August 16, 2010
Try as we might to figure it out, we'll never really know how LeBron James(notes), Dwyane Wade(notes) and Chris Bosh(notes) decided to play together in Miami. Sure, we might be able to piece things together here and there, but until LeBron writes another best-selling but tedious and ultimately disappointing book with Buzz Bissinger in which he details the entire process, us mortals will be in the dark with regards to the closed-door negotiations that took place. To that I say, "oh well."
In the meantime, while we're trying to piece things together, these quotes from Chris Bosh to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy might play a big part in our made-up narrative. Furthermore, they might help cast Bosh as the secondary villain in this psychological thriller. Because, seriously, these are some unfortunate comments.
"If you think about how many times somebody asks you, 'How are you,' that's how many times I was asked, 'Where you going?'" said Bosh, who was in Manhattan Wednesday to unveil his Got Milk! advertisement. "So it's like, well, in my case, I'm going to have fun with it. I'm going to play with people's emotions. I'm going to be high and low." [...]
"I wouldn't call it a game because it's serious, but, I mean, it's entertainment at the end of the day. It's the truth," Bosh said. "We're entertaining and everything but at the same time I'm just getting my feelings out there.
"It's entertaining to see people react to your real emotions because if it wasn't fun I wouldn't do it."
Oh, super cool. Playing with people's emotions is one of the coolest things you can do. People just totally love feeling manipulated and taken advantage of, so that's just a really great thing to do.
On the other hand, c'mon man. You just don't say that. I mean, Chris Bosh is an American citizen who is allowed to say whatever he wants about whatever he wants because his free speech is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, so he is totally allowed to say it. And he's even allowed to mess with people if he wants to because he is a grown-up living in a free country. Those are his choices, but if he wants to be well-liked and a fan favorite — and considering he's making a documentary about his free agency, he totally does — then it is probably not the best idea to "have fun" by "[playing] with people's emotions."
It is just sports, and Bosh is right that the NBA is entertainment, but he also realizes that people take these sort of things very seriously. He knows that his version of fun is torture for a lot of people. And even though he can do whatever he wants, that doesn't mean he necessarily should. One sure-fire way for Chris Bosh to get a lot of people to hate him is to admit that he was playing games with fans throughout the process that led to him joining the Heat. All the Got Milk! advertisements in the world won't make people forget that Bosh said he played with their emotions.