Chris Bosh has a new approach to the game of basketball.
After ducking and dodging playing center his entire career, he has finally accepted that in order for the Miami Heat to win, he must play center.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra is implementing a dynamic and unconventional offense. He wants the Heat to play “positionless” basketball. The Heat will play faster, space the floor, and utilize the versatility and strengths of their three best players. Bosh may be the most important of the three because he is 6 feet 11 inches tall and has the ability to stretch the floor, the length to defend the post and rebound, and the quickness and speed to cause match up issues for every other center in the NBA.
Winning his first championship may have given Bosh the attitude many have wanted him to have since he entered the league. He is talking differently and is expressing a new comfort and a new confidence.
He has openly admitted that he will not bulk up.
“After about three years I said forget it and just be myself. I’m never going to be big and just bulky like that,” Bosh said.
Bosh has taken on an attitude that he has never had before. He is not shying away from defending Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. In fact he is almost daring teams to test his ability to defend bigger players.
“If teams feel like they have an advantage, tell them dump it down there if they can,” Bosh said. “That’s my answer to everything.”
Bosh will no longer beg for respect or yearn from love from fans.
“That was last year. I don’t want to be like, ‘Ahh! I want respect!’ and I’m getting my ass handed to me every night. I was talking too much last year,” Bosh said.
Bosh seems to have evolved and matured from winning an NBA championship. He is ready to remove the lingering perception of him being “too soft” to play center and be the big man the Heat need to succeed.