Grange: Give Us Bosh the Person
Old 10-02-2009, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good read from Michael Grange and I have to say I agree with Grange 100%.

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Clearly Bosh is trying express himself. What to make of it?

I’ve had my share of time interviewing him and people around him over the years but I can’t say I know him in any meaningful sense. I like him. He’s friendly and approachable; more willing than most professional athletes to engage in conversation, but what he really stands for I’m still not clear.

Cynically you could look at his considerable efforts to “grow his brand” – and yes Bosh uses the phrase in reference to himself – and say, enough already. Take the money, play your ass off and then leave me alone, you know? This isn’t to say he’s not welcome to do all the brand extending he could possibly imagine for himself. Just that I have a hard time getting excited about it.

Or, conversely, if you want to invite yourself into the lives of your fans, do it for real: Don’t clam up when the news like your falling out with the mother of your daughter becomes public. Explain what it was like that caused you to have such a sudden change of heart regarding the relationship. Did you panic? Did it hit all of a sudden that this relationship was a lifetime thing and you weren’t ready for that?

Surely a lot of people can relate to something like that.

But that’s not what happened. When real stuff happened Bosh went silent; not even a tweet.

Chances are Bosh is just like a lot of other goal-oriented people his age. He’s reached some if not all of his basketball goals, or at least the first stage: He’s in the NBA, he’s a star; he’s rich and about to get richer still.

There’s much work to be done as his off-season training seems to suggest he understands. Good is one thing, great is another entirely. Bosh sounds like someone who wants to be great and that’s a goal he just might reach.

What to make of the other stuff? I’d be a lot more interested – and this goes for my feelings about just about any celebrity - in his iphone application and his DVD if it was him sharing what it was really like to be him and what he was really about, rather than time spent trying to present a version of himself that serves a brand strategy he might have.

Chris Bosh the star isn’t that interesting to me. Chris Bosh the person would be.
Source - Give us Bosh the person - The Globe and Mail
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think this is a ridiculous article. Bosh, like Grange and most other person in this world, is a working man. Sure, he makes a lot of money, but that doesn't change the fact that he works for a living. And, as any employee who deals with the public, his image is very important. While the bball stuff is by far the reason he is employed, he can increase his revenues by his PR efforts, and that's not only legitimate, but commendable too.

As far as his personal life, the fact he is in the public eye doesn't mean he must expose his intimate secrets to it. Everybody has a right to protect his privacy, regardless of their job.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm with you, Doc..... great article. I'm not a big fan of the hype machine.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Chris Bosh the person is likely pretty fucking boring. Here's an idea - Chris Bosh the basketball player.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's an idea, shut your mouth Grange.

You wonder why people leave this town. Toronto media is fucking unbelievable.

Dude puts REAL video's on youtube, thats who he is. Thats it.

Grange is pissed he doesnt feel like airing his personal matters while they are still in courts????

Fuck off grange.
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Here's an idea, shut your mouth Grange.

You wonder why people leave this town. Toronto media is fucking unbelievable.

Dude puts REAL video's on youtube, thats who he is. Thats it.

Grange is pissed he doesnt feel like airing his personal matters while they are still in courts????

Fuck off grange.
He writes a piece about what a nice, decent person he thinks Chris Bosh is and how we don't need to be forcefed some marketing crap, and THAT is what you get out of it?
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yep.

That was dripping with condescension.
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yep.

That was dripping with condescension.
I highly doubt that pro athletes should expect any better if they go to Chicago or NY or Boston or anywhere else for that matter.
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There’s much work to be done as his off-season training seems to suggest he understands. Good is one thing, great is another entirely. Bosh sounds like someone who wants to be great and that’s a goal he just might reach.

What to make of the other stuff? I’d be a lot more interested – and this goes for my feelings about just about any celebrity - in his iphone application and his DVD if it was him sharing what it was really like to be him and what he was really about, rather than time spent trying to present a version of himself that serves a brand strategy he might have.
These two paragraphs is all Grange really has to work with as far as I can tell. The first paragraph is nice, but it doesn't make for much of an article. The second paragraph is just a bit dumb. At what point do we decide that he is presenting an authentic version of himself? Nobody presents themselves fully and completely as they are without trying to sneak in what they hope to be perceived as, and nobody can know for sure just how others will perceive them regardless of how they tried or didn't try to present themselves.

Oh golly - what does what Chris Bosh stand for? I can't say that I'm interested in what a 25 year old athlete stands for all that much, and I really don't get why Grange finds exploring the issue remotely worth thinking about. It reminds me of how everyone in the 80's had to find an "issue" to be involved with in order to define themselves once they entered into university. Does that still happen nowadays? Please say it ain't so. As far as I can tell it's actually all about feeding their brand on the social networking sites et al. I don't need to see young people trying to prove they have some larger importance while they still have acne. Just let him throw his pimply face into the void like everyone else, and maybe look at how he might be able to chart his course as the athlete that he is. That's the only story. Otherwise Grange is going to need filler alerts.
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Sounds to me like Grange doesn't like the fact that Bosh wouldn't share what happened between him and his ex-girlfriend. For starters the courts are involved and he is probably just following his lawyer's advice in not talking to the press about it. Secondly it's his own fukin business so shut the fuk up Grange!

Sometimes the media just really pisses me off, present company excluded of course.
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Apollo: Grange, mind your own damn business.
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If the issue is the court case, then all Grange had to do was look at the court documents. There wasn't much of a mystery as to what was going on, and the only thing Bosh could've done through the media is drag the mother of his child's name through the mud. That wouldn't have been about protecting "the brand" all that much.
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