Miami’s Chris Bosh: “Any Player Who Says They Haven’t Cried Over Basketball, They’re Lying”

March 17, 2011 – 10:00 am by Eric Schmoldt

For a minute there, it appeared the Miami Heat had figured things out. Once again, I now have no idea what to believe when it comes to the team with the Big Three who started the championship celebration before the team had ever even taken to the basketball court.

The bipolar Heat tried to silence critics with a three-game winning streak that included victories over the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. However, the Oklahoma City Thunder abruptly ended that streak by winning in Miami on Wednesday night.

It was the Heat’s seventh loss in 10 outings, harkening some back to a skid that included a goofy national scene that involved members of the team crying in the locker room. Chris Bosh says that game might have been the low point, but the emotions shown after it were nothing to be ashamed of.

Chris Bosh joined 790 the Ticket in Miami on the Dan LeBatard Showto discuss the low point in Miami’s struggles, why the team is so bad in critical situations, whether he has confidence in his teammates, former players criticizing the Heat, Crygate 2011 and Kobe Bryant taking 90 minutes after a game to shoot on Miami’s court.

What was the low point in Miami’s recent struggles?:

“I think the low point for us is, I guess, the Chicago loss, probably, and then the Portland loss was just another part of it. The thing about the Chicago loss was that we had every chance in the world to win that game and then it came down to one missed box out and it cost us that game. We fought so hard just to get out of that streak … and every time it was close we just didn’t come out on top.”

Why is the team 1-for-18 in late-game critical situations?:

“We’re still coming together as a team. We’re still trying to figure out what plays work better for us. There’s not too many situations where you’re going to be in the last 10 seconds and need a shot. … You can’t practice that, you just have to experience that. … Everything’s a work in progress. I wish we could be 18-for-18, but that’s not the case.”

Was there a point where the team lost confidence in each other?:

“No, I didn’t feel like it was falling apart. For one, we all shared the same frustration, we all wanted to win. We all went out there and played hard, we just made mistakes. … When I look to my left and look to my right, all the guys feel the same way. … I know what the spirit and what the character of our guys are. The fact that we were pissed off and the fact that it did hurt us when we did lose, that shows a lot of character.”

What is the criticism that has hurt him the most?:

“It’s not the criticism that hurts me, it’s just kind of like when players say something, guys that used to be in the locker room and don’t play anymore, and they have these opinionated comments … it’s kind of strange. You were a player one day, too. … But at the same time, I don’t let stuff bother me. Being a skinny kid growing up in Dallas, Texas, it wasn’t easy to play basketball.”

Which players is he talking about there?:

“Anybody who is a former player. You can be opinionated, but when you get on the verge of being personal, it’s like, that’s enough.”

On the reaction around the league to Heat players crying in the locker room:

“Any player who says they haven’t cried over basketball, they’re lying. … It’s emotions. That don’t make you weak. It doesn’t make you weak as a man or as a player. That just shows how bad you want to win. It really doesn’t matter at the end of the day.”

On Kobe Bryant shooting for an extra 90 minutes on the Miami floor:

“I have no problem with guys wanting to get better, but if you think that any of us were going to be able to shoot on the Staples Center court for 90 minutes, you would be totally mistaken. I don’t think they should have allowed him to do that. … We should’ve shut the lights off.”

Listen to Chris Bosh on 790 The Ticket in Miami here (Interview begins at 1:02:30)

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  1. 34 Responses to “Miami’s Chris Bosh: “Any Player Who Says They Haven’t Cried Over Basketball, They’re Lying””

  2. Ooooh, she’s sooo butch…

    By nunya on Mar 17, 2011

  3. The Miami Royalty:
    King James, Queen Wade,
    ……oh almost forgot……Princess Bosh.

    By bukaw rodavlasor on Mar 17, 2011

  4. and the Rapist Kobe queen Bryant you frogot about what he did in colorado

    By Justin on Mar 17, 2011

  5. @JOHN: You’re right. Kobe “Eagle” Bryant is not a convicted rapist. He is an “unconvicted” rapist.

    By kupal on Mar 18, 2011

  6. Time will tell about the Heat. Lets see if they can flip the switch for the playoffs and compete for a title. Why is Le Bron not running the center of the offense like Magic Johnson did for the Lakers? The Heat have the talent to win it all. LeBron may be that guy who is to selfish to ever play the team game. We will see.

    By Mark on Mar 18, 2011

  7. Chris bosh is right, I’m a Pastor and I tell men all the time, that it is okay to allow someone to see your emotions and how much you care about something. Basketball players have a passion for the game and some get so emotionally into it, that crying is not because, they feel soory, but because they are angry, upset, and want to prove that they are better and there is more to come in intensity, effort, and of course passion. The big three are destined for multiple championships and this is only making them tougher and prepared for their journey!!!

    By Marcus Dixon on Mar 18, 2011

  8. Stay focussed!!! Sharpen and hone your game plan, then unleash the beast in the playoffs!!! I’m down with you guys like three flat tires! D-Wade, Bron-Bron, C-Smooth Bosh!!! Get ready to shock the World!!! Win out and you will be in the best position possible!!!

    Pastor Dixon! You are in my prayers!!!

    By Marcus Dixon on Mar 18, 2011

  9. Bosh would have turned off the lights on Kobe, remind me again what has Bosh done? Win a championship – no, been the MVP – no, scoring champion – no, fianls MVP – no. maybe he should continue to ride Wade and LeBron’s coat tails! Until he does something!

    By Gil on Mar 18, 2011

  10. My, My, My, Jealous Of Kobi Big Time. Just What Has Bosh Accomplished, Not A Damn Thing. He could never walk in Kobi Shoes. As A Matter Of Fact He Does not amount To The Spit On Kobi Shoes. Get A Life Bosh, You could never be Mr Kobi Bryant.

    By Karen on Mar 18, 2011

  11. The Heat won’t get passed Boston this year. Sorry bandwagoners. Lakers over Celtics in 6.

    By dennis on Mar 18, 2011

  12. Hey Justin: About the Colorado incident: Remember when ol’ girl went to get examined and about 12 other men came crawlin’ out her vajayjay. It was not rape, idiot! Adultery, yes but never was it rape!

    By CeeGee on Mar 18, 2011

  13. Why is it that all koby and Laker haters want to talk about a rape that no one was ever convicted for, with a woman that evidence showed was not above reproach, and none of which has anything to do with basketball. you just can’t find anything wrong with his game so you’re sort of desperate. if you just have to comment, please find something that at least has to do with the game of basketball and not your desperation that koby had been arrested so your favorite team Maybe would have a chance to win a championship.

    By LarryMac on Mar 18, 2011

  14. Chis Bosh just played in the NBA when with Toronto, now he’s all in the news because he plays for the overrated Heat! You can have 3 good players on a team, but without a team concept, they will never win when it counts! Boston is too strong and so is Chicago! LeBron can’t even compare to Magic and not to Kobe either! Even though they lost the first, the Lakers have been to the last 3 NBA Finals and might go to a fourth! Only team to do that was the Celtics of the 60s and Lakers of the 60′s (loosing to Boston). It’s going to take more then those 3 to pull in a title; a team concept, a strong coach (on that the players don’t nudge with the shoulder and a proven winner), and a point guard(LeBron isn’t a point and the others are too much of role players to lead the team from the PG position). If the Knicks let Billiups go, and it winds up in Miami, they will be straight, though the Lakers will still be there in the West with the right coach as well. Kobe going for his 8th time in the finals this year! Spurs can’t do it, and Mavericks are too weak!

    By DJ Rodney on Mar 18, 2011

  15. Not a Kobe or Laker fan, but a fan of the NBA and of common sense. She refused to testify in a criminal trial yet was willing to file a civil suit. If he did it he should be locked up!!! She said they kissed, she said it! So how does that happen? Was it stop or I will call the police or stop I will call my lawyer? Not the same thing now is it? They settled out of court!!! I guess she called her lawyer! Ladies please don’t let rapist go free! There are a lot of NBA teams and fans alike, out there willing to pay to see Kobe to be locked up, so do us all a favor and send that guy to jail

    By kwillsmith on Mar 18, 2011

  16. Iam a lakers fan and the lakers will win tonight ok
    He is a basketball player not like rkelly who sings ok

    By tamara on Mar 18, 2011

  17. Post game interviews, where the royal court of King James and Queen Wade try to rationalize their losses looks funny . But they do look so sweet and adorable. Can we have cameras show how they do “footsies” under the table?
    All this, while the poor little Princess Bosh gets a little bit too excited being interviewed on radio. Not good enough for TV, I’m afraid. Don’t worry little girl, don’t cry, maybe next time you could join the lovely pair and be on ESPN. I think because of your height they could get you to stand behind the couple.

    By bukaw rodavlasor on Mar 18, 2011

  18. To the idiot above “John,” who decided to bring race into it, but calling a poster “white boy.” I am brother who thinks Kobe is an ass. I think he got off because of his money. Just a few months before that, his holier-than-thou ass told Roy Firestone, he didn’t hangout with the other players because they go to strip clubs. I saw this program myself. Eff Kobe.

    By Shag on Mar 19, 2011

  19. Shag you were not there how you know what happened? The same week the woman went to a party and bragged about Kobe’s private parts size; also after she had sex with Kobe she texted her ex-boyfriend who he had to hire a lawyer because he gave her the idea to extort money from Kobe and few minutes later they had sex, a woman that had been raped don’t want to have sex with anybody because they are hurt, traumatized, ask any victim of rape. Thanks God in United States everybody is innocent until prove guilty. You are just a heater. You say you are a brother of whom? Kobe is the best basketball player in the entire world, see the jersey sales, how they welcome him everywhere, how they chant “MVP” in every arena he plays. Lakers games against opponents are always sold out. Have a nice day.

    By CAROL on Mar 19, 2011

  20. What the hell is wrong with all these people who hate Kobe….Personally I hate kobe cuz he’s almost unstoppable in court,but he’s one the best players ever to play this game…so why can’t we leave it at that….don’t forget this is a game…sometimes u win sometimes u loose,but we should accept both as champions not as loosers.whining after a game won’t get u any extra points.
    If kobe wanted to shoot for 90 mins in heat arena that only shows how devoted he is to improve his game…I dont think any heat player wanted to do that in any other arena.

    By heshan on Mar 19, 2011

  21. what a bunch of haters….if LeBron was on yall team instead of Miami all of you CRYING BABIES would be showing him tits and giving up yall sisters every time he steps out his balcony…LOSERS!!!!! THAT’S WHAT I CALL A HATER PLAYER!!!

    By Carlo on Mar 20, 2011

  22. Hey, why does everyone ask if Kobe ranks with MJ. I know Jordan was good back then, but I personally think Kobe has nothing more to do before he is considered equal to, or better than MJ. Have we forgotten that MJ was not squeaky clean, he gambled, maybe like Pete Rose, who knows. Kobe has evolved into a great leader of his team, his teammates respect him, and Coach Jackson is now a fan after writing negatives about Kobe in the Kobe/Shaq era, but how can you question Kobe, he plays hurt, he inspires his team mates, he is simply amazing, and will go down in history as great or the greatest when his career is over. The three cry babies on the Heat will also be considered great after they retire, but not as great as Kobe. That’s my opinion, I bet against the odds in Vegas and took Lakers to win another championship.

    By Chuck on Mar 20, 2011

  23. First off, I’m appalled at some of the comments here, but at least have the decency to punctuate if you’re going to talk smack. Pastor Dixon: it appears to me that you condone the pride-fullness that plagues today’s athletes. Not only that, but you encourage them to “bring out the beast”, how do those statements align with your faith and relationship to Jesus Christ? This sounds hypocritical and in poor taste coming from a man who has dedicated himself to the teachings of Christianity.

    By zandriod on Mar 20, 2011

  24. shag, I’m a kobe fan, but thank you for addressing the white boy comment. I’m glad I’m not the only one who read that statement and heard, “hey not only am I dumb, but I’m black too”. That’s not good for anyone and is uncalled for. At least we have intelligent people on here who don’t fall into the ignorance, stereotypes and hatefulness of racial segregation. It’s statements like that which will take us all back 400years. Luckily conscious people like you exist to address this crap. Thank you.

    By zandriod on Mar 20, 2011

  25. anyone that brings up Colorado on Kobe is a fagget
    that knows doesn’t know anything anything about Basketball. therefore, you make ignorantass comments. do us all a favor (including yourselves) just stfu.

    By Slugg24 on Mar 20, 2011

  26. Zandroid, before u call out someone for the teachings of their religion, maybe you should familiarize yourself with the teachings. It is not wrong to have a passion for what you do in live and strive to attain greatness. It is not wrong to cry when you have fallen short after putting in hard word. It doesnt make you weak. It makes you passionate and shows you care. And as far as “unleash the beast”….lol. Are u serious? He is wrong for saying that? Was he supppsed to tell them to go on the court and allow themselves to be beaten without putting up resistance? Because that is definitely not a teaching in Christianity. You go out, play within the rules, play to the best of your ability and passion. And win or lose you give God his praise. Stop nitpicking and stop hating. And for the rest of you, whether Chris Bosh is as good as Kobe or not, you don’t let someone come into your house and try to get an advantage over you. No matter whether they are more talented or have more accolades. But dont let the facts get in the way of a good story. Dueces.

    By Robert on Mar 21, 2011

  27. Chris wasn’t on a team that could have led them to championship. Kobe been on a great team since when. you cant compare kobe and chris. If it wasn’t for the team mates on that team with kobe he couldn’t have accomplish what he have. Put kobe on a team that sucks and see if he can take them to a championship.

    By GuideandProvide on Mar 29, 2011

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