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Chris Bosh bulking up, a little, for season as Heat center

Sep 10, 2012, 8:19 AM EDT

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When the Miami Heat tip off their season opener on Sept. 29 against Boston, don’t be shocked if Chris Bosh starts at the four spot, with Joel Anthony or someone back at the five.

But if that game is close at the end, Bosh will be at the five and LeBron James at the four. That has become the Heat’s go-to lineup. You will see a lot of it.

Playing more center and going against bigger guys has Bosh hitting the weight room, according to Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald. Although, he hasn’t exactly gone NFL lineman with the weight.

Chris Bosh is adding bulk (six pounds of lean muscle) to prepare for the rigors of playing a full season at center…. The Heat is still giving thought about whether to sign former Knicks center Josh Harrellson, who worked out for them the past week.

Six pounds, so we can rule out steroids at least.

Still the sentiment is there. Bosh shouldn’t bulk up a lot because the advantage of him at the five is his speed and outside game. But he’s still going to have to defend Andrew Bynum and other bigs on the block in crunch time now, and every little bit of muscle helps.

  1. UCFpirate - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    According to NBA dot com the season starts Oct 30th…..

  2. miamatt - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Bosh is critical for Miami. Don’t know how much six pounds will help, but if he’s a bit stronger, hey, it can’t hurt. LBJ is a beast, but Bosh is what makes the Heat system work.

  3. cantonbound13 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Dwight Howard will destroy him down low.

    • dls612 - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Well he should he’s bigger and stronger! But what would happen if d12 played bosh away from the basket?

    • lachamp45 - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      exactly…what is 6 lbs to NBA players..what a joke.

      GO LAKERS!

  4. limonadamas - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Well, hopefully Bosh stays away from Rashard Lewis if he wants to stay clean.

  5. money2long - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Good move Bosh. You’re gonna need the extra muscle, cause we both know who’ll be waiting for you in the finals at that position.
    …if you make it that far*

    • money2long - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      i didn’t mean that as a shot to the heat. it’s just more as confidence in my lakers. that’s all…

  6. jjordannba - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    He still has the body type of this,r:12,s:52,i:166

  7. misterdreamer119 - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Hes gonna need more than 6 pounds.

  8. shaab23 - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    he did one of these bulk up acts on the raptors, don’t remember him playing any different…

  9. lakerluver - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    He better bulk up a lot. That small ball crap ain’t working against the LAKERS!!

  10. buffalo65 - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    This must mean he’s up to 136 pounds.

  11. buffalo65 - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Lakers are gonna be a mess this year. Don’t get me wrong. Decent record but an Early playoff exit.

  12. scalfor3 - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    oh sh*t, ru paul puttin on some weight!

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