Don’t even try to sit there and act like you weren’t one of those people who felt like the 5-year/$118 million deal that Chris Bosh signed in the offseason was ridiculous and that you felt like he was not worth that kind of loot.
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Don’t act like you did not ask yourself how is he worth those kinds of dollars when he would not go down low and bang like you would have liked to have seen during the four NBA Championship round runs that he participated in.
You know you felt like Pat Riley paid Chris Bosh the money that he received because once LeBron James made it clear he was going home to Cleveland you felt Riley just needed to blow his cheddar on someone.
When you saw Bosh get the amount of money he got, you know you felt like there was no way he was going to play up to the amount of money he was receiving.
But guess what, not only did Bosh show that he was worth the dollars he signed for in his new deal while he was on the court, but after he had to end his season because of blood clots in his lungs, his absence even further proved that he was worth the Brinks truck full of “duckets” they signed him for.
While he was playing he was showing that he was going to do all he could to play up to the expectations of his contract by averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest on 46% shooting from the floor and 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc.
The team was in playoff contention while Bosh was logging 35 minutes per contest in the 44 games that he played in. He had only missed eight games during that 52 game stretch.
True, the team was 22-30 before the blood clots in his lungs ended his season.
But the Heat were in good shape in the Eastern Conference standings and poised to make a playoff push especially after acquiring Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic.
However, after it was announced that Chris Bosh was going to be out for the rest of the season, his absence actually has given Pat Riley’s move to pay Bosh his money more credence.
Without Bosh, the team has fallen out of playoff contention from being a potential No.7 seed all the way to 10th place in the conference.
The Heat have won 14 games since the announcement of Bosh being out for the season with one game left on the schedule to close out there 2014-15 season.
Bosh would have played a major role in getting the Heat over the hump in the final 30 games of the season, but his absence made Miami’s task of holding onto their playoff positioning that much more difficult.
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Any way that you slice this season, the Heat played better when their All-Star forward was available to them.
The fact that the team fell from contention once it was clear that Bosh was going to be unavailable to them only provides further proof that the money that he signed for is worth it for both his leadership and contribution on the court.
Think of it this way though. The Heat are going to be staring the NBA Draft Lottery square in the face and are going to hopefully get a player that will boost their chances at getting a playoff spot next year.
Also next year Chris Bosh will be available to Miami and his importance and dollars will not even be up for debate, if there really was a debate to begin with.