Posted June 19, 2013

Chris Bosh to Heat fans who left early: ‘Don’t come to Game 7′

2013 NBA Finals, American Airlines Arena, Ben Golliver, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs

MIAMI — Sorry, Heat fans. Chris Bosh is unwilling to forgive your lack of faith.

In the closing minutes of regulation of Game 6 on Tuesday, a significant portion of the home crowd left American Airlines Arena early, missing the Heat’s dramatic 103-100 overtime comeback.

Bosh chastised the fans who headed for the exits during a media session on Wednesday.

“For all those guys [fans] who left, make sure they don’t come to Game 7,” he said. “We only want the guys who want to stay. … You never give up. People gave up on us. They can stay where they are and watch the game at home.”

A portion of those who left attempted to get back into the building, but were denied access by security officials, who enforced the arena’s no reentry policy.

“You can’t get let back in after you leave,” Bosh said. “I know that. Hell, I’ve been to games. You can’t leave a game and then come back. It doesn’t make any sense. You left. It’s not punishment, that’s protocol.”

Miami made up a five-point deficit in the last 28 seconds of regulation thanks to three-pointers from LeBron James and Ray Allen. Afterward, James called Game 6 “by far the best game” that he has ever been a part of during his 10-year career.

The Heat and Spurs, deadlocked at three games apiece, will play the decisive Game 7 on Thursday. The Finals has gone to seven games in only two of the previous 18 years: 2010 (Lakers and Celtics) and 2005 (Spurs and Pistons).

Bosh, an eight-time All-Star, is seeking his second title. He finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds in Game 6 and made a number of crucial defensive plays down the stretch.

During the Eastern Conference finals, Pacers radio broadcaster Mark Boyle took some shots at Heat fans who left early during Indiana’s Game 2 victory.

“We are literally sitting in the crowd here,” Boyle said, in an audio file of the broadcast posted on Miami sports site PageQSports.com. “These losers are leaving. They are flocking to the exits with their team down by three. This city does not only not deserve this team, they don’t deserve any team.”

Video via YouTube user John Feitelberg

80 comments
MichaelCraigBrownlee
MichaelCraigBrownlee

Hey Bosh for someone who hasn't shown up all series be thankful the ref's left too Ohterwise they would have called that last mugging you did on Green

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Many Miami fans wish Bosh would stay home for game 7!

jagrun32
jagrun32

Before people get crazy less than 1% (0.51) of fans left the arena - if you saw the game on tv or where still in the building the stadium was packed.  Lets go Heat

Calgetty
Calgetty

You're in game 7 of the championship final. What are you doing looking around seeing what the fans are doing? I think there is something of more importance to focus on. Typical NBA or NFL attitude: "All eyes on me". Or how these mental midgets would put it: "ALL EYEZS ON ME!!!". Dumbasses.


iAmDylanInAZ
iAmDylanInAZ

I'm glad Bosh is taking a stand against the sheep. I wouldn't want my Heat name tout around just to boost your ego

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Bosh can stick it! Fans are paying premium ticket prices to help pay his salary and they can leave whenever they choose!

Just another reason for anybody and everybody to cheer for anybody playing against the Heat!

Go Spurs!

Yo Bosh.....Zip it!

PhillipJacobs
PhillipJacobs

Miami  is  a  AWFUL  sports  town  anyway..............They  have  a  hard  time  selling  out  Dolphin  games , Marlin  games  forget  it  attendance  is  a  joke  and  Heat  didnt  draw  the  fans  before  Lebron  and  Shaq.....when  they  are  a  average  team  the  place  is  empty.....Not  a  sports  town....Just  like  Atlanta.....

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

These fans exist in most places and are casual fans at best, that like to say they were there for the wins and complain about the losses.  They come late and leave early.   They want to beat the traffic, leaving before the game is settled.

Rob16
Rob16

Bosh is a horribly overrated player, but he is right.  The Pacers announcer was even more spot on...they totally don't deserve their team.  

joelwexler
joelwexler

Bosh checks out for big chunks games, why not their fans, too?

e.blanton
e.blanton

Way to alienate your fans Bosh.

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

Would be better if Bosh stayed home. For the Heat that is

j7apple
j7apple

Stupid is as stupid does

Hotbite
Hotbite

Kind of ironic...the fans show up for the first 46 minutes, leave for the last few. Bosh doesn't show up for the first 46 minutes, does show up for the last few.


MikelArtist
MikelArtist

fans have the right finish the game or not... they are the one who pay for the ticket .. not bosh... 

STPD BOSH...

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Certainly the fans have a right to leave. But I'm with Bosh in telling them to kiss off. I mean, I understand where he's coming from. 'F' em, is just what I'd say.  And the video of the 'early retirees' looking through the doors like kids looking through a toy store window at Christmas made me laugh. 

Support your team or *** off. 

BradGardiner
BradGardiner

who cares what kind of fans Miami has, they bought their tickets and they can leave if they want to. Bosh should keep his mouth shut instead of ripping into the people that help to pay his wages. I can't wait to hear what Bosh has to say about fans when he gets booed by those sane fans. If he doesn't like it he doesn't have to play in the NBA, retire from basketball and get a different job. This is just anohter case of a spoiled athlete who does not get it. And it is not all his fault, it is also the fault of fans who pay way too much money to go to games and idolize the athletes instead of treating them like normal people. Appreciate what you have Bosh and stop complaining.....fans can leave whenever they want. They bought the ticket


Braktooth
Braktooth

@MichaelCraigBrownlee You mean the way they didn't call the muggery Splitter was doing on Allen that got Green open in the first place?

yb
yb

@Calgetty nonsense.  the fans support and energy motivates the team to win.  if the fans start leaving, the energy they provide leaves too.  

the goal is to win, and the fans leaving would help them lose.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@iAmDylanInAZ Fans in Toronto supported Bosh even though he 'left the building early"... Shut up and play, you overrated 'Ru-Paul of Big Men'...

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@joelwexlerFans in Toronto supported Bosh even though he 'left the building early"... Shut up and play, you overrated 'Ru-Paul of Big Men'...

paulbark
paulbark

@e.blanton I think you've got it backwards.  The fans alienated Bosh and his teammates.

paulbark
paulbark

@Hotbite Bosh showed up when it counted.  The fans left when it counted.

Kyle Spillman
Kyle Spillman

@MikelArtist i dont think thats the point of the argument, loyalty doesnt have a price tag on it, but bandwagon fans think so 

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Rickapolis You don't get to dictate how people feel. I guess that's why they'll keep leaving games when they want to, and you'll shut up and like it. No one cares that you're with "the Ru-Paul of Big Men"...

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@BradGardiner Bosh is along for the ride, so he should shut up and enjoy it. Because if they lose, some chump team is going to land him in the trade that dismantles this poor man's "dream team". He's a weak link that makes too much money.

paulbark
paulbark

@BradGardiner I doubt Bosh gets booed by fans.  The only ones who would boo him are those that left early  And, the other fans would boo those unfaithful fans, too!!  Expect Bosh to get cheers.

Painter02
Painter02

@BradGardiner Are you saying that fans bought their tickets and can leave when they want to?

Painter02
Painter02

@BradGardiner So are you saying that fans bought their tickets and can leave when they want?

6marK6
6marK6

@BradGardiner Yeah, genius, but if I go to the game with three friends and then I tell them to give me their ticket stubs and I go back outside, I could bring two more friends in on those stubs and keep bringing two more in. So, educate yourself before you speak!

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@yb @CalgettyFans in Toronto supported Bosh even though he 'left the building early"... Shut up and play, you overrated 'Ru-Paul of Big Men'...

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@yb @Calgetty I get it. So it was actually the fan's fault anyway for not supporting them enough to be leading with 28 seconds to go...

e.blanton
e.blanton

@paulbark @e.blanton Chris Bosh has been disappearing early from Miami games for 3 seasons... I think the fans should trash him.

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

He blocked a prayer of a 3 pointer which had zero chance of going in. are you telling me thats what the heat brought bosh in for? To be miami mutumbo. The guy produced next to nothing for 2 playoff games.

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

I am a fan of him ,bosh taking my advice and not showing up for game 7. Are you a fan of his zero points?

Glenn10
Glenn10

@Painter02

Did these fans paid their ticket for a Prison sentence and not an NBA Game and they can't leave even they want to?

BradGardiner
BradGardiner

When did I say anything about coming back in? I said fans have a right to boo or leave the game whenever they want to. The heat's policy of no coming back in has nothing to do with my point. I said nothing about coming back in, only leaving genius.

paulbark
paulbark

@e.blanton @paulbark After his excellent defensive play in Game 7, that's not going to happen.  Bosh stopped SA fast break opportunities, played great off-ball defense, keeping Duncan away from the low post.  But, people who don't really understand basketball think the only important thing is points scored.  So, you probably think he had a really bad Game 7, when the fact is, he played an important role in the Heat winning.  You need to become a student of the game.

paulbark
paulbark

@HOFPufnstuf Anyone who knows basketball knows that there are many components of the game other than scoring.  Bosh played spectacular defense.

Do you remember the play where he chases down Parker on a fast break and blocks his shot?  How about all the times Bosh was back on defense, slowing down SA and preventing fast break opportunities?  Bosh's off-ball defense in the post was also great. He fought to stay in front of Duncan and consistently pushed him away from the low post.

And talk about clutch play!  Down four with 27.9 seconds remaining, Ginobili inbounds the ball to Duncan and streaks to the rim. James falls behind the play but Bosh recognizes where the play is going and shifts towards the baseline to stop the play.

But for you, all that matters are points scored.  The fact he played a key role, defensively, in helping the Heat win means nothing. You really don't know the game of basketball too well.  It's a team sport.  It's not all about how many points someone scores.  I'd rather have Bosh score 0 points and the Heat win, then his scoring 50 and the Heat lose.

DavidosaurusCawston
DavidosaurusCawston

@BradGardiner I think the real point is that those people who left are clearly not die-hard fans and because of their buying the tickets they are maybe denying those fans who really love the team, come rain or shine.
Personally I thought it was worse in game two when everyone started leaving at the start of the fourth when the team was up by 20. Why do you walk out on your team for winning really well???? If you are purely into drama, go to the cinema.