Former NBA player Chris Bosh made a guest appearance on the J.J.Redick podcast, touching upon several things from his NBA career and seeing the NBA today. Bosh had the opportunity to be a part of that Miami Heat squad that won back-to-back championships and went to the NBA finals in four consecutive years. Bosh is astonished that his former teammate LeBron James is dominant in the league almost the same way as he was several years ago when two of them were teammates.
LeBron’s longevity has been remarkable throughout the years, and even though he is still one of the best players in the league, Bosh said the best version of LeBron was during their time with the Heat. Specifically, Bosh said LeBron was on a mission in his second season with the Heat, in which he led the team to his first NBA championship against a young OKC squad in 2012.
I think he transformed so many times, but I think that second year I think he was on another planet. It got to the point where I’m just watching him do his thing right now because I don’t know what the hell is going on. He was shooting 60 percent for weeks, and I mean he wasn’t missing. He was very motivated to be successful, and I think we as a unit the way we played the game and allowed him to be successful.Chris Bosh, via J.J.Redick Podcast
The system in which LeBron played with the Heat was much different than the one in Cleveland or now with the Lakers. Playing alongside Wade and Bosh enabled LeBron to move off the ball, which helped him to be more efficient and dangerous for the opposing teams. According to Bosh, that was the winning recipe behind their championships but watching what LeBron is doing now is even more impressive because he is no longer in his prime years.
I think he was able to play off the ball a lot, and once he went to Cleveland, he had the ball in his hands more, and he was asked to do more. It’s still the case in LA, and I don’t know how he keeps up with it.Chris Bosh, via J.J.Redick Podcast
LeBron had several impressive seasons in his NBA career, but and if you merely look at the stats from his second season with the Heat, it’s not that dominant as you might initially think. He averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game, shooting 53 percent from the field. However, his impact on the way the team was playing was unmeasurable since they finally came together, playing as a team and won a championship.