Chris Bosh brushes off barbs by Dennis Rodman
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org June 8, 2013 8:14PM
Chris Bosh has drawn heat from the media for his play in the fourth quarter of the opener against the Spurs, when he went 1-for-5. | Lynne Sladky~AP
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Updated: July 10, 2013 6:51AM
MIAMI — In the world of Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, former Bull Dennis Rodman is a punch line.
That’s why Bosh only could chuckle when Rodman, who won three NBA titles with the Bulls from 1996 to ’98, went on “The Dan Patrick Show’’ on Friday and said four-time MVP LeBron James would be “average’’ if he played in the 1990s.
“I mean players from the ’80s, it’s like, ‘The ’80s were the best time ever,’ ’’ Bosh said Saturday, poking fun at the myopic attitude of the players from that generation. “According to everybody in basketball [who played then], ‘it was the roughest and toughest,’ and they’re the most talented.
“Everybody has their opinions. The thing is we pretty much don’t care about that. We’re in the Finals. It’s the biggest stage ever.
“I just hope I’m not an older guy saying how tough it was ‘back in our day when we were playing,’ you know.’’
Rodman also said that the current Heat team wouldn’t stand a chance against his Bulls team, and it starts with what he could do to Bosh.
“I would take Bosh out of his damn game easy,’’ Rodman said. “That’s not even a problem.’’
Just like that, the “Pile on Chris Bosh Club’’ had one more member.
“Shoot, if I was somebody else, I would hate me, too,’’ Bosh said to all the criticism he has withstood since joining the Heat three seasons ago.
That criticism only has grown heading into
Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night.
Bosh came up short in Game 1, especially in the fourth quarter, when he went 1-for-5, missing a wide-open three-pointer with just over a minute left that would have cut the Heat’s deficit to a point.
Not aggressive enough, too many jump shots from a 6-11 big man … Bosh has heard it all the last 48 hours.
“It’s not to care,’’ Bosh said of dealing with it. “That’s the best remedy. If you don’t need it, it doesn’t matter to you. Then what should it mean? I’ve been criticized since I’ve gotten here, whether I’m successful or not.’’
What seemed to irk Bosh the most initially was calling the team’s “Big Three’’ (Bosh, James and Dwyane Wade) the “Big 2.5.’’ Guess who was wearing the decimal point?
“I cared at first, for sure. ‘Why are people doing this to me?’ ’’ Bosh said. “Now, who cares, man. I’m not the first person to get criticized.
“The people in my corner, we all know what I’m capable of, and that’s all that matters to me. We’re here to win a trophy, we’re trying to beat the Spurs in a championship series, and that’s my thought process.’’
The critics, the Rodmans of the world, Bosh doesn’t have room for them anymore.
“Everybody on the outside likes to pretend they have the answers,’’ Bosh said. “You can only understand if you’re me.’’