When Chris Bosh plays his very best basketball …

… he is quite capable of resembling The Great Man, himself, in a sort of “poor man’s version” of Bill Russell.

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FYI … and, in response to these two pieces earlier today from Chris Black and Michael Grange, respectively:

More on Bosh [Jan 21, 2010, 3:00 PM]

You’ve got questions … I’ve got answers … [Jan 21, 2010, 8:14 AM]

these are the thoughts of yours truly concerning the Capacity for Excellence held by Christopher Wesson Bosh:

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Chris [Black],

Here’s what I wrote at “From Deep”, after reading Mr. Grange’s reference to your insight on what works best for Chris Bosh and the Raptors:

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Michael [Grange],

“But he does come up with some data that suggest that Bosh’s performance can be correlated pretty closely to team success. Most significantly it’s a phantom number (let’s face it, most of them are, but it’s fun) that I agree with in that it suggests the key for the Raptors success isn’t more scoring from Bosh.

The premise is that Bosh playing more like he did for the U.S. Olympic team – hustling, ball-hawking, defending in addition to score – could have an impact for the Raptors come playoff time.”

For the last several years, I have endured a fair amount of criticism for making the claim … long before others seemed to realize that Chris Bosh is, in fact, as good as he really is, as a dominant under-sized Center in the NBA … that CB4, when he plays his best and gives his TEAM its best chance to win important games against high end opponents, is actually playing the game like a poor man’s version of Bill Russell … i.e. which is to say that what he needs to do is, in fact:

* Score fewer points
* Shoot fewer shots
* Amass more rebounds
* Key the team’s offensive transition game as its main defensive rebounder/outlet pass maker
* Amass more assists
* Block more shots
* Play exclusively in the low-mid post area, as the Central hub of the team’s half-court offense
* Provide first-class leadership and emotional stability to his teammates who are sound, individually, as team defenders and secondary rebounders, but very good offensively moving without the ball and with the ability to make open shots.

If Chris Bosh has the right Point Guard on his team [i.e. pass first], and the right Off Guard [shoot first], and the right Small Forward [drive and defend first], and the right Power Forward [rebound and defend first], and the right Back-ups at the PG [defend], OG-SF [score] and PF-C [score] positions, and the right head coach [set based with expert leadership skills], he is plenty good enough to lead his team to a NBA championship.

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IMO, Chris [Bosh] actually has the capacity to ratchet-up his production in each of the Russell-based categories I listed above, if he decreases his current emphasis on Scoring.

What Chris [Bosh] has needed for a long time now is the kind of coach who can see accurately that is in fact where his emphasis NEEDS to be, if he is going to be able to achieve his personal goals as an elite level basketball player. Chris [Bosh] has always valued WINNING more than anything else. Unfortunately, he has yet to find the right coach to show him how to do this properly, given his specific skill-set.

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The beauty of it is that those same thoughts have in fact been on display on this very blog for the better part of the last 2 years.

Chris Bosh’s strength … as a player and a person

De-constructing the mystery that is Chris Bosh

Cheers :-)

PS. It can be a real challenge if/when what you perceive to be the case is not immediately seen and shared by others. 

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5 Responses to “When Chris Bosh plays his very best basketball …”

  1. FLUXLAND Says:

    Chris is probably more of a victim from the misfortune of being with a team who’s ownership has a profit making agenda, rather lack of quality coach.

    I am of the school of thought that he’s playing his last games with the Raptors, and I do think it’s unfortunate how things played out, but I don’t think it sets the franchise back a 1000 years, as some would have us believe.

  2. khandor Says:

    Flux,

    1. IMO, there are very few high end coaches working in the NBA, and the ones that are do their players a great service by providing outstanding leadership understanding of how the game actually works at the highest level of competition.

    In fact, very few players … in a relative sense … ever get the opportunity to play for a top notch coach, at each level of the game.

    Those that do are exponentially better off than the masses who do not.

    2. I agree that, if Chris Bosh does leave, it won’t set the franchise back 1000 years … primarily, because the franchise has achieved very little to this point, to begin with, i.e. as there are no negative integers in play when it comes to assessing the relative standing of a specific pro sports franchise.

    3. As I’ve said all along …

    The most disappointing aspect with the Maple Leafs and the Raptors is knowing just how good their teams could have actually been at different times over the last 40+ and 15 years, respectively, if they would have only made proper use of the resources at-hand and, in fact, PRIORITIZED WINNING the League Championship, rather than simply turning a profit on an annual basis.

  3. Morning Coffee – Jan 22 | Slam Dunking Says:

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  4. brothersteve Says:

    “If Chris Bosh has the right Point Guard on his team [i.e. pass first], and the right Off Guard [shoot first], and the right Small Forward [drive and defend first], and the right Power Forward [rebound and defend first], and the right Back-ups at the PG [defend], OG-SF [score] and PF-C [score] positions, and the right head coach [set based with expert leadership skills], he is plenty good enough to lead his team to a NBA championship.”

    IF (Insert name) has the right PG, SG, SF, PF, C, back-ups, and coaches to play with, he’ll be part of a championship team! lol

    Now that just hilarious.

  5. khandor Says:

    brothersteve,

    Hilarious it may well be … but, it’s not necessary ‘a truth’, as far as evaluating the ability of ALL different types of players properly is concerned. :-)

    i.e. In reality … “If (insert name) has the right PG, SG, SF, PF, C, back-ups, and coaches to play with, he’ll be part of a championship team” only works for specific high end players in the NBA, and not for the vast majority of others.