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Chris Bosh is okay with the fact you don’t love him

Feb 6, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

Heats' Bosh moves around Raptors' Davis during their NBA basketball game in Miami Reuters

Chris Bosh is going to make the All-Star team. The coaches (who choose the reserves) will put him on the squad, no question. He’s one of the best forwards in the game and deserves to be in Orlando at the end of the month for the big showcase.

But you the fans didn’t vote him in. The forwards in the East were LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Bosh actually finished fifth in the voting also behind Kevin Garnett and Amare Stoudemire. Even though Bosh scores more points, is shooting at a higher percentage and is overall playing better this season than KG and STAT. Frankly, Bosh is playing better than ‘Melo, too, and of all people Charles Barkley came to his defense during the All-Star starters announcement show on TNT.

Bosh has helped win the USA a gold medal and is on the NBA’s biggest draw, but he’s not worried about the fan reaction, he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“I’m not a popular guy, I guess,” he said matter-of-factly of the fan vote for All-Star starters. “I don’t think I am. I don’t appeal to the popular crowd.”


“I don’t know,” he said. “That’s a good question. And you know, it doesn’t really matter to me. I just try to be the best player I can be.”

He’s always seemed a third wheel with the Heat’s power two, just a really good third wheel to have on the court. A guy who provides a balance to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James slashing style. A guy who can be a matchup nightmare.

But he’s not as flamboyant off the court, he’s sort of quiet and doesn’t go around saying things that make headlines. He’s not winning the popularity contest.

But he’s still the second best forward in the East.

  1. miamatt - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    I couldn’t agree more. His ability to catch and shoot sets him apart from Wade/Lebron, and his length affects shots, even if he doesn’t get a ton of blocks. He’s been way better than Melo, Stoudemire, or KG this year (was better than KG in the playoff matchup last year, as well).

    Bosh is starting to get comfortable shooting the three (though he still does it rarely); if he makes that a bigger part of his game he will be devastating.

    • jjordannba - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      KG actually averaged more points and rebounds than Bosh in that series, Which is sad

  2. glink123 - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Luol Deng > Chris Bosh

    • miamatt - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      I have utmost respect for Deng, but it’s not even close. Bosh would score 23-24 ppg for Chicago, while shooting a high percentage. He would at least match, if not exceed Deng’s 7.5 RPG as well. Bosh averaged 10+ rebounds a night until he started playing with two of the best perimiter rebounders in basketball in James and Wade.

      Deng is shooting 43.1% to get his 16 a night. Bosh is shooting 51.9% to get his 19.7. Bosh is a better free throw shooter as well.

      Of course, Deng is a better perimiter defender, but then, that’s not Bosh’s position.

      • philtration - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        Deng does not during or after games.

  3. gmsalpha - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Bosh will never be the popular kid. He’s quiet and quite frankly, he’s goofy looking with no chin and a long neck. But he would definitely be one of my starting forwards and I would take him on my team above almost any other player at his position. As long as his status doesn’t bother him and he knows his play helps the Heat’s chances of winning the title, it’s all good. Unselfish players are an asset to the league, especially on a team with two divas like Wade and James.

  4. hawknuts - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Must be hard to put up numbers when the other teams have to worry about 2 of the best premier players in the league torching them.

    Guy has no backbone, he bailed on his team in Canada and ran to be lebron’s little buddy. they acted like they won at a press conference before the season even started. You really think its hard to understand why you are not popular? An entire country despises the way you shafted them, and a large majority of americans are calling you out for wanting to be a third wheel instead of the man or even a sidekick to the man.

    Put Stat or KG on this team and they could do the same with their eyes closed. Bosh can play but he isn’t half of what you are making him out to be because of the relief he receives from playing with lebron and wade.

  5. vicktator - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Andre Iguodala should be starting over Bosh, Melo, Stat, Garnett, and any forward in the east not named Lebron.

  6. isujames - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    ^ very funny.

  7. goforthanddie - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    What’s not to like? Bosh is hard-working, doesn’t shoot stupidity out of his idiothole, and cares. Of the Threego, he’s easily the most likable (closing in on ONLY likable).

  8. cluelessdufus - Feb 7, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    you heat fans take Bosh for granted he probably a top 3 forward but heat fans are greedy and stupid besides Rose Bosh is my favorite player i voted for him you guys take him for granted and with Lebron and Wade

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