It was expected that his numbers would dip because touches had to be shared amongst LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and himself, but his numbers have suffered more than expected and his status as a NBA superstar has been questioned.
It is no secret that Bosh has struggled to fit in and can be considered the “third wheel” of the James and Wade duo. Even though coach Erik Spoelstra has stressed the importance of the power forward, we often find “King James” and “Flash” laughing it up while Bosh is left looking for a friend.
Sports networks and analysts have over documented the struggles of Bosh last season, especially during the playoffs. He recorded the lowest averages of his five postseason appearances, and felt the wrath of the media for a good month and a half.
The seven-time All-Star has vowed that this season would be different, and he is off to an early start. Through two preseason games, Bosh has shot 19-of-24 from the field and has 49 points. He has lead the team in scoring for both victories.
Yes, it is the preseason and these numbers mean very little, but for Bosh, these numbers mean everything. Bosh was like a lost puppy during the 2013 playoffs. He could not decide if he was a three-point shooter or a post-up threat, and his confidence was quickly grounded down to a fine powder.
Bosh’s lack of identity and confidence was obvious and hard to watch. This preseason is all about restoring his confidence and gaining a sense of pride.
To be brutally honest, Miami could probably care less if they lost every preseason game and Bosh missed every shot. These games do not matter, the win and loss columns will be reset on Oct. 29, and every player will start with a clean stat sheet.
Bosh’s preseason dominance is personal. He needs to continue to shoot well and score big numbers for his own well-being, not because the Heat need to win every preseason game. It looks like he is beginning to find his identity again, as he has shot 79 percent the first two games.
It is undeniable that Bosh must have a stellar regular season and strong playoff performance, as the balance of the “Big 3″ depends on it. As for the rest of the preseason, he needs to continue to be dominant for his self-confidence and pride.
It may only be the preseason, but it can do wonders for a player who has struggled to find his place.