Chris Bosh targets greatness with Miami
Chris Bosh was the last to be roped in, after Dwayne Wade and LeBron James, when Miami Heat went looking to construct a Holy Trinity in NBA's sanctum.
With LeBron James burdened with the prophecy of becoming an all-time great, and Dwayne Wade seeking the retreating shadows to allow King James the free girth to seek that greatness, Bosh may well remain the one man focussed single-mindedly on the bigger goal of building Heat's lasting legacy.
In Mumbai for NBA's promotional event, where a media bevy laboured on teaching him the precise enunciation of the word 'Namaste', Bosh spelled out his not-so-humble ambition of becoming a part of the greatest basketball team ever. "We've talked (in the Heat dressing room) about greatness often, as also about securing our legacy. Speaking about how great we want to be has helped us, especially when we were down as a team," he said. "We want to be the greatest of all time, but that needs a large body of work." What is dismissed as the Galactico's flashy play — by Heat's naysayers — Bosh describes as "beautiful chemistry between star players."
"My full-time job in the off-season is to have fun," he chuckles. A nice feint. What marks out Bosh as someone incredibly driven to seek success is that even in his down-time, lounging in distant India, he follows every NBA tidbit as a development with ramifications on Heat's future championship campaigns. So, team-mate Mike Miller's departure, and waiver from the Heat roster as part of the amnesty provision receives a purr of 'will miss him' wistfulness, before pragmatism slides in. "I just hate that he'll be picked by another team and we'll have to defend against him," says the 8-time All Star, who recently completed Heat's second Championship in two years, but clearly wants to win more.