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Is Chris Bosh Overrated?

Submitted by on December 19, 2010 – 3:27 pm2 Comments

In case you missed it, the Miami Heat took their respective talents to New York to face the Knicks Friday night. LeBron James was booed by the crowd because they wanted him to come there as a free agent, as if he didn’t have every right to choose someplace else—give him a break, already. He had a monster game anyway. Dwyane Wade did his thing like only he can and nobody was mad at him.

However, Chris Bosh heard it from the crowd every single time he stepped to the free throw line. What did he hear exactly?

Every. Single. Time.

To be honest, I thought it was a bit much for the synchronized fans to chant “overrated” at Chris Bosh. The guy’s a top-notch power forward in the NBA who’s trying to fit into a new system that he Wade and James have forged together. True enough, he seemed invisible for many of their first several games (especially when they would lose) and his rebounding could be better.

The fact of the matter is, Bosh was not nearly the household name Wade or James was coming into this season because he played in Toronto, who don’t get a lot of TV airtime.

His offense has steadied and the guy is averaging 18 points a game. Granted, he does not boast the same type of post presence as Amare Stoudemire or Blake Griffin, but that was never his game in the first place. Nonetheless, Bosh is an asset to the team.

Bosh isn’t overrated, just misunderstood. As a Raptor, he was the first option and much more dominant and dynamic. While he put forth a great individual effort every night, it got the team nowhere. Now he doesn’t have to play that way—he has a solid core most teams in the league would kill to have and some teams (such as the Knicks) are trying to recreate. Simply put, he’s taken on a lesser role.

But then again, as Jay-Z said, “Would you rather be underpaid or overrated?”

I’m sure Bosh will gladly take the latter.

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