LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are oh so cool.
Anyone still wearing the flip-up glasses like D-Wade did after Game 4 or glasses without lenses as he and James have done in these playoffs are “smoothed out on the R&B tip with a pop feel appeal” like Bell Biv Devoe back in the 1990s.
However, Bosh has become that fire breathing dragon who lights the Heat’s emotional fuse.
He will always be the third wheel of Miami’s Big 3, but Bosh, who was the man in Toronto, is doing all the dirty work stars rarely do to help the Heat win a title: Dive on the floor for loose balls. Get offensive boards. Block shots. Defend.
And when asked to score, Bosh can still knock down the jumper and finish pick-and-roll plays at the rim.
However, Bosh has become that emotional leader for Miami. He’s the one you see getting the crowd going by flexing and pumping his fist.
He’s the one barking at teammates and getting them pumped up right before play resumes.
Bosh has one of the best offensive games of any big in the league, but he has sacrificed it for the sake of Heat. Out of Miami’s Big 3, he’s had to make the biggest adjustment.
He showed toughness in coming back from an abdominal injury sustained in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Indiana. The Heat are 5-2 since he returned for Game 5 against Boston.
In this small world in Erie, Pa., which is two hours from Canada where the Raptors were once relevant when Bosh was there, I’ve been critical of Bosh. Said he’s played soft.
That hasn’t been the case in the NBA Finals.
Bosh has shown the fire to complement the super cool duo of James and Wade. If the Heat can get one more win, he’ll be rewarded for his effort with a championship ring.