It's scary that some Miami fans feel that this is a palatable option, but the trade must never happen.
Admittedly, Bosh's numbers in the playoffs were mediocre at best. His contributions—12 points and seven rebounds—are hardly a great return on a player set to make $61 million over the next three years.
Bosh functions as a prototypical stretch-4 who shoots a bunch of mid-range jump shots while playing off LeBron James and Dwyane Wade's slash-and-kick game. Fans often scream in horror when Bosh attempts ill-advised three pointers—they comprised a shocking 38.1 percent of his attempts—despite the fact that he technically shot 50 percent from deep during the conference semifinals and onward.
Whether fans like it or not, this is Erik Spoelstra's role for him.
Still, a glorified jump-shooting big man doesn't need to get paid like a superstar. Every team has a guy like Bosh who gets paid one-fifth of the price.
But if the San Antonio Spurs taught us anything, it's that continuity is the most underrated aspect of winning or contending for multiple championships. Tim Duncan's Spurs may have lost this one by a hair, but nobody can take away their four titles, five NBA Finals appearances and the fact that they have been a contender year in and year out.
Continuity and chemistry are key.
NBA history teaches this, too. Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant stuck together through three years of painful losing in order to win their three titles. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics of the '80s would never have considered trading any of their top-three guys.
Teams that made the mistake of tinkering with their cores when they shouldn't have include the Philadelphia 76ers when they had Wilt Chamberlain in the '60s and Charles Barkley in the '90s. The Milwaukee Bucks in the '70s should have kept Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
There's a reason for all the repeat champions since 1987. The NBA is a top-heavy superstars league, and although a team needs a bench to win the title, the squads with the best two or three guys usually win out over a seven-game series. It's the reason why teams like the Denver Nuggets don't stand a shot to go far in the postseason.
The facts that Bosh was awesome defensively in Game 7, plays his role perfectly, doesn't complain and wants to retire with Miami all add to the case against trading him. Wade certainly won't allow it, and LeBron would probably go to bat for Bosh as well.
Don't mess with a good thing, Miami. Two rings, three finals appearances, three All-Stars. Bosh has to stay.
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