(For the record, this is Israel posting. So was the last one. Soon enough, it'll be clear and I won't have to point that out)....
HURLBURT FIELD-- Chris Bosh is a naturally quiet guy, at least it appears so when he's at work. After the first practice, while the mess of media was bothering everyone, Chris was playing with an ipad and not talking to anyone.
Apparently, being quiet was a problem for his coaches in Toronto. Raptors coach Jay Triano said Bosh often deferred to teammates to be the vocal leader, and last year it was an issue.
"Everybody kind of waited for him to take the reigns last year and it could’ve been been part of the issues we had," Triano was quoted as saying.
Triano essentially implied Bosh wasn't a natural leader, and we remember Bryan Colangelo saying Bosh was hard to build around.
"Well, I mean, I am a natural leader. But at the same time, what is a natural leader. Let's break that down. If 20 and 10 isn't a natural leader, then I don't know what is.
"I mean, I was vocal. I was always vocal. Nobody can really tell me that I wasn' tvocal. I may have had my days just like everybody else, but I talked.
"It's disappointing. I mean, at the end of the day this is a business. You conduct yourself in a business-like manner, and if somebody moves on, you just move on. You sling mud and call each other names all day, but we're not going to get anywhere from that. Let's all just focus on what we're trying to do, perfect our craft and focus on training camp."
Chris also caught a lot of heat for not coming back to play late in the season even though his knees were supposedly healthy enough to play.
This year he's hoping knee issues won't come up, period. Last season Bosh gained 20 pounds before the season, trying his best to not get pushed around in the paint. He kept about 10-15 of it on by season's end, but the extra weight didn't work well for him. He hasn't lost any weight since, but he's not as big as he was to start last season.
"Yeah, too much stress on my knees," Bosh said. "My knees didn't really like it. I missed part of training camp last year. This year I feel a lot better. I'm in the best shape I've been in, without playing USA basketball, and I'm pretty confident in what I can bring to this team.
"I'm never getting pushed around again, ever in my life, but it's just being strong enough to do your job. At the same time, my advantages are being quick, working against the opposition and using my advantages to my advantage. I'm not a bulky dude... that's not my game."
So far, training camp hasn't been a place for Bosh to display his skills because it's been about defense and teaching. But Udonis Haslem says Bosh is the truth.
"You can’t even begin to understand his skill level by watching him in a game because he probably doesn’t get to go through everything and use all his moves and stuff like that," Haslem said. "I’m more excited about him being a part of his team than anybody because people are going to get a chance to see how good Chris Bosh really is."
(Just on an aside: I'm not going to waste a whole post on this subject, but for those who keep harping on the fact that I wrote, before LeBron signed, that it wasn't good for the league if LBJ came here and now I'm writing all kinds of good stuff, that doesn' t mean I'm flip-flopping. I'm still not sure it's good for the league that the Heat's going to run right through it. It might be initially because it's exciting, but eventually they'll need competition. Now, that doesn't mean I can't like this team. It doesn't mean I can't write how great the team is and how amazing LBJ is, etc. It also doesn't mean I can't be proven wrong down the road and the league with flourish as a result, or that I can't eventually change my mind. Get over it. That is all.)