Chris Bosh has been making some news while his Miami Heat prepare to take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday in Brazil. He doesn't seem all that excited to see the former teammate that he went to the NBA Finals with four times, winning two championships. And he is worried about Kevin Love, per The Sporting News:
"It’s going to be very difficult for him," Bosh said of Love’s role. "Even if I was in his corner and I was able to tell him what to expect and what to do, it still doesn’t make any difference. You still have to go through things, you still have to figure out things on your own. It’s extremely difficult and extremely frustrating. He’s going to have to deal with that."
In a way, there is nothing particularly surprising about this, or controversial. Chris Bosh went from being the man on bad to mediocre Toronto Raptors teams to the third offensive options for very good Miami Heat teams. Kevin Love is going from being the man on bad to mediocre Minnesota Timberwolves teams to ... well, we don't know yet. Bosh and Love are both power forwards who can spend some time playing center, but they have different games. Bosh expanded his shooting range during his time with LeBron to maximize spacing. Love already has that range.
On the surface, it would seem as though Love and James are a perfect offensive fit. Both can shoot, both can work from the post, and LeBron running the pick and roll or pop with Love is potentially devastating. But there is Kyrie Irving. It seems as though it will necessarily be difficult for all three to maintain the scoring they have accumulated in the past, simply based on the amount of shots available in the first place. It's worth noting that Love is probably a better fit with James than Bosh was, and it also is worth noting that Wade was quite a bit better than Kyrie Irving has been thus far when the Heat teamed up. Love won't be such an obvious third wheel, mainly because he isn't the third wheel.
That being said, there is still so much for us to learn. Maybe Bosh will be right.