Chris Bosh Has Strong Season Opener, But Must Play Better

By Shane Phillips

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The union of the “Big 3” has seen a fair share of highs, lows and media scrutiny. Actually, they have received enough scrutiny for the entire NBA, but one player has taken more criticism than any other.

I guarantee that at least 85 percent of readers will say LeBron James and that’s a good guess. The “King” has been the focal point of media criticism, but it is the lost member of the “Big 3” who has never gotten any credit for anything in South Beach.

Ever since Chris Bosh joined the Miami Heat, he has played third fiddle. The power forward has played in the enormous shadows of James and Dwyane Wade, but has earned all the negative attention of analysts and writers.

When Ray Allen hit the series-saving three-pointer in the finals, no one talked about Bosh’s offensive rebound or his assist to Allen. No one talked about Bosh’s block in the ensuing overtime. The only credit Bosh received during the 2013 playoffs was his lack of existence.

Bosh vowed that this season would be different, that he would once again be considered among the basketball elite and his campaign is off to a solid start.

In the season opener victory against the Chicago Bulls, Bosh had 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks. That is an encouraging start for both Bosh and Miami, but it is not enough. If Bosh wants to return to stardom, he has to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. He must assert himself both defensively and offensively. Miami needs an inside game and Bosh needs to be the guy who provides it.

His performance against the Bulls show signs of aggressiveness out of Bosh, but there needs to be more. He needs to be the protector of the paint, the player who will post you up and give you a drop-step dunk. Basically, Bosh just needs to toughen up.

If Bosh wants to stay in Miami or if he wants other teams to be interested in him, he needs to get on the block and own down low. Enough of the three-point antics, you are almost 7-feet tall, act like it!

Shane Phillips is a Miami Heat writer for Follow him on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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