Chris Bosh says he's (finally) 'figured it out'

You want him to be more aggressive? He does, too

Last game in Texas Sunday

SAN ANTONIO

Maybe if he always played soft. Maybe if you never saw the other side of him. Maybe Chris Bosh wouldn't be so roundly questioned if he wasn't smart enough to know exactly what happens when he plays an aggressive game.

"We win,'' Chris Bosh says, flatly.

It's that simple, right?

"Like 99 percent of the time,'' he says


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So the question I then asked him on the eve of Sunday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals was this: "And you aren't aggressive every game, because …?"

And standing behind me with the same question is a line of Heat fans that runs from Palm Beach through Key West. What's interesting is who's in front of us.

"My family asks me that all the time — my cousins, my uncles, my aunts,'' Bosh says. "My family's rough. I get home and my wife says, 'Why aren't you ...' doing this or doing that?"

And?

He smiles. "It's not that easy,'' he said. "Or maybe it is that easy."

There's the essence of Bosh. If he was a landmark, he'd be Egypt's "The Sphinx." If he was a sculpture, he'd be Rodin's "The Thinker." If he was a book, he'd be … well, take your pick.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has given a few books to players over the years. Last year, he gave out, "Clutch: Excel Under Pressure."

"I've read it,'' Bosh told him.

The year before, he gave, "Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential."

"I've read it,'' Bosh told him.

He even spouted thoughts from the book so Spoelstra knew it was true. Before games, while teammates listen to music to prepare, Bosh sits at his locker reading a book on his I-Pad.

The point is, this is not your normal star player. He thinks. He plots. He studies. And now before Game 103 of this season he claims to have an epiphany about his game.

"I got through this journey, every year trying to figure it out,'' he says. "It takes me 100-some games. But I think — I hope — I've figured it out and hope will bring what I'm supposed to [Sunday night]."

What is the answer to his riddle?

"I can't give away my secrets,'' he said.

It's not a tough guess. In the past three games, he has kept his shot inside 18 feet, taking just one 3-point shot after leaning on it increasingly to that point. Some of that wasn't his fault.

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