Friday, May 4, 2012

After Son's Birth, Chris Bosh Plays to Impress

After Son's Birth, Chris Bosh Plays to Impress

After Son's Birth, Chris Bosh Plays to Impress, Heat forward Chris Bosh stepped onto the court at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night with one thought in his head."I've got to impress my son, the first game he watches," Bosh said.Someday, the kid is going to love this story.On the same day his wife gave birth to a son they named Jackson, the All-Star had nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds in Miami's 87-70 victory over the New York Knicks to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series. Bosh arrived at the arena at 6:31 p.m., just 29 minutes before the scheduled tipoff, and didn't miss a moment.
"It's just an amazing thing," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said.


The whirlwind started Wednesday night, not long after Bosh tossed down his luggage and flipped on the television in his room at the team hotel. He was going to get some dinner with a friend when his wife, Adrienne, called with the word: Come home.

Dinner was canceled. Bosh got to the airport and onto a private jet that whisked him to Miami just in time for the birth. The particulars were unclear; Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the baby arrived at 3 a.m., Bosh said it was closer to 4 a.m., and the proud papa acknowledged he had no idea how long the baby was or what he weighed.

All irrelevant details. Bosh's wife and son were happy and healthy, and soon the plan was hatched to get him back to New York for Game 3.

"A tremendous effort to get here," Heat forward Udonis Haslem said. "Man, that's what it's about. Sacrifice. It'd been easy for him to stay home but he got here and he made it about the team and he helped us get this one tonight."

When his plane touched back down in the New York area around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Bosh had flown more than 3,600 miles in a span of about 24 hours. As he scurried into the locker room to get taped, dressed and ready, Bosh's teammates broke into a cheer.

"He's very excited," Spoelstra said before the game. "While he may not be fully rested, he has an incredible amount of excitement right now.""That's the easy part. That's my job," Bosh said. "That was the easiest part of the day, just to go out and play basketball. Once we got going, I kind of put it in my mind that I was just going to focus on the game."

Adrienne Bosh posted a photo of her husband boarding the Miami-bound charter jet to a social media account late Wednesday night with the caption of, "Thank God for private flights...Hurry home Baby."Everything seemed a blur after that.

Bosh didn't sleep on the ride south, then caught about four hours Thursday morning and two more on the plane bringing him back to New York. He said he returned with his wife's permission, and with doctors and nurses urging him to play as well.

"She said it was all right," Bosh said. "She said, 'We're healthy, we're fine, we have more than enough help.'"

Many of Bosh's teammates can relate to what he's going through, juggling family responsibility with the demands of the playoffs. Shane Battier's wife delivered a girl last season while Memphis -- Battier's former team -- was facing San Antonio in the postseason. Mike Miller's wife gave birth during last season's Heat playoff run, and LeBron James' now-fiancee Savannah Brinson delivered their second child during Cleveland's appearance in the 2007 Finals.

James and Wade said they expected Bosh would get back in time for the game.

"It can be physically draining because you don't get much sleep while you're going through that whole process," James said. "But as far as mentally draining, I think the best way to deal with it is make sure the family's OK, make sure his wife of course is OK, and this is a great way to get away from it, to come back here and play the game of basketball."

As he undressed at his locker after the game, Bosh was asked if he'd ever had a better day in his life. He didn't hesitate before answering.
Heat forward Chris Bosh stepped onto the court at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night with one thought in his head.
"I've got to impress my son, the first game he watches," Bosh said.
Someday, the kid is going to love this story.
On the same day his wife gave birth to a son they named Jackson, the All-Star had nine and 10 rebounds in Miami's 87-70 victory over the New York Knicks to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series. Bosh arrived at the arena at 6:31 p.m., just 29 minutes before the scheduled tipoff, and didn't miss a moment.
"It's just an amazing thing," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said.
The whirlwind started Wednesday night, not long after Bosh tossed down his luggage and flipped on the television in his room at the team hotel. He was going to get some dinner with a friend when his wife Adrienne called with the word: Come home.
Dinner was canceled. Bosh got to the airport and onto a private jet that whisked him to Miami just in time for the birth. The particulars were unclear; Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the baby arrived at 3 a.m., Bosh said it was closer to 4 a.m., and the proud papa acknowledged that he had no idea how long the baby was or what he weighed.
All irrelevant details. Bosh's wife and son were happy and healthy, and soon the plan was hatched to get him back to New York for Game 3.
"A tremendous effort to get here," Heat forward Udonis Haslem said. "Man, that's what it's about. Sacrifice. It'd been easy for him to stay home but he got here and he made it about the team and he helped us get this one tonight."
When his plane touched back down in the New York area around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Bosh had flown more than 3,600 miles in a span of about 24 hours. As he scurried into the locker room to get taped, dressed and ready, Bosh's teammates broke into a cheer.
"He's very excited," Spoelstra said before the game. "While he may not be fully rested, he has an incredible amount of excitement right now."
Bosh played 37 minutes, and his 10 rebounds were a team-high.
"That's the easy part. That's my job," Bosh said. "That was the easiest part of the day, just to go out and play basketball. Once we got going, I kind of put it in my mind that I was just going to focus on the game."
Adrienne Bosh posted a photo of her husband boarding the Miami-bound charter jet to a social media account late Wednesday night with the caption of, "Thank God for private flights...Hurry home Baby."
Everything seemed a blur after that.
Bosh didn't sleep on the ride south, then caught about four hours Thursday morning and two more on the plane bringing him back to New York. He said he returned with his wife's permission, and with doctors and nurses urging him to play as well.
"She said it was all right," Bosh said. "She said, 'We're healthy, we're fine, we have more than enough help.'"
Many of Bosh's teammates can relate to what he's going through, juggling family responsibility with the demands of the playoffs. Shane Battier's wife delivered a girl last season while Memphis — Battier's former team — was facing San Antonio in the postseason. Mike Miller's wife gave birth during last season's Heat playoff run, and LeBron James' now-fiancee Savannah Brinson delivered their second child during Cleveland's appearance in the 2007 finals.
James and Wade said they expected Bosh would get back in time for the game.
"It can be physically draining because you don't get much sleep while you're going through that whole process," James said. "But as far as mentally draining, I think the best way to deal with it is make sure the family's OK, make sure his wife of course is OK, and this is a great way to get away from it, to come back here and play the game of basketball."
As he undressed at his locker after the game, Bosh was asked if he'd ever had a better day in his life. He didn't hesitate before answering.
Basketball superstar LeBron James (pictured with baby mama, Savannah Brinson) received a warm welcome from crowds of fans as he arrived at the W Hotel in Miami just hours after announcing he will join Miami Heat. The former Cleveland Cavaliers player had jetted into the sunshine state, before being whisked away in a limousine to the plush South Beach hotel where he was expected to party over the weekend. Avid supporters cheered and chanted the sports hero’s name amid chaotic scenes and he was ushered into the hotel amid tight security. I guess he’s not attending Carmelo and LaLa’s overhyped wedding this weekend?Let’s talk about Savannah. Don’t you just LOVE her? By all rights, she should be draped with diamonds galore and layered in the latest Fendi or D&G. Instead, she looks like your average round the way girl!LeBron’s new teammate Dwyane Wade also arrived at the hotel just after LeBron made his announcement that he was joining the Heat. I’m kinda glad LeBron joined the Heat because this means the LA Cry Baby Leakers dynasty is finally over! Hopefully, Wade will stay healthy this season.
Chris Bosh walked into the Heat’s locker room less than an hour before Thursday’s game and received a standing ovation from his teammates.

Normally, a new father such as Bosh would pass out cigars to his buddies at moments like this. But there was no time for that at Madison Square Garden. Bosh’s teammates were happy for the arrival of his son but also happy for the arrival of their power forward in time for the game.

Bosh pulled on his uniform and hastily took the court for Game3 of the Heat’s first-round series against the Knicks. He had nine points and 10 rebounds in the Heat’s 87-70 victory.

“That was the easiest part of the day, just to go out and play basketball,” Bosh said after the game. “Once we got going, I kind of put it in my mind that I was just going to focus on the game and I knew they’d be watching at home. I’ve got to impress my son, the first game he watches. So I just focused on the game and [would] take care of everything else after.”

Less than 24 hours earlier, Bosh was in South Florida for the birth of his first son. It was a whirlwind tour for the Heat’s power forward, which started when the Heat’s chartered jet arrived in New York on Wednesday night.

Shortly thereafter, Bosh was on his way back to Miami after getting an unexpected call from his wife. Adrienne Bosh was in labor. Jackson Bosh was born around 3 a.m.

“We weren’t too surprised,” Heat teammate Dwyane Wade said. “We all knew there was a possibility that Little Bosh was coming any day. We’re happy for him, and it’s a blessing that he can bring his first son into this world.”

Bosh hopped on another private jet later Thursday and arrived in New York at rush hour. The Heat penciled Bosh into its starting lineup without him being there, but he made it to the arena just in time for the game.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he thought Bosh would stay in New York on Friday but some of Bosh’s teammates said before Thursday’s game that they wouldn’t be surprised if Bosh again took a plane back to Miami in between games to be with his family.

“It’s an exciting time for him,” Mike Miller said. “It’s going to be hectic but he’ll enjoy it.”

Miller can relate to Bosh’s emotional ride. Last season, Miller’s wife had a baby during the Eastern Conference finals. Making things more stressful for Miller, the birth came with complications. Miller’s daughter was born with holes in her heart.

“He’ll be running off of complete adrenaline and then he’s going to have to catch up on his sleep in the next few days,” Miller said.

Shane Battier, whose wife also had a baby daughter during last year’s playoffs, said he expects Bosh to be exhausted for the next few days. Battier’s child was born during a playoff game last season. He made the game-winning three-pointer against the Spurs to open the first round, and then went to Houston to be with his wife.

“The game focus is easy but the adrenaline rush is pretty amazing,” Battier said. “The first game back after Eloise was born, I was pretty exhausted.”

Battier joked that the timing of Jackson Bosh’s birth wasn’t perfect, “but, you know, Jackson is a guy who takes control of his own domain.”

LeBron James’ second son was born between Games 2 and 3 of the 2007 NBA Finals.

“I think the best way to deal with it is make sure the family is OK, make sure his wife of course is OK, and then this is a great way to get away from it,” James said. “To come back here and come play the game of basketball. To get away from the kid and get away from everything


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