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Chris Bosh says Lakers now best team “on paper”

Aug 24, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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Kevin Durant and James Harden tried to play down what the Lakers did during their appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. “Good for them,” was Harden’s comment.

But don’t think the rest of the league didn’t take notice of what happened in Los Angeles.

Chris Bosh, who tends to be a pretty frank interview, was just that on WQAM sports radio in Miami Friday morning. A conversation transcribed by Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“The Lakers, I think, right now, I mean on paper, they probably have the best team in the West and probably the league right now,” he said. “On paper. I’m saying on paper. But it’s a lot, a lot, it’s a long season. And the best team always isn’t the one who starts out the season as the best team.”

That’s a lot of qualifiers in once sentence, but the message is clear. Los Angeles has the talent. The Lakers now have on the roster the best center in the game, the most skilled big in the game, one of the best two guards ever to play the game, and one of the best pick-and-roll point guards ever. Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash.

The question is simply how it comes together. And while that is a legitimate question, that doesn’t mean it will not come together, that the Lakers after the All-Star break will not be far more formidable than the ones in November.

Bosh said because the Heat have been there, he understands what is ahead of the Lakers.

Bosh said the Heat have learned to deal with the type of pressure the Lakers are expected to face and “how the hype can get to you….”

“It’s all about who’s standing at the top in June, after the season is over, and that’s all we care about,” he said. “So we have to build toward that again.”

Miami should be better than they were last season. In part because of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, but mostly because they have found their identity. They will go small, they will be quicker and more athletic than you. They will play to their strengths and defend hard on the wings.

Miami will need to be better if they want to repeat, because whoever comes out of the west will be better than the team the Heat beat in the finals last year.

  1. cakemixa - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Not as talented as my Wizards, who are the favorites the win it all this year. Wizards will be the #1 seed in the East. BOOK IT!

    • dls612 - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Go away!!

  2. dls612 - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Why would u say that out loud!

  3. fiyeaglesfiy - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Bosh says the Lakers have to learn to deal with the hype…like the Heat are the only team to ever start a season with a championship or bust label…they’re the Lakers. They deal with the hype every year. They’ve been dealing with championship expectations since the 50’s. I think they’ll adjust. They’ve been there.

    • loungefly74 - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      agree. i was thinking the same. the Lakers are not some “new kid on the block”…

      i will add…good for Bosh taking advantage of “the guilt-free smack talking”. he earned it by winning it…

  4. dls612 - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Back in the day no team would say some sht like that! Yeah sure that idiot with the first comment believes the wizards have a chance at the title ,but at least he puts his team first on paper or in reality! Damn Bosh thank u for f…ing my buzz!

    • dls612 - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      Overkill? Its my frustration!! No matter what always put yourself first or what u represent!!

  5. superseahawk - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Let him cakemixa bluster all he wants to, we don’t know who’s going to be the champs, but we all know the Whiz aren’t even making the playoffs.

  6. Fink - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    No worries, mike brown will have the team self-destruct when he fails repeatedly to make adjustments in the playoffs, like he has failed to do every season he has made it as a HC.

  7. eventhorizon04 - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    No biggie.
    On paper, they’re a very good team.
    Reaching the Finals (meaning they’re the best team in the West), especially winning, could set up a couple of Championship runs, with Dwight agreeing to stay.

    A failure to reach the Finals, meaning a team like OKC beats them in the playoffs, will probably lead to a lot of acrimony and talk of Dwight Howard leaving since Kobe, Nash, Pau, and MWP will only get worse with age for the next couple of years.

    The Lakers are in win-now mode. It should be fun to see it all play out – it’s history in the making, one way or the other..

  8. progress2011 - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Psychology 101…Koan…Mondo…Zen-Master …the art of psyching out your opponent, to give them the “impression” they are in control !

    That is, right before you knock them out.

    Control an opponents mind first, makes controlling their body and actions to defeat them, Simple !!!

    Great Job Bosh !

  9. chargersallday17 - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    @ cakemixa DAMMM HOMIE THE WITARDS LMAO YA RIGHTTTT THE WIZARDS WONT WIN MORE THEM 25-32 gms !!!! Witards hella suck lol lay of rhe crack pipe fool !!!!

  10. lakerluver - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Man, let’s get this season started already!! My prediction: LAKERS v. Celtics in the Finals. LAKERS in six. See you at the parade!!!!!

    • nycalldayz - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Let’s get this season started. I second that!

    • edweird0 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      LOL I bet you’re HOPING it’s the celts cause I’m sure you don’t want the Lakers facing the HEAT that’s for damn sure

      • nycalldayz - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        @Edweirdo…I bet u probably got the hots for Lebron as much as u do the Heat.

  11. miamatt - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Just a little tweak by Chris Bosh. Nothing more. Nothing less.

  12. Miami305 - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    It will take a year for the Lakers to work out the kinks and then possibly win a championship. Miami Heat and Lebron have tasted glory and will work harder than ever to maintain it, even in the face the formidable foe in the West. Nash should have gone to Miami if he knew what was good for him.

    Miami Heat 2013 Champions.

    • edweird0 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Exactly. Lebrons finally turned on the switch and there ain’t anyone that’s gunna turn it off.

  13. manotas211 - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Cakemixa. You must be smoking some good a$$ stuff. The wizards won’t ever win a ring. Hell they won’t even make the playoffs.

  14. congocash - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    @miami305 working out the kinks is something miami had to do because the coach was young, the players were young, and the lineup was unorthodox….. The only kinks the lakers will have to deal with is mike brown’s bad substitutions and timeout calls.

  15. digit960 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Mike Brown is a disaster

  16. krish833 - Aug 25, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    Which was the better laker super team in recent years, 2004 shaq / karl malone / kobe / gary payton or 2013 dwight / gasol / kobe / nash

  17. famous3 - Aug 25, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    Look, everybody dissin the Lake show. You still cant count out Kobe Bean Bryant, he is still a play maker no matter what. The Lakers bench is way better than last year (and for those keeping score at home, thats how OKC beat them last season). Not to mention Dwight, and Steve Nash additions. Plus they are veterans and the whole lakers foundation is solid on winning (and no stranger to it 16 banners hanging). So you can keep on thinking that this team looks good on paper all you want, they will look good on the floor also and give OKC a hell of a run this year!

  18. chargersallday17 - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    ^^ mike brown is gonna let steve nash call all the plays !!! Hes already told some the media this ! So its all ood :-) have faith yo

  19. paulhargis53 - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    But when Kobe says some crap like this, its taken as gospel by the Lakers fans. What a bunch of hypocritical turds you are.

    • ocgunslinger - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Only one turd on this post. Float away please.

    • loungefly74 - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      again…we have been through this before…Kobe has earned the right to say “crap” like this…

      also…i did give Bosh some cred for saying what he said…ya jerk…

  20. omniusprime - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Chris Bosh is worried he won’t win another ring this year so he’s setting up his excuse early. The Heatstroke only won a title in a strike shortened year so they have an asterisk next to their title. The Lakers are going to crush the opposition this year, Kobe is going to be all over his new teammates to win yet another title to tie Boston. Let’s get this party started, going to be the big parade in LA next June. Go Lakers!

    • edweird0 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      You guys are so full of it. Bosh has never been a boastful player; he’s always gunna tell you what he thinks, regardless of whether it comes off as “soft” or what have you. Like I said before, it’s really not gunna matter cause Lebrons turned on that switch for that killer instinct. He’s gunna beast on everyone and send Kobe packing into retirement with another finals lost. BET ON IT.

  21. cantonbound13 - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Did he cry?

  22. cantonbound13 - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    To the morons that compare LeBron to MJ: Kobe is the best player over the last 10 years & will end up with more rings than LeBron!

    • cullenand99 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      What’s your problem? Nowhere in this story was LeBron mentioned. So why are you bringing him up? Do you have that much hate for a man that you have never met in your life? How pathetic…

  23. bballdad - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Nash give me the damn ball now!!! Kobe all day.

  24. paulhargis53 - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Lounge: Not every posting of mine is directed specifically towards you. Get over yourself, and don’t take every post so damn personal.

    Everyone has “earned their right” to an opinion. Even you, though yours are always wrong…….

  25. jkennedy1970 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    As long as the Lakers don’t have a “show” at Staples with Kobe, Nash, Pau, and Howard on stage announcing that they are going to win “not five, not six, not seven, not eight” championships, they will be fine…

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