While his toughness may have been brought into question at times during the 2010-11 season, Chris Bosh says he ready and able to play center for the Miami Heat if needed, according to the Sun Sentinel.
“You know, as much as every time I try to run from it, it just comes and pulls me back in,” Bosh told the Sun Sentinel at an informal team workout yesterday. “So I accept it. If I’m a five, put me down there, have me guarding the biggest guy, I accept the challenge. It is what it is. Every year that I’ve said ‘Oh, no, I’m not doing it,’ I’m in there anyway. So, I accept it.”
Bosh, who played power-forward for most of the season last year, averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in his first year with the Heat. The Sun Sentinel reports that not only has the All-Star’s attitude about being a true big man changed, he also has reportedly bulked-up by adding a great deal of muscle during the lockout. Bosh told the paper that one of the motivating reasons for his increased weight regiment was because he feels that he should easily be able to average 10 rebounds per game. Last season’s 8.3 rebound per game average was the lowest Bosh has had since his rookie year in 2003-04.
“I feel like I let my team down, so that’s not going to happen again,” Bosh told the Sun Sentinel. “And the only way I can do that is to get stronger, get more physical and be more of a presence on the boards.”