Recent reports from Matt Devlin, say that Chris Bosh has gained 20 pounds of muscle and is working tirelessly on his game. And what’s not to love about that. While some stars reach a certain level and stop working, it’s the ones who aim to improve every single year who turn into something special.
Case in point. Take a guy like Vince Carter. (Here we go again, right?) A man gifted with talent. Could jump through the roof and blow by most defenders. Yet, as the years went by, he never really took his game to the next level. Determination and dedication being the missing factors.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan (fittingly enough, inducted into the hall of fame today). A man, with a skill set never before seen in the league. But also a man who’s hard work and dedication carried him beyond his God given talent.
And while Bosh doesn’t posses the the skill set of a man like Michael Jordan, no one does, his dedication and desire to improve every year is what could turn him into a superstar in the league, not just a star.
Sure, a cynic could say he’s in a contract year, and he has nothing but dollar figures to gain from improving his numbers. But to that person I say, what year hasn’t Bosh come back, bigger, better, and more determined? It’s in his nature.
And it’s for that reason that Bosh will get a max contract next summer. Without the attributes described above, he remains a fringe superstar, just below the Lebrons and the Kobes. But with them, the sky’s the limit. It becomes frightening to think just how good he can be.
***Jeremiah McNama The Zan Tabak Herald