HoopsHype Chris Bosh rumors

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But on Monday night, he revealed to CBSSports.com another factor in his free-agent decision -- one that offered plenty of insight into just how stressful and transformative the Big Three's four-year championship gauntlet really was for him. Money was a factor. Comfort level was another. But given a chance to insert himself into another Big Three as the third wheel with the Rockets, inviting all the attention and expectations that would've come with it, Bosh ultimately said: No, thanks. I'm good. "I could see where people would think that's an attractive site," Bosh told CBSSports.com, speaking of Houston, where half the NBA expected him to land back in July. "They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could've been out there. But you know, that doesn't guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure." CBSSports.com

"It's incredibly difficult to win a championship," Bosh told CBSSports.com. "I know that, and I know it's a whole process." While the basketball world was obsessing over James' next move back in July, Bosh and his family were on a month-long vacation that included humanitarian work in Africa. Once James returned to Cleveland, Bosh handled all the due diligence on his own free-agent decision by phone from there. "Bottom line, he enjoyed his four years in Miami and believes they can still compete for championships," Bosh's agent, Henry Thomas, told CBSSports.com. CBSSports.com

The Rockets had pushed all their chips to the center of the table in pursuit of Carmelo Anthony (who chose to stay in New York) and then Bosh, a perfect complement to Howard and Harden. With James gone and with Rockets GM Daryl Morey clearing the runway for Bosh to chase a third ring as the third wheel in his home state of Texas, it all seemed to be a fait accomplit. The Rockets sure seemed to think so. "Did they?" Bosh told CBSSports.com. "... I think they're still in contention for it even without me. It's free agency. It's a crazy time. It just kind of got crazy real fast and then it settled down completely." CBSSports.com

Bosh delivered the dagger — a 3-pointer 1:23 from the end that brought that 11-point lead. He credited Chalmers, who credited coach Erik Spoelstra, who credited everybody — including three rookies (James Ennis, Shabazz Napier and Andre Dawkins) who played together. Miami, on the tail end of a back-to-back, was without Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Luol Deng (wrist) and Josh McRoberts (foot). “We’re going to put the ball in [Chalmers’] hands sometimes, especially late in the game and especially with guys out. We were relying on him a bit and he came through,” said Bosh, who had a key offensive rebound that led to his own jumper, Chalmers assisting, to ignite the key 9-2 streak. New York Post

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That has Bosh biting his tongue, to a degree. "Whether it's the coverages or just man-to-man defense, they're blowing by us," he said. "We're not helping each other. Or we have no weak-side defense. "It's so many things, pick-and-rolls, side pick-and-rolls, one-on-one defense, pin downs, transition. We actually did a job on transition [against Atlanta]. We haven't put it together yet. I guess it's a process a little bit. I keep telling myself, 'Keep myself sane.' But eventually we're going to have to turn the corner." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Bosh didn’t go easy on DeRozan. He also entered the NBA after one season in college at Georgia Tech. There were no free passes in the pros for inexperience. DeRozan credits Bosh for helping to kick start his career. “He was tough on me from the standpoint, I think he knew how good I could be,” DeRozan told Basketball Insiders. “I was the starting guard with him, (Hedo) Turkoglu, (Andrea) Bargnani, Jose Calderon. I was the only rookie out there. A lot of mistakes I made, he would just be hard on me about it so I could be better. He was a good dude. He’s a good friend of mine.” Basketball Insiders

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Bosh is Miami’s main man now and he is having a pretty good time with it. He hit the 76ers with 30 points in tonight’s 114-96 victory at Philadelphia and is enjoying the freedom of playing the way he wants. “It’s fun, I’m not gonna lie,” he said. “It’s the beginning of the season and we haven’t hit any rough parts yet — and the rough parts will come. There will be times when it’s not fun. But so far, it’s OK. Fun or not, I try to stay even as much as possible and not get caught up in what everything means. I just keep playing basketball and try to get the job done. “It’s more natural to me to be aggressive and attack the basket. This team didn’t need me to do that the last four years, but I’ve always thought I could really show everybody and now’s my chance. I just humbly take the position and do as much work as I can.” Palm Beach Post

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While the Lakers were going after Anthony in vain, they quietly pursued Chris Bosh as well, but he preferred the carcass of the Heat. Paul George, Angelino through and through, had once been the team's safest choice. But sources say one reason the two-way star had re-signed with the Pacers in the fall of 2013 instead was that he was turned off by the thought that Bryant would police his efforts. ESPN.com

There is an old perception that James wasn't comfortable trying to recruit marquee players to come to Cleveland during his first tenure because he was afraid of how he would be perceived if they declined. James said he simply had a hard time convincing anyone to come to Cleveland. Hughes signed with Cavs, but he could never stay healthy. "I recruited [before] I left here," James said. "I just didn't win nothing so nobody wanted to come with me. I recruited. I recruited Michael Redd. I recruited Joe Johnson. I recruited Chris Bosh. I recruited a lot of guys. I just didn't win. They didn't want to come to Cleveland." Yahoo! Sports

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