If you are a Miami Heat or NBA fan and you have never checked out Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, I suggest you do. He has a great online column called “Ask Ira,” where fans can email in their Heat and NBA questions for Winderman to answer.
After the champions’ disappointing and disgusting loss to the Chicago Bulls, a fan asked the question, “When Chris Bosh is not defending and not scoring, why play him?”
Winderman’s answer began with, “Because you only win when Chris is fully engaged and active.” He went on to write, “I’m starting to wonder whether all this perimeter play is making Chris passive on both ends.”
I can’t help but begin to wonder with Winderman on this one. Ever since Bosh joined the Heat in 2010 as part of the blockbuster signing of the “Big 3” with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, he has shown a steady decline in his stats across the board. His first season, he averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. By his third season, he was averaging 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Finally, this season, he is averaging 14.3 points and 5.6 rebounds.
There has been a significant decrease in Bosh’s aggressive over the four seasons he has spent in South Beach. He has moved away from the post and has focused more on his perimeter shooting, but his lack of aggression can be seen on both ends of the court. Bosh’s 5.6 rebounds per game is the lowest average of his career. It is the first time he has averaged under six rebounds in a season.
As the leading big man for Miami, he should be grabbing close to 10 rebounds a game. The main factor behind all of Bosh’s issues is his aggression level, which has plummeted. Yes, once in a while he will hit a big shot and scream “Let’s go!” while spit flies everywhere, but he rarely posts up and tries to avoid contact.
Someone on the Heat roster or staff needs to light a fire under his rear end and get him going. No more of the perimeter bologna, and more of Bosh down low with the drop-step or jump hook. I’m fine with an occasional 15-footer and a rare three-pointer, but he needs to focus in the post, where Miami struggles the most.
Winderman said it best, “Your starting center can’t have only four rebounds against the Bulls when you’re starting Shane Battier at power forward.”