Thibodeau Defends Asik

MEMPHIS – Coach Tom Thibodeau showed some uncharacteristic emotion when asked about Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh’s critical words for Omer Asik.

The incident in question occured in the Bulls Saturday night win over the Heat. Omer Asik dove to the court for the ball but Chris Bosh and Chris Bosh’s ankle were in the way. The incident led to Bosh having to leave the game leaving only Dwayne Wade as the sole member of the Big 3 on the court.

“You’ve got to watch people’s legs,” Bosh said Saturday. “I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job. We all want to be healthy and that is very important If it is by somebody’s leg, don’t dive for the ball, it’s too close.”

Thibodeau had words of his own when asked about Bosh’s statements.

“I didn’t see it that way,” Thibodeau said. “I saw it as a great hustle play. Omer is not that type of guy. He’s not going to ever try to take somebody out. He plays hard. He plays clean. He wants to win. Sometimes people say things heat of the moment after a game. Chris is a tough player. Actually, he hit the floor in the first half in a similar play with Derrick. I didn’t see it that way.”

It really just sounds like Bosh is upset at the fact the Heat lost on the road to Chicago. Bosh is a hard player but he has always sort of seemed like the third wheel to the Dwayne Wade and LeBron James dynamic duo. The spotlight was on him with James out and Bosh got his moment ruined by Asik, thus the whining rant.

What can be taken from this is the mighty and tough Miami Heat can be rattled by a player like Omer Asik. You interpret that your own way.

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