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another heat article, but this time bosh gets some attention

NBA Finals: Miami Heat's Chris Bosh has been called soft and a third wheel, but look who's still playing in June - ESPN

MIAMI -- There once was a man who enjoyed being the center of attention. He made a guest appearance on "Entourage." He nailed his two lines. The photo shoot he did for Maxim was, well, an attention grabber. With his 6-foot-11 frame sprawled out on expensive furniture in a posh beachfront home, he posed in front of a bowl of fruit and talked about how he found the perfect woman.

For six years, Chris Bosh, a complex man with impeccable taste in clothes, art, food and books, was a leading man in complete control. And then he wasn't.
He's the Jan Brady of the Big Three. No. 1 in the program, No. 3 in their hearts. Before Sunday night's game-winning jumper with 39.6 seconds to go against the Dallas Mavericks, Bosh was rarely called upon to take the final shot. That's not really his job anymore. But he will be the one who takes the blame when something goes wrong.

"It is what it is," Bosh said. "If somebody feels like they have to pick on somebody, pick on the quiet guy."
how can a guy that flashes himself all over social media and makes a movie about getting his first tattoo call himself a quiet guy? i guess if you put yourself alongside lebron you can achieve anything....

But here he is now, getting exactly what he wanted, playing for a championship. After months of being dismissed as weak and insignificant, Bosh has been a force in the playoffs, standing up to the brutes in Boston and Chicago, holding his own in the NBA Finals. If he can help the Heat win two more games in the longest season of his career, maybe Bosh can finally shut everyone up. If he can wrap his giant mitts around an elusive 2-foot trophy, maybe Bosh will finally prove that he belongs.

"If you want to win, sometimes you have to sacrifice things," Bosh said. "I know everybody says they'll sacrifice whatever they can to have a chance to win. But until that really happens, you'll never know the emotions you have to go through in order to get it."
"He's very diverse," Triano said. "He's not going to be defined by just basketball."

Repeated attempts to build around Bosh fizzled, and by the summer of 2010, he was a smaller-market star struggling to find big-time success. He had made two trips to the playoffs in Toronto and had two trips home after the first round.

Bosh always hated this time of year, when he packed up for his home in Dallas and watched the other teams fight it out in the advanced stages of the NBA playoffs. Hewitt used to hear the frustrations wearing on Bosh's voice.

"Man," Hewitt recalled Bosh telling him once, "I wish I could be in a place where we have a chance to win." Hewitt talked to Bosh's mother, Freida, last summer, when everything was uncertain and Bosh had just finished up another disappointing run with the Raptors. Freida didn't divulge anything, but Hewitt knew, after that call, that Bosh was tired and had to go.

"He's going to Miami," Hewitt told a friend.
But it's clear that there is some separation in the Big Three. James and Wade are inseparable, and their friendship seems truer with every step forward in the postseason. On a Wednesday earlier this spring in Miami, the duo plopped down in front of a long table. The two joked about a broken microphone and who should sit where. James fidgeted with his fingers while Wade said something profound.

Bosh did his media session alone.

He has always moved to a different beat, a cross between easy listening and hard-thumping rap. He plays with a hint of vulnerability and fear. He says things James and Wade wouldn't say. Like when he was humbled in a second-round loss last month in Boston. Bosh told reporters that nerves played a part in one of his worst games of the season.

"When you talk to LeBron or Dwyane, you feel like you're talking to a basketball player," Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote said. "When you talk to Chris Bosh, you get the feeling you're talking to a pretty interesting guy who just happens to play basketball. He admits things you don't often hear major athletes admit. He'll tell you that sometimes he feels anxiety in late games.

"He almost reminds me, in a way, of Ricky Williams with the Dolphins. He just has that sensitive side to him that's interesting to explore."
Turns out, Chris Bosh does fit in. He is showing it in each step of the playoffs, averaging 23.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in the Eastern Conference finals against the Bulls, silencing Carlos Boozer, who said before Game 1 that the Heat had two great players but didn't mention Bosh.

Bosh hasn't fired back much, at least not verbally. The cameras turned to Wade after Sunday night's game, and he finished up an interview on the court, then looked around for Bosh. Wade slapped him a high-five and wrapped the big guy in a long hug. James stood nearby. And the Big Three walked off the court together.
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