Chris Bosh Learned He had Big Ego he Needed to Put Aside in Miami

Chris Bosh played one of his best games as a member of the Miami Heat, scoring 34 points in a Game 3 win over Chicago Sunday night. For the second time this series he led the Heat in scoring, making 13-of-18 field goals while going 8-for-10 at the line. Game 3 also marked just his fifth 30-point game of the season, two of which have come in the series. He’s played with passion, played with aggression, and he’s been knocking down his outside jumpers. He has been a difference-maker for the Heat and a big reason they’re ahead 2-1 in the series.

But this season has not gone smoothly for Bosh. He was dunked on by Ray Allen last series, admitted he was nervous in Boston, and he was almost in tears following a regular season loss. He’s become a target for mockery and appeared to have a difficult time learning his identity on a team that has two stars in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. That’s been a difficult adjustment for Bosh to make given his status as the franchise player in Toronto the past several seasons. He even admitted that Sunday night.

Asked after Game 3 about accepting a new role where he wasn’t the focal point of his team’s offense, Bosh said “It was extremely difficult. It was to the point where I didn’t know how I was going to be able to be effective. But I still have to have that aggressiveness that I had then. Of course I’m not going to get as many play calls, I know that, with two other great players and a great team. I just have to be aggressive and have a better swagger about myself and just believe in myself and my teammates and go out there and play basketball.”

Bosh was then asked if he’s had to put aside his ego since joining the Heat.

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Joakim Noah Gay Slur Video – Says F*** You, F****t to Fan by Bulls Bench

Joakim Noah either didn’t learn from Kobe Bryant’s gay slur or he was so heated up he didn’t use discretion with his words during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After getting whistled for his second foul early in the first quarter, Noah headed to the Bulls bench and appeared to yell a few cuss words to a fan. Here’s the video courtesy of Ben Golliver:

Kobe Bryant was fined by the NBA and flogged by the media and many fans for what he said. Former NBA player John Amaechi compared the slur to the use of the n-word. We’ve been here before and established that the use of the word “f****t” is unacceptable, even if it is said in the heat of the moment on the court. If the media makes a big enough deal of this, expect Noah to get fined like Kobe. It would be hard for him not to — this series has been one of the most-watched programs on cable TV.

UPDATE: Joakim Noah apologized after the game saying “I got caught up — a fan said something and I said something back, I apologize. I got caught up, I don’t mean disrespect to anybody, I just got caught up.”

Derrick Rose Steroids Problem Comment Results in Difficult-to-Believe P.R. Spin

Derrick Rose has backtracked on comments he made in the May 16th edition of ESPN the Magazine regarding the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs in basketball. Rose was asked by a reporter “If 1 equals ‘What are PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs)’? and 10 equals ‘Everybody’s Juicing’ … How big of an issue is illegal enhancing in your sport?”

In response, Rose said, “Seven. It’s huge, and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person.”

Though the comment was published in the Magazine over a week ago, it did not become an issue until Sunday when IamaGM.com wrote about it, according to Ken Berger. In response, Rose denied the comment.

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chances Plagued By Youth, Immaturity

It is the Oklahoma City Thunder’s youth that continues to plague them in the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks — not their talents. After falling in Game 3 at home 93-87 and going down 2-1 in the series, the Thunder now face a treacherous challenge to overcome the hot Mavericks and their late-game closer Dirk Nowitzki.

The Thunder arguably have the best roster remaining in the postseason based on skill level and talent. They feature two All-NBA talents in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, one of the best post defenders in Kendrick Perkins and a great cast on the bench. Unlike the three superstars in Miami, this is a complete team. Yet, thanks to their immaturity and youth, they’ve failed to figure things out late in games to come out on top.

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Clippers Center Chris Kaman Went Gun Shopping to Prepare for Rapture Day

Rapture Day came and went. I’m here, you’re here (at least I believe so), and the notorious scare of May 21st’s Judgement Day is finished. However, that same scare led to Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman purchasing a few guns.

Kaman tweeted “Just in case anything fishy happens tomorrow I bought a few more guns.” Following the tweet, he displayed a few photos (one pictured above) of rather large guns that could do serious damage.

Some may think this is all fun and games, but NBA commissioner David Stern will not. Thanks to one idiot amongst the NBA ranks, the Association holds a strict policy against firearms and that’s probably something Kaman wouldn’t be advised to share.

Doris Burke Flubs, Swears in Italian Before Mavs-Thunder Game (Video)

You’re on the air, lady!  Doris Burke clearly thought she was doing a recorded segment for ESPN Saturday night before the Mavericks and Thunder squared off for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.  As you can see below, she was live.  The talk surrounding this clip is that Burke mouthed the f-word the second time she got confused.  Not exactly.  Check out the Doris Burke screw-up video and allow an Italian-American to explain it for you below.

Yes, that was a curse word Doris muttered under her breath — it just wasn’t in our language.  She said “fangul,” which is an Italian term that is translated to mean either “f*** you,” “stick it up your a**,” or something of that variety.  As a result, this officially marks my father’s favorite blog post ever on LBS.  Needless to say, he doesn’t care for sports.  Chest bump to The Big Lead for the clip.

Scott Brooks Made Right Decision to Leave in Bench Players During Fourth Quarter

Though Oklahoma City won Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in Dallas Thursday night, you would have figured they’d been blown out based on the scrutiny they faced afterwards. Thunder coach Scott Brooks decided to keep four of his five starters on the bench for the bulk of the fourth quarter, leaving Kevin Durant as the only regular on the floor. Though Dirk Nowitzki went to work on Nick Collison (who was later subbed out for Serge Ibaka) in the fourth quarter, the plan worked well — the Thunder outscored the Mavs by five and won the game 106-100.

James Harden was on the money with 23 points on 6-for-9 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four assists, and Collison and Daequan Cook combined to go 5-for-5. The real story was that Eric Maynor scored 13 points in 20 minutes while subbing for Russell Westbrook, which created a controversy after the game.

Westbrook has been heavily criticized throughout the playoffs for his questionable shot selection and because of his inability to help Kevin Durant get the ball at times. Though I feel like the Thunder is much better team with Westbrook than without him (see the Game 7 closeout triple double against Memphis), his attitude and performance has been questionable. There are times when Russell should use his quickness and ability to get to the basket to try and score, and other times when he should try to set up his teammates. Sometimes he doesn’t try to run offensive sets and that is a problem. At the same time, there are few point guards who are as quick and effective in transition, so it’s a tricky situation to monitor.

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