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January 02, 2008

Chris Bosh: really wants to be an All Star.

posted by Mr Bismarck to basketball at 09:47 AM - 19 comments

Awesome. Thanks.

posted by yerfatma at 10:14 AM on January 02

Are you more or less likely to vote for him as a result? (Presuming people actually do vote for this sort of thing.)

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:17 AM on January 02

Seems an extremely desperate attempt to gather votes. His play on the court should have garnered him enough attention (given that it is All Star worthy) that he shouldn't have to resort to this type of solicitation. But, it was a rather funny approach.

posted by Mickster at 10:49 AM on January 02

Are you more or less likely to vote for him as a result? I don't/won't vote, but definitely more likely. We need more personalities in sports.

posted by holden at 10:49 AM on January 02

With holden. If I had a vote, I'd go with Bosh, assuming he doesn't conflict with KG. And that's not just homerism; Garnett has been amazing this year.

posted by yerfatma at 10:57 AM on January 02

Cute little idea, but it speaks to the reason I don't vote in any All-Star balloting. It's all a popularity contest and anyone, like Bosh in this instance, can get huge impact on the vote by doing a plug like this when it would be nice if great play on the court, period, would determine who gets the nods. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing it completely, because anything done to drum up interest in the sport is good, and if this is what fans want, then more power to Bosh and those who follow.

posted by dyams at 11:12 AM on January 02

The poor guy plays in the tundra; no one ever gets to see him... and he's dope. He's averaging almost 20 and 10.

posted by everett at 11:25 AM on January 02

I get to see him - and he was voted a starter last year, so it stands to reason that playing in the tundra didn't hurt his marketability too much (nor Vince, either for the record). However, you can't pick him over Garnett. That's ludicrous - and I love me some Bosh. He's been a little busted up, and has lower rebounding, scoring and FG% than last year. I hope he makes it coming off the bench. That seems fair.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:05 PM on January 02

I'm not sure this was more than a little bit of fun for Bosh; after all, no publicist in their right mind would let him do comedy like that.

posted by dfleming at 08:18 PM on January 02

He deserves a vote just for his creativity alone, nevermind his awesome play. I was not going to vote for the NBA All-Stars this year, but now I will go and vote just because I want to cast one for Mr. Bosh. The NBA needs more guys like Chris Bosh.

posted by BCHockey at 09:37 AM on January 03

All-Star Games have always been, especially the fan voting parts, popularity contests. Only reason Yao Ming gets as many votes as he does is because half of China is voting for it. So things like this, clever little things that he obviously had fun making, are more than welcome. Save the debates for who's numbers are better and who's contributed more for the end of the season when the games actually matter.

posted by mkn at 03:42 PM on January 03

Im not sure that Bosh could do anything to better his chances of making the team. His play speaks for itself this year, and I feel the video was made as more of a joke rather than a serious attempt to get votes. I don't feel the video would skew the results enough to truly make a difference, especially since he insulted many voters by his butchered cowboy accent. Anyway, good luck to him.

posted by Kendall at 04:58 PM on January 03

I'm not insulted by that accent and I think hardly anyone else will be either.

posted by aerotive at 06:14 PM on January 03

If I were a southerner, I would be insulted by a guy trying to be some cowboy. I realize he's from Texas, yes, but at times his tone seems more insulting than comedic for some audiences. I am just pointing out that he could have lost some potential votes thru the whole accent thing. It was inconsistent and at times rude. (Like the whole Bubba thing with the teeth missing.) Your opinion may differ greatly from someone elses. However people take it, I find the skit quite funny- but it may not make such a huge difference in terms of making the team.

posted by Kendall at 07:58 PM on January 03

Cute little idea, but it speaks to the reason I don't vote in any All-Star balloting. It's all a popularity contest and anyone, like Bosh in this instance, can get huge impact on the vote by doing a plug like this when it would be nice if great play on the court, period, would determine who gets the nods. Considering that the All-Star game is mainly aimed towards the fans, what's the problem with this? I think that what Chris Bosh has done with this video was pretty ingenius but considering that Kevin Garnett and Lebron James will most likely be voted ahead of him, I'm not sure that this will help. Bosh was a starter last year since KG was still playing for Minnesota but as we all know by now, KG is a beast in the east. Chris Bosh has shown that there are pro athletes out there that still care enough about things like an All-Star game that they'll go out of their way to garner votes from the fans by speaking to the fans themselves. The NBA should truly look at this as a good thing and the fans should pay a little more attention to a great player in Bosh that many people just don't get a chance to see play.

posted by BornIcon at 07:30 AM on January 04

Chris Bosh has shown that there are pro athletes out there that still care enough about things like an All-Star game have such incredibly lucrative All-Star clauses in their contracts that they'll go out of their way to garner votes from the fans by speaking to the fans themselves. Fixed!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:37 AM on January 04

If you asked Bosh, he wouldn't think he should be there ahead of LeBron or KG either (particularly since Garnett has eaten him alive in every matchup this season). This video was just another step in the process of a young, shy kid gradually emerging from his shell (as 23-year-olds do) and coming to terms with his celebrity and stardom in the self-deprecating fashion that endeared fans to him in the first place.

posted by smithers at 11:40 AM on January 04

It was cute. Also so obvious that it was filmed in a Markham backyard.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:01 AM on January 06

Agreed that this was cute, and if it sways a few people, whoopee, more to the good. I understand the whole incentive-clause money thing, but really, I would never stand in the way of anyone choosing to be a goofball in public for any reason.

posted by chicobangs at 10:09 AM on January 07

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