Chris Bosh: Shut off the lights on Kobe


Chris Bosh joined the Dan Le Batard Show on Wednesday (prior to the Heat's loss against Oklahoma City).

Some of the more revealing takeaways from the interview:

  • To Erik Spoelstra's admission that there were a couple of players crying in the locker room after the loss to Chicago, Bosh responded, "Any player who says they haven’t cried over basketball, they’re lying. … It’s emotions. That don’t make you weak. It doesn’t make you weak as a man or as a player. That just shows how bad you want to win. It really doesn’t matter at the end of the day.” David Thorpe and I discussed this immediately following the incident, and reached the same conclusion -- crying is a natural human reaction to pain, frustration or loss (and sometimes happiness and ecstasy).

  • Regarding Kobe Bryant's shooting exhibition at AmericanAirlines Arena following the Lakers' loss to Miami, Bosh objected. "I have no problem with guys wanting to get better, but if you think that any of us were going to be able to shoot on the Staples Center court for 90 minutes, you would be totally mistaken. I don’t think they should have allowed him to do that. This is Miami Heat territory. You can rent a gym somewhere else ... This is a possible opponent later on. This is our home court. We have to take pride in that. We should’ve shut the lights off ... If [Kobe] heard that any of us were shooting on his court, he's be like, 'Are you serious?'” Bosh's sentiment isn't completely unreasonable. Pro sports teams intentionally design visitors' locker rooms and clubhouses to be cramped and uncomfortable, and you want every competitive advantage (and, in turn, want to stick an opponent with every possible disadvantage save poisoning their room service). Still, denying an opponent access to a facility seems petty, even if that workout was as much for the edification of others than his own improvement. Though, Bosh expresses a belief that the display was a sincere desire to improve his shot.

  • On why he went public with his request to get the ball more, Bosh said: "I talked to Spo and my teammates privately after, but I was just disappointed in myself ... I told people before I didn't want to point the finger at anyone by myself. I had a long, hard look in the mirror and I was just, like, 'Man, I have to do a lot better and I need and be the player I've always been to help this team out." After the win over San Antonio, when the Heat made Bosh their undisputed focal point to start the second quarter, I asked Bosh to walk us through those half dozen of possessions or so. "It was reminiscent of last year, wasn't it?" he said with a smile. Toronto seems like eons ago, but when you watch video of Bosh with the Raptors, there's a decisiveness to his game, a posture that says, "Unless a preponderance of the evidence says otherwise, my high-percentage shot attempt will be the order of this possession." Ever since Bosh's public declaration, we've seen strong glimpses of that in Miami.