Dime Debates: LaMarcus Aldridge Or Chris Bosh
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/01/2012 2:13 PM



    Two writers over at DIME Magazine each took a side in the argument and debated why each thought that one was better than the other. Sean Sweeney took Bosh while Freddy Lopez took Aldridge.

    The Case For Bosh:
     If you go by career numbers, Bosh averages more points (20 to 17.6), more rebounds (9.2 to 7.5), more dimes (2.1 to 1.7) and also shoots it at a higher percentage and blocks more shots. He’s done more individually and won more with less (At least in Toronto. He can’t complain now.).
     You might not like Bosh, but you have to respect his attitude. Who else would confront someone like Skip Bayless, and sit there and take the dude calling him out, calling him a woman on ESPN? In the playoffs last season, every time Bosh had a subpar night, he redeemed himself in the next game. After playing horribly in Game 3 in the semis against Boston, Bosh went for 20 and 12 the following game, hitting some of the biggest shots in the fourth quarter that basically killed the C’s season. After taking all of eight shots in Game 2 against Chicago, Bosh erupted for 34 points the following game (on 13-for-18 shooting). Miami might’ve blown the Finals, but while Dwyane Wade was surprisingly off and LeBron completely silent, Bosh came through with big shots down the stretch in nearly every game.
    The Case Against LaMarcus Aldridge:
     Everyone loves to make fun of Bosh and say he could never lead a team on his own. But honestly, what has Aldridge done? Even this year with one of the most talented teams in the NBA, LMA has Portland at 12-9, probably one of the largest disappointments in the whole league. His numbers (22.6 points, 8.8 rebounds a night) aren’t much better than Bosh’s, despite being No. 2 (behind Blake Griffin) among all power forwards in usage rate (25.3). The last time Bosh got the ball as often as Aldridge, he only averaged 24 and 11. Call me when LMA reaches those numbers.
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    The Case For Aldridge:
     Looking back at their recent matchups from last year, the stats clearly support such glowing comments. According to NBA.com’s StatsCube, Aldridge averaged 23.8 points, 18.2 field goal attempts, shot 54 percent from the field, 7.9 boards, and 3.7 dimes when Bosh was on the floor guarding him. The points, field goal attempts and dimes were all a 10 percent uptick from his season averages. By contrast, Bosh only managed to average 9.4 points, 12.2 field goal attempts, shoot 39 percent from the field, 4.2 boards, and zero dimes when Aldridge was on him. Furthermore, Aldridge murdered Bosh in their two meetings both in the paint and in the mid-range game by shooting 63 percent (5-8) to his goose egg (0-6) and 50 percent (8-16) to his 44 percent (7-16), respectively.
     Most noteworthy, though, about what separates and elevates Aldridge from Bosh is his quiet but confident swagger. C’mon son, even his acronym of a nickname in L.A. is rather appropriate. His game is smooth and laid-back cool like the City of Angels, while Bosh merely plays in a city that’s fun and sunny. They both have accepted their present realities in opposite fashion. L.A. has grown to embrace the go-to-guy role up in Rip City and Bosh is comfortable not being the primary factor in South Beach.
    The Case Against Bosh:
     As for Bosh, he informed The Miami Herald’s Israel Gutierrez that he doesn’t understand his role with the Heat, calling himself “the random guy.” He even admitted it’s hard for him to be aggressive all the time:

    “I can make three (shots) in a row, then if I miss two in a row I feel like I’m blowing it.”

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    I'm not going to bother asking this question to our fan base because I already know the answer would easily be the L-Train. But I bring this up because it is an outside opinion on our superstar player. In all reality, I think missing the All-Star gmae last year did a whole lot more for his national perception than actually making it.


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  1. stacksfan2005
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    Posted 02/01/2012 2:40 PM

    i have to say though im a bit dissapointed in aldridges defense this year, he seems to be afraid of foul calls at times because he knows the team relies on his offense. i understand to a point, especially on nights where the refs seem to be one sided (utah game comes to mind) but he's gotta challenge shots and not watch people lay it up. i dont watch bosh so i couldnt comment fairly.
  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 02/01/2012 3:14 PM

    When Bosh was drafted he was drafted to be the man for 5+ years this is truly the first season that LA the man and yeah we can talk about stats but, I think it come down to who has the biggest impact if LA can lead this team past the first round and beyond for years to come then you will see nationally people will favor LA but, if not then it will be pretty much a tie so until I see what LA can do in this role I won't pick.
    I am a fan of Respect, Loyalty, Honor & Pride the same thing the Blazer & their true fans are made of RIP CITY STAND UP!
  1. uprised
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    Posted 02/01/2012 10:37 PM

    I think Bosh vs. LMA is 6 of one or half-dozen of the other.  As this season progresses, I hope LMA will elevate his team leadership the same way he elevated his play last year.  I want to see him more vocal leading the team.  I love the way Camby gets fired up.  LMA should bring that fire too because it's infectious on a team.  LMA has the power to make everybody else around him rise to his level.  I don't watch a lot of Heat games, but from what I see Bosh is not going to be that kind of leader.  I think LMA's potential is unlimited right now.  This isn't a streak.  He really broke out late last season, and despite the long rest due to the lockout, and a whole new set of faces on the team, he's sustained his all-star level of play.  I don't think we've seen the best of LMA yet. 

    I'll take LMA every day of the week over Bosh.
    I am a fan of winning
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 02/02/2012 5:08 PM

    Now, which one of the Spice Girls is Bosh again???
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
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