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Friday, January 13, 2012

Bosh's comments likely won't hurt anybody, least of all James

For those who might question why Chris Bosh, in a recent GQ interview, would give the ball to Dwayne Wade to be the one to take the last shot with the game on the line, the Bible will help you to understand.

Proverbs 18:23 reads "The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly," which is an olde English way of saying "when you have no power, you care what people think and you avoid offending anyone; when you have power, you don't give a rat's butt what people think so you say what's on your mind without worrying if it hurts anyone or not."

These guys are men, they're rich, and they call it as they see it - like it or lump it.

Besides, do you think James and Wade care how Bosh feels when they don't refer to him as one of the key players on the team? 

Even if it comes across that way, it doesn't matter.  It was James and Wade who were waiting for Bosh's decision - Bosh knows his value, and he knows they know his value. This is a guy who lead the league, in his last year in Toronto, in field goal percentage; a guy who lead his Lincoln High School team to an undefeated season, a championship that year, and the only Texas team to finish ranked #1by USA today.

It goes around and comes around. But, regardless whether Wade and James play to the media's questioning Bosh's status on the team, look how they react to this hard foul after Bosh got the ball from James and posterized D.J. White.

I'm not at all convinced that this interview or the things Bosh said are going to affect anyone negatively. I think it looks honest, candid and - frankly - professional to be able to see what everyone else has been seeing: James is having difficulty closing. To say otherwise would be just as stupid.

Having said that, had he said something like "hey, MJ himself missed a lot of game-winning shots. As he said in his commercial, not being afraid to take the next one is what made him successful so, sure I'd give the ball to James and let him keep shooting. And, if it's in my hands with 2.4 seconds on the clock, you know I'm not passing it to anyone!" then he'd probably have shown himself a little more savvy (I've said before that Bosh needs a PR specialist working with him, he's said oddball things a few times before this one).

As for James, that's what he needs to do. Greatness is only going to be achieved by silencing the critics with performance. If Dirk can do it, why can't LeBron?

Either way, this interview is not expected to have any lasting effect. Guys like these understand a dressing room full of ego - if they didn't have the ego, they probably wouldn't have made it to the bigs.

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