Basketball, my third love, is a very complex game. One has to be astute to the nuances that make a player great. In the NBA greatness is measured by a lot of different formulas, one being the NBA championship. If you were to ask me who I thought the best five players in the league were, I am sure you would get a different response than most other people. I am not suggesting that I am right or wrong, its just that everyone has a little bias in their rankings of the top five players in the league.
This brings me to my current dilemma. I have seen enough basketball to recognize greatness. When I watch the NBA several people jump out as good, but not many have the it factor that makes them great. You may ask where is this all going? Well let me tell you. When I watch Chris Bosh play basketball, I don't see what everyone else is proclaiming about him. His game is lazy and unorthodox. He is a big man who would rather play the perimeter than to bang. He is a small guy trapped in a tall guys body.
Everyone proclaimed Bosh as the linchpin to "The Decision." He might have served as a mechanism that made the 3 friends decide to play together but I don't see his greatness. If you were to ask me what power forwards I would rather have than Chris Bosh, I would immediately come up with three to four names.
Can you honestly say with a straight face that Bosh is better than Amare Stoudemire? I mean seriously the only advantage Bosh has over Amare is age. Is Bosh better than Pau Gasol? If you answered yes to either of those, then you have some real bias in your opinion.
I am by no way insinuating that Chris Bosh can't ball. The man has a solid offensive foundation, but as a power forward, he is definitely lacking in the area of banging. I have stood on the outside looking in as I have watched people on twitter and Facebook argue about his ability and most of the legitimacy around both sides of the argument is bias.
I was making the assessment last week about the Miami Heat and their over-hyped team. I do think they are great. But not because of Bosh. But because they have two of the best five players on the planet on their team. The only problem I see is that they are the same two players. They both like the ball and they both like to dominate when on the floor. I predict you will see more from them as the season goes on because they will probably both rarely be on the floor at the same time.
I made the comparison of this team to the team the Knicks put on the floor when they had Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Charles Oakley, Allen Houston, and Greg Anthony. Everyone kept saying they had the best team in the league. I had to remind everyone that may be the case on paper, but you still have to play the games and at the time there was an assassin still in Chicago with a pair of snipers and a wingman that would stand in their way.
You can argue that the same is true for the Heat. There are a couple of assassins out there with just enough fire power to make things and life difficult if they don't get more production out of the third leg of the equation. The third leg can't let guys like Paul Millsap (who played out of his mind last night) go for 46 points against you and you are supposed to be an elite big man. I know Millsap will probably never shoot like that again but I can't recall that ever happening to Rodman, James Worthy, or Horace Grant.
In my estimation the third leg of the equation needed to be a point guard. Then the matrix would be complete. Similar to that in Boston. Rondo has made life easy for that threesome and chances are it will be that threesome that will send the Big Two Plus Three packing.
Stay Breezy ~ Im out.