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Shammi Stinson
Shammi Stinson
Senior Columnist

He's still a huge part of this Miami team and in some ways, I think he's more valuable than Dwyane Wade. Why do so many people make fun of him? Is it because he's the third wheel in Miami? From my understanding, he never got picked on during his time in Toronto.

Here is a compilation of Chris Bosh Spoofs. It's not just this one video, but many people make fun him in the same way. I've heard the same Bosh jokes over and over again. What has he done to garner this type of attention?

Shammi Stinson

I don't know what happened, but the video didn't get attached in my post. Here is the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TKPqCcI3vTs

Please watch it.

Justin Olexa
Justin Olexa
Senior Analyst

I never understood this either, I think it is the third wheel thing also the slight dinosaur resemblance, but really people go way overboard with him. If he were on another team then he would not be in all these jokes obviously. I guess he is just the easiest target on the most hated team. When he was in Toronto he was a great 20 and 10 guy. I think people forget how good he was when he was the man in Toronto.

He's an easy target for Miami haters to pick on, and he brings a lot of attention with his 'comical' behavior

Shammi Stinson
Shammi Stinson
Senior Columnist

I feel the same way @Justin Olexa. I think it's a little overboard. He went from PF in Toronto to playing Center in Miami. He's shown he can perform when they need him most. I think bosh and McGee are made fun of too much.

Trevor Roberts
Trevor Roberts
Senior Columnist

@Shammi Stinson I think Mcgee somewhat deserves it watching everything that he does. As far as him and Bosh, people like to have people to pick on. I don't think Bosh minds it too much ("I make $17.5 million a year." "Oh ya, well you look like a dinosaur." "How much do you make." "Um... that's not important.").

BallahB
BallahB
Analyst

Bosh is made fun of because he is an easy target. He gets put in positions that are easy to make fun of. @Shammi StinsonMcGee gets made fun of because he is a jokester and make some very athletic but very questionable/hilarious decisions on the court.

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi
Senior Analyst

In general.....many people WANT to hate the Miami Heat.

It's hard to hate on Lebron and Dwayne because they're the best and second/third best at their position respectively.

Chris Bosh is easy for picking. He's the least popular and was basically out of place until last year with the team. Not to mention that he's not the top PF in the league which makes it easy for people to poke fun at every aspect of his game

You can't do that for Lebron and Wade, but since Bosh isn't the top PF it's too easy.

Is it justified? Absolutely not....this team wouldn't win without Chris Bosh as he's their only legit big guy. But will it continue? Absolutely

Shammi Stinson
Shammi Stinson
Senior Columnist

@Aditya Trivedi, @Trevor Roberts , @Ballah I get what you're saying. But what about the homophobic remarks towards Bosh? It seems to be ongoing. Did anyone watch the video I linked above?

Tara Sadat-Tehrani
Tara Sadat-Tehrani
Analyst

The main aspects that Chris Bosh has where people can easily make fun of him are 1) his team, the Miami Heat, 2) his looks, and 3) his mannerisms during interviews. Of course people are going to hate on the Heat because they are a team that can dominate. Chris Bosh in some way can resemble a dinosaur like @Justin Olexa said, but people only make fun of him because he is an easy target and its an excuse because he is on a good team. Lastly, have you seen him in his interviews? The weird faces, popping in the background, it's just funny.

Weldon Braxton
Weldon Braxton
Commentator

There is no excuse for the slurs and character assassinations. I believe in keeping the analysis on the court. Chris Bosh is a good basketball player. However, he is a big man. I know he is supposed to be versatile, but there are some things that all big men must bring to the table. Rebounding is one of them. I begged for Spoelstra to put Birdman in the game during game 1 because Bosh looked like he was allergic to rebounds. Birdman enters the game, the energy level elevates, and Hansborough, West, and Hibbert's volleyball on the backboard no longer existed. Bosh's inside toughness his been my biggest issue. I know he's no Charles Oakley banger inside but at 6'10, he has got to clean the glass better. Making jump shots isn't the primary need from him.

Michael Almonte
Michael Almonte
Senior Analyst

Chris Bosh is a good player, but he gets attacked because some people feel he is not worthy of being part part of the Big 3. Some people just point to James and Wade as the main stars, but Bosh to me showed his value when he missed the last four games of the Indiana series last season and the first four games of the Boston series. He was the difference late in Game 7 of the Celtics series that helped propel the Heat into the Finals. At the end of the day, Bosh has money, a ring, gold medal and a great life, does it matter if people take shots at him.

Justice BeSelf
Justice BeSelf
Analyst

When we think of 6'10, 6'11 players, we think of rough, rugged, bangers who enjoy the contact and like the fight. In Bosh's case he goes totally against the grid - he fades away, he's not a ferocious rebounder (he should be a double double machine) and he shoots three-pointers. There was once the comparison of him and Garnett but he is nothing like Garnett and only the keen eyes would take KG before Bosh. Indiana can win this series if Bosh fails to put on his big boy pants and get his jersey dirty. West & Hibbard know this and are using it against him. When Andersen is your toughest guy, something is really wrong.

Michael Clark
Michael Clark
Senior Analyst

Bosh has been isolated in Miami & outside of Miami. Part of the blame can fall on D-Wade.

Remember that first year in Miami when LBJ was taking all the heat from the media...D-Wade made a conscious effort to include LBJ in all post game interviews. D-Wade has garnered respect from fans for his Finals performance with Shaq a few years ago & despite his alliance with LBJ, maintains that respect from Heat haters. When D-Wade took LBJ under his wing, it was the D-Wade & LBJ show. D-Wade was the good cop. LBJ the bad cop. Bosh was conspicuously absent.

Of course, Bosh is also the worst of the three from a playing standpoint. He does questionable things on the court & off it. Reports of him crying when the team lost the NBA finals. Gifs that have him taking champagne to the face in a homoerotic way. A general lack of toughness inside the paint whether it be defensively or rebounding. The fact that Miami's biggest weakness is stopping big men speaks for itself as they have no interior presence. The dinosaur look is just icing on the cake, because that was never a super popular meme until Bosh left the Raptors.

There's a lot of things that go into this. Because I hate the Heat I don't really care if he gets crap. It's funny though -- the team nearly lost to the Pacers & Celtics last year with Bosh sidelined. Goes to show how much the team actually needs him.

Dan Lifshatz
Dan Lifshatz
Columnist

Plain and simply, Bosh is made fun of because he looks and runs like a pre-historic dinosaur, and happens to dress quite feminine. Not being rude or mean, but those are the constant reasons that he is made fun of. He is technically a "soft" player, but it happens to be more than that. Even in Toronto, it was the same. He is a victim of looks and appearance....Being a soft player just increases it IMO

Dan Lifshatz
Krithic Annamalai

He's an easy target for Miami haters to pick on, and he brings a lot of attention with his 'comical' behavior. If you ask me, I think he's embraced it.

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi
Senior Analyst

@Shammi Stinson can't really comment on the homophobic remarks. I think that's just general ignorance from people who have nothing better to do and decided to just make more remarks towards a player already hated by many

Jared Stearne
Jared Stearne
Senior Columnist

@ Dan Lifshatz you can't tell me Bosh is made fun of for dressing feminine. What about Dwyane "Armani" Wade? He dresses like a french woman!

I think he's targeted because people resent the Heat, but Wade and Lebron are so overwhelmingly accomplished and great, Bosh is the only one you can really get away with poking fun at. I don't see many people laughing at Wade's flood-pants-suits or Lebron's 45 year old hairline. But Bosh--who legitimately seems like a pretty cool dude on all fronts--is attacked constantly. Guess he should've picked lamer teammates...

Dan Lifshatz
Dan Lifshatz
Columnist

@Jared Stearne haha I would agree completely, but if you search google, and you see how Bosh dresses and acts, it's probably a little more feminine than most. He has also cried a multitude of times at press conferences, perpetuating his stereotype...I just don't see any other player in the league like I do Bosh

Nick O'Donnell
Nick O'Donnell
Analyst

I go to Georgia Tech. Nobody seems to claim him as an alumni just because he never brings the school a good name. He is goofy and doesn't bring honor to our school, even with the All Star Appearances and Rings. He's just that weird sibling that you wanna make fun of.

Michael Walker
Michael Walker
Senior Analyst

Roy Hibbert ridiculed Chris Bosh tonight with his game, not his mouth. Hibbert led the Pacers to tie up the series with the Heat by scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Bosh had 7 points and 3 boards.

Alex Bell

Agreed @Michael Walker, it looked like Hibbert was a foot taller. No answer for him in the paint.

Arka Ray
Arka Ray
Senior Analyst

Some players struggle to gain respect of the fans, it's as simple as that. Bosh is a great player, a solid teammate, and an overall smart guy. He just has certain characteristics, as has been pointed out earlier, that make him a soft target, is all. Doesn't take away from his accomplishments at all.

Honestly, if I had to pick one of the Heat's big 3 to get a beer with, it'd be Bosh, no doubt. He seems like one of the most grounded, intelligent, and overall pleasant stars in the NBA.

Tajh Jenkins
Tajh Jenkins
Senior Columnist

I tend to feel sorry for Bosh at times, but then I watch the things that he does on and off the court and then I start to understand why people make so much fun of him. Bosh has ZERO toughness on the court. When watching him play I get upset because he's a 7 foot grown man but he's plays sooooo weak. Watching David West and Roy Hibbert show him up in the paint (especially on the boards) is not a pretty sight. I just heard Steve Kerr say that Bosh has accumulated just 18 total rebounds through the first 5 games of the the Eastern Conference Finals. I couldn't believe it. I'm not going to even get into his "actions" on and off the court that make him seem like a homosexual to some people. His entire persona makes him easy to make fun of and it's a shame.

scott whittum
scott whittum
Editor

@Tajh Jenkins, People pick on Bosh because of how soft he plays on the court. The Heat would not have to go out and pick up the Birdman for toughness down low, if Bosh was this amazing elite player. Also, with his whining about not getting enough shots its clear that he is all about himself. The heat would still roll along at about the same clip with just LBJ and Wade. This Big 3 stuff is ludicrous. Bosh deserves everything basketball related criticism wise that comes to him.