NBA community. To fans, the games feel like they are just being played as a formality.

    THEN, they get challenged, get placed under the microscope (LeBron especially, its embarrassing really… Yesterday on ESPN, Jon Barry, Wilbon, Magic and Broussard talked about the upcoming matchup btwn the Celts and the Bulls for about 8 seconds – I’m not exaggerating – because they couldn’t stop themselves from dishing on Lebron, the Heat and their 4th quarter woes), and go on an absolute slide. It DOES make you wonder what their momentum, strength, dominance, etc. is built on. Is it based on where they stand with the media, or do these guys really know who they are as a team? Yes, I am a Bulls homer, but I am seriously posing this question.

    D.Rose and the Bulls on the other hand get about 1/3 of the attention, wouldn’t be mentioned on ESPN if it weren’t for Legs and Bucher and in my opinion, don’t give a damn what the media thinks. They just want to beat you. If they lose, they start over again. It will be interesting to see how this season unravels. I’m not making any predictions, its too early, however you gotta play the games prior to giving a team a coronation.


  11. barklikeadog - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    HA HA!

  12. mcjon22 - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Of course they are melting down, look at their coach! He looks lost, shows no confidence, and Drops to his knees, pounds the floor, and covers his face anytime they get behind. This guy is laughable. Riley won’t take the job though, because deep down he knows they are fatally flawed. They’re individuals, not a team. They’ll never win a ring if that doesn’t change

    • goforthanddie - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Can’t blame the coach when your alleged star doesn’t lelisten and has lehabit of lechoking.

  13. gatorays - Jan 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    shouldnt bosh be one of the better players on the heat to talk

  14. asublimeday - Jan 14, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Tolddddddd ya. Bulls just play a better brand of basketball. The heat are so one-dimensional that by simply partially full-court pressing them you neutralize their whole winning strategy.

    • blueintown - Jan 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      The Bulls play the same brand of basektball as they did last season, only with a less effective front line. If they want to get past Miami, Howard is waiting.

  15. blueintown - Jan 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Matt — I’m a bit confused. Up until Friday night, you agreed the Heat were the best team in the NBA. By my calculations, today is Saturday, and the Heat are “not even close” to being the best team in the league. Knee-jerk much?

  16. antmings - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    bulls are 7-2 on the road this year…meaning they have only played 4 home gms…#facts

  17. irishjackmp - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    And this is what the “big 3” don’t get it in Miami. They seem to be under the delusion that the dislike from fans comes from envy (i.e all three decided to sign with the heat rather than our respective teams) and it isn’t that. It’s the arrogance.

    It’s Lebron letting fans in Cleveland find out he was leaving via infomercial…

    It’s holding a preseason championship rally talking about all of the championships you are going to win. prior to winning any…

    It’s Lebron and Wade mocking Nowitzki on TV during the finals for being sick… even as Nowitzki was torching your team night after night in the finals…

    And now it’s Bosh (BTW – how is this guy a max contract guy, exactly?) talking about how they are “still” the best team. Hey Chris, there was a championship ring presentation earlier this year and the Heat weren’t in it. I think you can figure out why.

    All these guys do is talk and talk. Maybe they will eventually figure out they should actually accomplish something first…

  18. juanandonly24 - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Watch him flip flop when they start getting hot again. It’s not like they’re not going to have at least the 2nd seed in the East simply because after the Heat and Bulls, there just isn’t much depth. Regardless, people need to stop overreacting. The playoffs are where it matters and they completely destroyed the Eastern Conference.

  19. pxeeks - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    How about those 76’ers??

  20. ispysomething7 - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Moore’s in the ER being diagnosed with two broken ankles from jumping off that Heat bandwagon.

  21. cluelessdufus - Jan 15, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    really i hate everybody that the heat are the best team for there players they need chemistry my chicago bulls finally got a great team 9 road wins and the thunderare still there too

  22. aaaayes - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Ah how quickly people forget. Heats had similar problem last season. The bulls won every regular season game against the heats. The heats couldn’t win against the elite. I remember how every heats hater would tell us that the Heats would have no chance against the bulls in the conference final. Guess what? The MVP was shut down by LeBron, and they couldn’t get pass game 5. This year will be the same. Adding Hamilton alone won’t help.

  23. rosloe62 - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    What’s up with Bosh? Why not make your team better before spouting off. Nobody cares if you think the Heat are the best team! First the Fins not getting Fisher and now the third best player on the Heat making a stupid comment. Something bad must be in the South Beach air!

    • asuthyo - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      Apparently you and all the other people commenting here care enough to take the time to write a comment. Whether you love them or hate them, people still care. They get the most attention because they bring the most attention.

  24. premiumpit - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I guess now a days your the best team if you lose the championship game and dont get a ring…Bosh your soft as a cupcake…The heat the best team…hahahahahaha…best joke i heard all day…

  25. uscfan1988 - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    So what is he supposed to say? we stink? People juat want to hate on the Heat plain and simple. I dont see any hate when Amare said last year the Knicks are back. No better than what lebron and company did. Anyways go Lakers…..

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