Chris Bosh Isn’t A Fan Of Hustling
Where would this NBA season be without the Miami Heat providing us with an endless stream of entertainment? (Even if most of it is unintentional humor due to their superstars opening their mouths before thinking about what they’re going to say.)
Last week, while the former team of LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, was getting beasted on by the Lakers, LeBron tweeted that the beat down was due to karma. Since that tweet, the Heat have lost four games in a row and LeBron suffered an ankle injury which kept him out of two of those games. Karma anyone?
In the Heat’s most recent loss to the Chicago Bulls, Miami forward Chris Bosh also suffered an injury. While diving for a loose ball, Chicago rookie Omer Asik got tangled with Bosh, causing him to tweak his ankle. This (perfectly legal, pure hustle) play happens countless times during the NBA season. However, now Chris Bosh feels players should think twice before hustling. (Chris, you’re in Miami now—you should be hustling every day.) Check what he had to say after the game.
“C’mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen. You’ve got to watch people’s legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job. We all want to be healthy and that is very important. If it is by somebody’s leg, don’t dive for the ball, it’s too close.”
Where do we even start with that quote? The “provide for our families” bit is ridiculous, as players are paid even if they are injured, with Bosh being owed over $100 million over the length of his current contract (some perspective—Asik is on a $1.7 million deal). And don’t you think Asik was providing for his family by hustling for the loose ball? If he doesn’t hustle like that the Bulls are putting him on the next flight back to Turkey. Also, the decision to dive for a loose ball is split second thing—there’s no looking left or right, by the time you’ve done that your opponent has possession, is scoring on you and coach is putting you back on the bench.
Here’s the kicker though. Check the replay: You can see Asik dives for the ball FIRST, then Bosh moves his leg into his path. If Bosh reacted earlier, or actually hustled and dove for the ball instead of just bending over, he wouldn’t be injured. Oh, you know what else has caused injuries in the NBA? A few days ago Chicago’s Ben Wallace was injured during the opening jump ball. Guess we should remove that from the game as well.
But don’t worry Chris, now that it looks like you’ll be out for a few games it should give you more time to “chill”—something you’ve wanted since the start of the season.
(P.S. After this story broke, Twitter blew up with a #chrisboshquotes hash tag. One example: “If it’s flu season, don’t defend me too tightly. That’s how germs are spread.”)
(P.P.S. You know who else thinks Chris Bosh is soft? Google. Looks like Shaq was right.)