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Chris Bosh opens up about crying last year, injuries now

May 28, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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Chris Bosh clearly just wants another shot at it.

He and the Heat came within two games of winning an NBA championship last season, he helped them get there by being the most consistent Heat player through the playoffs (including outplaying Kevin Garnett in the second round). If there was ever any doubt to Bosh’s importance — and there shouldn’t have been — these playoffs cleared it up.

But that’s not what people remember with Bosh. They remember him crying after Game 6 against Dallas, after the Heat had been eliminated and he was in tears walking back to the locker room. This following a report of crying in the Heat locker room earlier in the season.

Bosh was not in the least bit apologetic about that in speaking to Tom Haberstroh for a fantastic article at ESPN (really, click the link and read the entire thing).

“To people who made fun of it, I thought it was messed up,” Bosh says of his tearful meltdown. “It meant that much to me.

“What are your dreams?” Bosh asks. “What do you want the most out of anything in this world? Dangle it in front of you, work hard as hell to get it, and then take it away. Gone.”

Bosh or any other player crying doesn’t bother me — we ask these players to be passionate, to care, to go after a ring with all their energy and heart. If they lose, you’re okay with them just blasting some Drake in the locker room and getting on with their lives? No. We want emotion and passion, and if you just miss out on something you worked for that hard, then crying is a normal response.

But Bosh has always been the easy target because he gave up big numbers and the chance to be his own show to come be the third guy in Miami. He knew that going in.

“I’m an easy target,” Bosh said. “I’m not as boisterous and flamboyant as other players. I don’t jump as high and I’m not as fast as Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. I don’t have many highlight plays, but I can play this game.“

He wants to play this game and talks about feeling like an outsider right now, forced to sit because of an abodo. Bosh is going through some mild workouts but is not expected back for the Eastern Conference finals. The NBA finals… Bosh wants to be back for that. If he can be ready in a couple weeks remains to be seen, but he’s trying.

He clearly wants another shot.

  1. abchome - May 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    When will he back from maternity leave?

    • lyndseymarieee - May 29, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Because child birth is easy, right?

  2. finsfan71 - May 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Bosh is an athlete whom any kid should look up to. There are some good guys who play this sport, glad to root for this guy.

    • TheJStyles - May 28, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      I’ll say this.

      At least Bosh was up front and honest with Toronto. And while talking about what team you’ll play for NEXT while you’re still under CONTRACT isn’t the greatest thing. He didn’t string them along like ‘Melo and LeBron did..

      • 00maltliquor - May 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        Ummm…are you kidding me?? He kept saying Toronto was still on his list until free agency hit. Then he shook. Ask a Toronto fan…

      • TheJStyles - May 29, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        I just remember him tweeting things like “Who should I play for NEXT?”

        And if anyone in Toronto actually thought he was staying, that’s their own fault.

  3. cantonbound13 - May 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    soft

  4. lakerluver - May 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Hope he saved some tears for this season, because the Heatles have very little chance of beating the Spurs, with or without Bosh.

    • pellypell - May 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Way to look past the Celtics.

      • 00maltliquor - May 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Celtics ain’t touching those boys, man. They’ve gotten as far as they could and it WILL be a hard fought series but when it’s all said and done it’ll be 4-2 Heat. No way in hell, with or without Bosh do the C’s advance.

    • scorp16 - May 28, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Yeah…You’re right. This year’s version of the San Antonio Spurs are the greatest team that has ever played basketball in the history of the NBA. No other teams even have a shot….Hell OKC should just pack up now and go home. The Heat and Celtics should just cancel the game tonight. Maybe Micky Arison can take them all out on a cruise to celebrate the Spurs’ greatness.

      Spurs did what they had to do…Protect Home court and they did it by 3 points. I’m not so sure the Spurs even make it to the Finals.

      Miami will have a tougher time than people think against the Celts but in the end…The Celts will wear down…Two tough series against ATL and Philly will take their toll.

      As for Miami v Spurs…The Heat match up better with them than a lot of people think they do. I’ll be the first to tell you the regular season means squat but the Heat did beat the Spurs by 22 earlier this year without Wade. To say the Spurs will steamroll them is purely idiotic.

      • solomon151 - May 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM

        Really, Idiotic!?!?!?! I see you seemed to point out that the Heat was without Wade in that meaningless regular season game. But, Who was the Spurs without?? The Spurs is a much better team then the Heat. Much better than what the Mav’s where last year. So, Did the Mav’s steamroll the Heat last year?? If these two teams meet up in the Finals, Expect the same results..

  5. pellypell - May 28, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    “I’m not as flamboyant as other players”

    Today I learned Chris doesn’t own a mirror. Not that there is anything even remotely wrong with it, but dude has the limp wrist down to a science.

  6. savvybynature - May 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Bosh is the one member of the Heat that would be worth rooting for, except that his teammates seem like d-bags.

    Making fun of Dirk for being sick. The foul on Rondo in last year’s playoffs seemed suspicious to me at the time, but after watching Wade lower his head and throw a shoulder into a defenseless Collison in the Pacers series, there is no doubt in my mind that DWade is a dirty player. And all the flopping is annoying, unnecessary and makes the game boring to watch. Predicting 7 championships and saying it would be easy was disrespectful to the history of the game and all the other great players chasing rings. Now with Spoelstra complaining about the officiating, the Heat have just given us too many reasons to hate them. Are you even a hater for hating a team that deserves to be hated? I think that’s just called being a normal person.

    Seems like a good dude, and I don’t blame him for going to Miami, but I can’t be a fan unless he dons a different jersey.

    • mytthor - May 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      The not 1, not 2, etc quote by LeBron has got to be the most often misquoted line ever in sports. He didn’t “guarantee” the championships. He was asked “you came to Miami to win championships, not championship, but championships. Not 1. Tell us about that” And he responded with the “that’s right, not 1, not 2, not 3…” So he said his intent was to win multiple championships. Is there anyone in the NBA whose goal shouldn’t be to win multiple championships? Who doesn’t say they’re going to win when you’re at a damn pep rally? Expecting him to say anything else is stupid.

      • savvybynature - May 28, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        He could have said, “That’s our goal. There are a lot of great players in this league, but we think we have the talent to compete for championships for years to come.”

        It’s not that hard actually.

      • mytthor - May 28, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        It wasn’t some sort of serious interview, it was a pep rally in front of the home fans. My point was though, everyone kills him for “guaranteeing” multiple championships, when he didn’t.

      • kavika6 - May 29, 2012 at 2:44 AM

        I watched part of that pep rally and it looked to me like they were celebrating their first championship before the season even started.

    • neeciekay - May 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      100% agree with you savvybynature. Bosh is the only dude on this squad that shows any class or poise. He was the only one on that team that even cared that they lost to Dallas in the finals last year. Everyone else had their same old arrogant/sense of entitlement attitudes going strong. They mocked Dirk, Wade intentionally pulled Rondo to the floor AFTER the ball was already out of play. As a Chicago native/Bulls fan, I am so ashamed of Wade’s antics these past couple of seasons. No matter what happens in the Boston vs. Miami series the Heat will not win a title as long as Wade/Lebron lead that team. They are too self absorbed and long only to play with one another. They do not posess the ability to play as a team, they only show the ability to play with one another. Heat fans call us “haters”, we are simply not amused by their arrogance and dirty play, who wouldn’t hate that?

      • kavika6 - May 29, 2012 at 2:47 AM

        I used to like Wade but ever since labron got there Wade’s attitude has changed.

    • TheJStyles - May 28, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Bosh? Flop?

      I wonder what Carlos Boozer and the phantom sniper have to say about this…

  7. 00maltliquor - May 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Crygate!!

  8. jimmymarlinsfan - May 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Can’t wait for Bosh to come back and play at a high level. He is a good man first and foremost and that is more than admirable

    But hey, it looks like blog attacts a lot of scum bag lakers fans because their team is now playing golf and ours isnt

  9. detroitcityryda - May 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    The crying was classic but him collapsing like a old woman and the players lifting him up is something so girly its un explainable .Dude clearly las too much sugar in the tank just waiting for him to come out the closet .

  10. southpaw77 - May 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Gotta suck to get ragged on by Nicky Minaj in a song.

    Bosh was up there screaming and acting a fool for their pep rally when they all signed in Miami. All 3 of them think they were entitled to the title and when Dallas didn’t bow down they were shocked.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      gotta suck to be Nicky Minaj

      I haven’t seen such ridiculous hair on anyone since Jeff Van Gundy circa 1999

      • kavika6 - May 29, 2012 at 2:49 AM

        Is Nicky Minaj a man or a woman?

  11. packfaninvikeland - May 28, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    i love to see the heat lose..but bosh doesn’t need to explain himself to anyone. dude plays his heart out. wow a guy who is emotional about something he has worked his life for and he is a pussy? shows who really followed really followed their dreams in this life if you make fun of him for that. maybe he does need to show more composure, but one thing he doesnt lack is effort.

  12. xrateplaya - May 28, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Maternity leave comment… Classic HAHA

  13. scorp16 - May 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Okay…So people have a problem with a pro athlete (Bosh)
    Showing some emotion after a game that his team lost a championship. I got no problem with that. It’s good to see he cares that much.

    So let’s take a look at some alternatives

    He could have went out partying the night they lost…..Gronkowski covered that one. Got bashed for not caring enough.

    Maybe he could of stayed in the gym for a couple of hours after the game working on his game……..Nah, Kobe pretty much got bashed for that for being an attention seeker.

    I know, Anger. Nope, not really. Didn’t work out that well for Amare. Bashed for being….well not too smart

    Or he could have tried the tried and true way of not shaking hands after the game, and not talked to the media…for which he would be bashed for being a bad sport.

    So …can someone tell me what is the appropriate behavior one should adhere to when they lose a game of that magnitude.

    I’ll take the guy who puts so much into it that it hurts that bad when they lose.

  14. gatorfan1 - May 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Actually I can’t wait to Bosh gets back to playing with the self-absorbed 3. Right now the Heat may be playing their best b-ball. Wait to Bosh comes back and there is no spacing AND Batman and Robin FEEL they have to include Bosh. It never fails, whoever out of the 3 has a bad first half the other 2 feel they have to get their buddy involved so there’s no hard feelings. Just wait to Bosh gets back and this team starts losing again or the offense slows down. YOU don’t think the Miami newspapers won’t go crazy and point out that with Bosh in the lineup doesn’t slow the other 2 down. Let’s see how the 3 crybabies deal with that. DO we include the guy who gave up Hall of Fame numbers to play with the Frozen One or do we say f**k him and ignore him to win a championship. There’s no doubt they play better w/o Bosh AND if they do win a championship w/o Bosh, let’s see where he is next year, because they will get him out of there so quick your head will spin. The shame is, Bosh is the only one out of the 3 THAT has any class. And that’s not much. This dysfunctional team will explode when Bosh returns. I hope he comes back BEFORE the playoffs end. The implosion will be epic!!

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      A gator fan? Good grief that explains a lot. Look at the stats, the Heat are a better team with Bosh than without

  15. mungman69 - May 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Bosh would be back for this series if it went 6 or 7 games. But it won’t. Heat in 5 games if they play poorly.

  16. therealtrenches - May 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    People who make fun of men who cry: weak.

  17. gatorfan1 - May 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Wow, jimmymarlinsfan can you look more stupid!! Yes it does say a lot…the winningest college football program in the nation since 1990 WITH 3 Championships!! You know something LeBron has never done!!

    • edweird0 - May 29, 2012 at 2:59 AM

      Bahahaha. I love how you include “…since 1990″, smart man cause you know you woulda been ragged on by any UM fan.

      • gatorfan1 - May 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM

        That would be what…about 5 fans OR is that the average attendance of football games??? Oh no cut me to the quick Miami fans!!!

  18. jjordannba - May 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    In the Celtics-Heat series last year KG averaged more Points & Rebounds than Bosh

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