Bosh Calls Miami Adjustment ‘Difficult’
Chris Bosh is one of the most skilled big men in the league. On most teams, he would be the star and number one option. However, Bosh turned down the opportunity to be the face of a franchise when he joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the Miami HEAT in the summer of 2010. Bosh was willing to take $15 million less over the life of his contract, as well as a lesser role than he was accustomed to having.
For the first seven years of Bosh’s career, he was the focal point of the Toronto Raptors. During his final season in Toronto, he averaged 24 points on 16.5 shot attempts per game. In Miami, he’s the third option, averaging just over 18 points on 14 shot attempts. Initially, Bosh had a hard time adjusting in Miami, but he has gotten more comfortable in the last year. Now, he thrives in that role and has no problem deferring to James and Wade, which is why HEAT head coach Erik Spoelstra calls Bosh the team’s most important player.
“It’s difficult,” Bosh told HOOPSWORLD. “It’s been difficult, but it’s all for the team and that’s what’s most important. I didn’t quite understand it when I first got here, but I’m starting to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Things came together for me a lot last year and I’m just trying to improve in that role. I’m trying to do what the team needs me to do night in and night out to be effective.”