Chris Bosh made headlines a week ago when he staked an absolutely ridiculous claim. When asked by FOX Sports Florida about his current Hall of Fame credentials, Bosh had this very interesting thing to say:
“Hell, yeah, of course. I’ve been a Hall of Famer like four years ago. And I say that very serious, though. I’ve talked about it before with my friends.”
First let me preface this by saying that when his career is over, Chris Bosh has a very legitimate shot at the Hall of Fame. His career numbers are tremendously consistent, he’s now an 8-time All-Star (which I still can’t believe), he’s was “the featured guy” for a franchise over a significant number of years and now, he has at least one NBA championship on his resume. All very impressive.
However, Chris Bosh seems to have lost his damn mind.
It was as much the way in which Bosh so nonchalantly delivered his answer, with a strong sense of dismissal toward the question. Like we didn’t already know?
I don’t just have a problem with the way Bosh answered, but the fact that he so arrogantly decided to exaggerate his greatness by saying he’s not only a Hall of Famer today (wrong), but he was four years ago, while struggling to achieve a .500 record with the perenially lowly Toronto Raptors.
But why the significance of “four years ago” Chris? Why four? What does that number even mean? What was happening then? If I remember correctly, he was toiling in irrelevance while trying to lead a Raptors ball club into an 8th seed of the Eastern Conference. Yes, that Eastern Conference.
Does he think at that time, his numbers were simply that incredible? Hell, he just finished his sixth season. His SIXTH! His 6th! That’s a grand total of 439 career games! Unfortunately, he’s irrefutably mistaken. After completing that sixth season, Bosh was sitting at 19.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 50.1% shooting. Certainly those are very impressive numbers for six full seasons in the NBA, all of them on mediocre-to-bad Raptor teams, but we’re talking about the Hall of Fame here, not simply an All-Star Game appearance.
Would anyone else in their right mind have the balls to say they are a Hall of Fame player after six season? LeBron, Kobe, anyone? Hell, Jordan wouldn’t have even said that, and all those guys breathe confidence like it’s oxygen.
Of course Bosh does now have his one NBA championship to his name, so maybe that’s where this extreme over-confidence is coming from? You’re good Chris, but hell, with this kind of swag, you’re scaring the children!
At least Joe Johnson was kind enough to give us this highlight as a parting gift reminder.