Wednesday , Jan , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Is Chris Bosh pulling a Latrell Sprewell?

The Heat’s schedule is easing at a good time for recovery, which Chris Bosh could now use after colliding with Bulls forward Omer Asik. Asik took out Bosh’s legs while diving for a loose ball. Bosh then questioned Asik’s tactic after the game, saying the play could have caused serious harm. "That is how guys get hurt," Bosh said. "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." While expressing anger in Asik’s hustle play, Bosh realized things could have been worse. He called the injury "mild" and considered himself fortunate.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Years ago, I interviewed Chris Bosh for a magazine article. During our half hour chat, he struck me as thoughtful, considerate, and intelligent.

Of course, I’m a reporter, so it could have been a show. But Bosh, who was finishing his second season in the NBA at the time, seemed intelligent enough to know not to say things like ‘feed our families’.

Nothing frustrates the public like an athlete complaining about his livelihood, especially when that athlete has pulled in a lucrative rookie contract, earned several years wages from a max contract before opting-out, and is guaranteed to make $100 million over the next six years.

Just ask Latrell Sprewell, who refused a three-year, $21 million extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves because he also couldn’t ‘feed his family’.

I understand the NBA is a business. I also understand a player’s frustration with a fellow player’s overzealous tactics. However, Bosh must be smarter than this. He has to appear more in touch with the people who pay his salary –the fans.

After all, a lockout is coming. And players, like Bosh, have to realize these kinds of comments will compromise their support with fans.

–Oly Sandor.

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