By Shane Phillips @ShaneRantSports on July 7, 2014
Chris Bosh has often found himself on the ugly side of criticism over the last four NBA seasons with the Miami Heat. He was never "the man" and was often the victim of media scrutiny. However, after four years of decreasing numbers and a diminished role, Bosh has received a maximum contract offer from the Houston Rockets. Here are five reasons as to why Chris Bosh and the Rockets should not go through with the offer.
We have seen it with the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers -- the 7-foot vile of poison named Dwight Howard. From completely dismantling a franchise only to abandonment to an unsuccessful and annoying stint in Hollywood, Howard looks like he might have settled down in Houston. If Bosh is brought in, it could only insult Howard's fragile ego. The Bosh/Howard relationship would be intriguing, but the front office relationship concerning.
I'm not sure if the Rockets noticed, but Bosh's numbers steadily decreased over his four seasons in South Beach. Yes, he did play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but that is still no excuse not to perform in a weak Eastern Conference. The Western Conference is even tougher, not to mention bigger, so if he couldn't perform in the East, what makes him think it will be any easier in Texas?
Besides the fact that it is a lot of money and somewhat a surprise offer for Bosh, he must also consider the chances of making it out of the West and winning titles. The Rockets would have to clear a bit of cap space in order to sign Bosh at a max deal. That right there sets off alarms of a lack of role players. Three stars can only get a team so far, and who knows if Bosh would even fit in. He had a lot of trouble fitting in for the Heat.
Apparently there were reports that Bosh had become unhappy with his role for Miami and was looking for something more. Either that is true or the money is right in Houston. Honestly, it doesn't matter, because if Bosh is unhappy with his role now, what makes him think it will change with the Rockets? There is already Harden and Howard there to share touches with, so he would still be a third wheel. The grass isn't always greener.
Bosh didn't exactly deliver the numbers equivalent to his contract with Miami, nor were his last four seasons worthy of a max offer. Bosh's role wouldn't be any different in Houston, and it would only be tougher for him to perform in a stronger conference. Eventually, the Rockets would realize their max deal was a poor business decision and end up trading Bosh. After four straight Finals, I'm sure that is the last thing Bosh wants to have happen.
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