The Chris Bosh 2010-2011 Experience (In Quotes)

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OCTOBER 27, 2009 "[Bosh] will never be the best player on a 50-win team. Sorry, someone will spend $100+M on him next spring and regret it." -- Me, in my 2009-2010 NBA preview, prior to Chris Bosh's final season in Toronto

SPRING 2010 "Keep in mind, Chris -- this team, without their star player in Yao Ming, was 42-40 last year in the slaughterhouse that is the Western Conference. In 2010 though, the big fella is back. This team is ready to explode. The time to get on board is right now." -- The good folks at Houston4Bosh.com, in their recruiting pitch to Chris Bosh last summer, trying to get him to sign with the Rockets

JULY 1, 2010 "In talking to Morey after the fact, it was clear he felt positively about both the meeting and the Rockets' chances going forward. You can't ask for a much better start to the free agent frenzy than that." -- Jason Friedman of rockets.com, after Daryl Morey's recruiting pitch to Bosh

JULY 10, 2010 "We wanted to come here, then LeBron wanted to come. Let's get it done, man. Let's get this thing going." -- Chris Bosh, after the unveiling of the Miami Heat's Big Three (now known as the "New Two and a Half Men")

JULY 28, 2010 "Despite limited swelling and any excessive damage on an MRI, he felt like he needed to sit for six more games. I'm not even questioning Chris' injury. I'm telling you he was cleared to play subject to tolerance on his part, and the tolerance just apparently wasn't there and he chose not to play." -- Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo, discussing Chris Bosh's decision to sit out games down the stretch of the 2009-2010 season

NOVEMBER 18, 2010 "[Heat coach Erik Spoelstra] knows he has to meet us halfway. He wants to work, we wanna chill, but we're going to have to work to get everything down, to get our timing down, and to get our chemistry down." -- Bosh, apparently wanting more "chill" in Coach Spo's chill-to-work ratio after a win over Phoenix during Miami's early-season struggle to a 9-8 start

FEBRUARY 4, 2011 "He's a good solid player, I like him as a person. He didn't have a lot of competition. Trying to find an all-star in the Eastern Conference was like going to a bar trying to pick up a bunch of ugly girls. I mean, somebody's got to win." -- Charles Barkley in a not-so-ringing endorsement of Bosh's being named to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game

MARCH 8, 2011 "Was I effective today? It's common sense. I think it's evident. I just have to get it where I'm effective. I have to get it where big guys get it. Then, I feel I can start helping out this team more. "I'm effective down in the low-post area. That's where I need to start getting the ball. I need to be assertive and demanding." -- Bosh, on a lack of low-post touches this season, after going 3 for 11 in a loss to Portland, the fifth straight loss for Miami

MARCH 8, 2011 "We have to figure out the way to help Chris be more aggressive. We'll figure that out." -- Dwyane Wade, talking about trying to do the impossible

MARCH 8, 2011 "We're just at a point in the season where we've hit a dry spot. How do we explain it? We can't. Me and D-Wade will try to keep our teammates upbeat." -- LeBron James, effectively validating that it's really a Big Two in Miami, not a Big Three

MARCH 9, 2011 "We need more paint opportunities, not just from Chris, but from all of our guys working together." -- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, effectively saying, "Bosh, you're really no different than Joel Anthony or Juwan Howard

MARCH 9, 2011 "Chris can always voice his opinion. If Chris wants the ball then he can ask for it and he can get it. If Chris wants the ball and wants to be more aggressive and wants to be more inserted into the offense, all he has to do is ask for it." -- LeBron James, lying

MARCH 9, 2011 "PHEW..." -- Rockets fans everywhere, wiping their brow and thanking God that Chris Bosh didn't really listen to Daryl Morey's recruiting pitch back in July

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