By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
MIAMI – When he’s speaking to the media, Chris Bosh is one of the more honest guys in the league. He follows the Miami Heat party line of not revealing the game plan or lineup changes in the playoffs. But he’s not afraid to reveal his feelings or vulnerabilities.
After shootaround on Saturday, with the Heat preparing for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), Bosh was particularly forthright in regard to the player he’s become. When asked about the possibility of posting up Luis Scola should he see that matchup, Bosh said that it ain’t gonna happen.
“I don’t bang with anybody anymore,” he said. “It’s a tired thing for me. It’s not my strength and I understand that. So, be smart and play within the team offense, but be aggressive at the same time.”
When asked why he doesn’t post up, he said it’s a matter of energy. Simply, he uses too much on the other end of the floor as the Heat’s primary pick-and-roll defender in their aggressive scheme.
“It gets tiring,” he said. “What they ask us to do, to blitz the screen-and-roll every single one, close out and get back. I was already 20-30 pounds lighter than everybody else, so all that stuff just takes my energy.”
You can understand that. And with the Heat’s primary ball-handlers – LeBron James and Dwyane Wade – looking to attack the basket, Bosh’s shooting can provide the ideal complement, especially when he’s being defended by Roy Hibbert.
But Bosh added that it’s not worth his time going into the post, because that just brings extra attention from the defense.
“And for some odd reason, I always get double-teamed still,” he said. “I don’t understand it. And that’s the reason I really stopped, because every time I go down there, I got double-teams. I was like, ‘For what?’ They won’t double-team LeBron, but they’ll double-team me.”
Whether or not you agree with the idea that James doesn’t get double-teams, it’s strange that Bosh thinks that they’re a bad thing. If the defense is sending a second defender into the post, one of his teammates is open. Essentially, every offense in the league is designed to draw an extra defender to the ball, so that an open shot can be had elsewhere.
Even in Toronto, Bosh was more of a catch-at-the-elbow, face-up player than a low-post guy. But what he said Saturday makes you wonder if he has any desire to be the focal point of a team’s offense again. Like James and Wade, he has an early termination option in his contract, allowing him to become a free agent this summer if he so desires.
Right now, Bosh just needs to make some shots. He has shot 5-for-17 from outside the paint in the series so far, unable to make Hibbert pay for protecting the basket. But he says he’ll remain confident in his jumper.
“Sometimes, if it’s off, it’s off,” he said. “All you can do is go in the gym the next day and keep shooting. The minute you start thinking about it is kind of when things continue to plummet. With that said, I’m looking forward to being aggressive tonight, letting a couple fly, and seeing what happens.”