Chris Bosh Gaining Weight to Play Center
Though they possess arguably the most talented roster in the NBA, when compared with the rest of the League the Miami Heat are shorthanded at the center position. Joel Anthony, Justin Hamilton, Mickell Gladness and Dexter Pittman are all adequate players, but at this point, none are starting-quality centers. And as Miami slowly gravitates towards traditional positional sets, and as they will have to match up with several top-tier centers this season, the Heat need a reliable big man to anchor the center position.
While he’s always been viewed as a power forward—in reality, even a stretch four—Chris Bosh has acknowledged that in order for the Heat to be successful, he’ll have to slide over and play the 5. Bosh did so throughout most of the 2012 NBA Finals, and it’s expected coach Erik Spoelstra will expand on that in ’12-13. In preparation for the upcoming season, Bosh is bulking up to play center; he’s already added six pounds of muscle to his once 235-pound frame, and will continue to put on weight before training camp commences in a few weeks.
More details, via CBSSports.com:
When the Triad was formed in 2010 in Miami, Chris Bosh almost immediately let it be known through the press that he didn’t want to play center. Bosh is a stretch four in nearly the purest sense, and he’s never been the type to go to the block and do the dirty work. He has finesse game, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s a good and rare thing, and he didn’t want to mess with his timing or rhythm by having to add weight. He actually lost weight for the 2010 season. But after winning the title in 2012 with a model that saw Bosh used most often in the center role, or at least “in the least guard role” on a team redefinining traditional position elements, Bosh is starting to accept things. After all, it worked last year. The Miami Herald reports that Bosh has started adjusting his conditioning and training to prepare for a full-time center position.
“Chris Bosh is adding bulk (six pounds of lean muscle) to prepare for the rigors of playing a full season at center.”
Bosh won’t be the traditional center. He’ll be more of a combination of Mehmet Okur’s outside abilities (Bosh’s threes were monstrous late in the playoffs last year), Serge Ibaka (whose mid-range jumper helped OKC to the Finals), and Joakim Noah (using his length to generate tip-ins and making plays with his length rather than his size. The bulk will help him with endurance though, allowing him to sustain the beating that centers take.
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some 'ol story... nothing new, same thing was said last year about his weight and his play at the 5
the real thing to be exited about is his threes, which he made 7 of 13 in the playoffs
i've been a fan of bosh taking threes, since the first year he got here when he took almost none and missed the ones he took. i was telling my friend that would be extremely helpful to us if he can improve in this area, and at the end (in the finals) it was.
i think he should train in this area more than anything. he's one of the best shooting big man in the L, he just needs to stretch his range.
6lbs over 6'11 of lanky will surely intimidate Dwight Howard.
btw i hope he's not doing heavy weight lifting.
at the end of day, the most important thing he can do is stay healthy, and he has said that he likes to play at lighter weights because is safer.
if im not mistaken, i read an article that said he bulked up for toronto and didn't like it
Miami should have drafted Festus Ezeli... thought he would have been a willing banger against the real centers of the NBA
I really have a hard time believing Ezeli will be anything more than Joel Anthony already is. Sure, he's a nice prospect, in the late 1st/early 2nd, but he's not a long term solution to Miami's hole at the C position just like Anthony isn't. If they would have gotten Ezeli, he'd just be added to the list of rotation guys that play 10-15 mpg.
ezeli would've been awesome, i advertised i wanted the heat to go after him throughout the year.
but we had arnett moultrie man, which is even better. arnett moultrie is said to have potential as a center. imagine a duo of bosh and moultrie in the front court with their mobility and ability to shoot two years from now... wow.
but whatever, im not sweating it, we needed the money and got rashad lewis which brings similar impact from the get go.
hopefully moultrie gets PT in philly, who was said to be looking after him even with their 15th pick.
TOUGHNESS is A Mental Thing and about ATTITUDE...You cant become Tough just by Gaining weight...I never understood why people said he was soft..He's not afraid of contact,he just isnt tough...Maybe too nice,if he was a little meaner...He'll be a top 5 player....Right now i think he's top 15 to 20....
During the playoffs the Heat seem to be unbeatable when they had Bosh at the 5,Lebron at 4,Wade at the 2 and surrounding them with shooters...But dont think coaches didnt Realize how the Heat seem to be hitting on all cyclinders when they put that lineup on the floor...Coaches will try to make adjustments,to counter it.....The Heat still needs a post scorer,to help ease things for Wade & Lebron,becuz some night guys arent going to be making shots..
*Edit Note:Justin Hamilton signed to play overseas...
Let's hope he doesn't bulk up too much. We know what happened to him in Toronto. His knees broke down on him.
" Let's hope he doesn't bulk up too much. We know what happened to him in Toronto. His knees broke down on him."
Just out of curiosity, why is there that segment about the ostrich?
Bosh does remind me of an Ostrich sometimes
the heats best lineup is with him at center and making some more room by going smaller and finding time for ray allen to play with lebron and wade. But well have to wait and see if he can protect the paint. bynum will eat him alive down there.
Bosh bulked up for his last season in Toronto as well (after seeing footage of himself from Beijing looking like he needed a sandwich.) Had a monster year, got his big payday in Miami, then let himself revert back into a skinnier player.
Not saying he is not effective as is, but when he was bigger and stronger he was definately a more dominating player. If he sticks to the program this time he will make the Heat a better team.
Any weight for Bosh is good at this point. 6 pounds isn't going to be enough to bull guys, but you'd be surprised as to what 6 lbs of muscle can do for someone's overall strength. He's not a power player, he never had been, but Bosh hitting the weights isn't a bad thing....well, as long as he doesn't go Drew Gooden and hit 260 lbs and lose a lot of his quickness...with Bosh, I doubt that's going to happen.
Everyone knows he is a Velociraptor not an Ostrich
Talking of available C's I read that Ben Wallace has talked about maybe having another year in the league and it will not be with Detroit, could he be an option for the Heat if they wanted another veteran big to give them maybe 15mpg.