Former NBA players Chris Bosh made a guest appearance on the Club Shay Shay podcast, where he talked about multiple things from his basketball career. He reflected on the loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, when the Miami Heat surprisingly lost the series even though they were considered favorites to win it all that year. According to Bosh, it was one of the most embarrassing moments of everyone’s careers on the Heat, and the overall negativity immediately took over after the series ended.
The offseason was long because it was the lockout year, so not only did we lose, but we were like damn, are we going to get another chance even to redeem ourselves. It was embarrassing, and it was hard. We were shameful; I mean, every negative emotion was there.Chris Bosh, via Club Shay Shay
After they formed a big three that consisted of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, the sky was the limit for the Heat, and it was thought they would win a championship in their first season playing together. Of course, that didn’t happen, and Mavs proved they were a better and, in general, a more organized and structured team. On top of that, Dirk had a playoff series of a lifetime and was pretty much unstoppable all series long.
Bosh said that he and other teammates learned a lot from that series, which helped them prepare for next season in which they had to win. They just weren’t mentally ready to face a team with several experienced players who were also coached well by Rick Carlisle.
We just weren’t ready. They were better than us. We didn’t psychologically play well. Our offense was stagnant. LeBron didn’t play well. I didn’t play well, and nobody played well. The coaching staff and even the popcorn man didn’t perform. One thing I learned from that is that you have to gain experience as a team and an individual. Unfortunately, sometimes that requires pain, and we understood as soon as we lost how important it is to pay attention to small details and to play with that pain.Chris Bosh, via Club Shay Shay
Even though Bosh says the Heat as a team wasn’t ready to make this type of a push in the finals, he gives the Mavs all the credit because they were always one step ahead of them in the series.
You have to give the Mavs credit. They were very steady and picked us apart, and they were always a step ahead in what we are doing. We were always catching up to them, and they seized the moment. Gotta give them credit, they played well, and we did not.Chris Bosh, via Club Shay Shay
After winning the first game, the Heat were leading by 15 points in the fourth quarter in game two, but the Mavs delivered one of the greatest comebacks in recent NBA finals history. Dirk took it upon himself and turned the series completely around in Mavs favor and eventually won the first championship in Mavs history. At the same time, that win diminished the overall perspective people have of that Heat squad that ultimately won 2 titles during their reign in Miami.