You’re happy now, yes, it’s plain to see. You’re not concerned with your old used-to-be. You’ve got no heartaches or misery. You’re happy I see, what about me? -Roy Orbison
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! For the past two years, the biggest story in basketball has been LeBron James’ free agency in 2010. Don’t look now sports fans, but 2010 is here. The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity – your name in print – that makes people. Things are going to start happening to me now. Things have already happened for LeBron James. He doesn’t need this to make him. But what about the other guy? What about the guy who is arguably the second best guy among guys who on paper pan out to be one of the greatest free agent classes ever? What about Chris Bosh?
Here in New York, New York, big city of dreams, it’s all LeBron all the time. All day long at school I hear how great LeBron is at this or how wonderful LeBron did that! LeBron, LeBron, LeBron! Rightfully so. But as announcement day inches closer, it appears everything in New York ain’t always what it seems. It appears Bron-Bron will spend the prime years of his career, or at least the next three, in his home state.
You can Dwyane Wade all you want. Some days I might even bite. Today’s not one of them. Not after what Chris Bosh done did last night. Last night Chris Bosh strapped the disappointing Toronto Raptors to his back and led them to victory over the Sixers, thus snapping the Philadelphia’s five game winning streak. Led them to victory with 23 big points and 12 bigger rebounds. But that’s not what moves me. That’s not what grooves me. Not what behooves me. What behooves me is that’s what this cat does every night. He brings his lunch pail. Night after night. Fight after fight.
Don’t believe me? After last night’s performance, Bosh reached the All-Star break with per-game averages of 24.4 points and 11.4 rebounds. Yowza! You may not think that’s such a big deal. I do. I think only three other active players have ever averaged both 24 points and 11 rebounds per game at the break. I think only the Big Shaqtus, the Big Fundamental and the Big Ticket. That’s some pretty big company. Come and knock on our door. We’ve been waiting for you. Where the kisses are hers and hers and his, three’s company too!
There will be a lot of teams waiting for Chris Bosh come free agent time. Where once he was considered too much of a lightweight, Bosh now has added 20 more pounds of muscle and looks more like Randy Savage than RuPaul. Where once he was considered too fragile, Bosh has now played in every game this season. If LeBron does indeed stay in Cleveland, it seems with every game Bosh plays lately, the other guy just may end up being the guy.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!