Teams shower their love on Chris Bosh — and don't be afraid to picture him as a Rocket


Thumbnail image for cbosh_dunk.jpgChris Bosh may be the key to the whole free agent summer — wherever he lands, he is going to be paired with another star. And that team is going to be instantly a contender. A lot of guys are going to change jerseys this summer, but he is the one who will bring winning with him.

And when the floodgates opened at the stroke of midnight Thursday, Bosh got a lot of love. He tweeted about it:

It’s been an exciting first couple of hrs. Got some interesting visits and presentations from Houston, Toronto, Chicago and Miami. We’ll see who else will come out tomorrow.

Look at that list. He is not going back to Toronto, but if he lands at any of the other three, they instantly become contenders.

Don’t count out Houston. First, picture him along the front line with Yao Ming, with that Aaron Brooks/Kevin Martin backcourt. That would instantly be the team in the West that is the biggest threat to the Lakers.

That’s the pitch (as Chad Ford laid out at TrueHoop). If Bosh goes to Miami with Wade, how good is the supporting cast. Same anywhere he goes with LeBron (although Chicago could be the exception). If he is serious about winning, Houston has the talent and the deep roster to do it now.

The other part of getting Bosh is it has to be a sign-and-trade with Toronto — and the Rockets have the pieces to make that work. Ford suggested Jordan Hill, Aaron Brooks and the expiring contracts of Jared Jeffries and David Andersen for Bosh. (It would be ironic if the Knicks lost out on Bosh because the Rockets could trade Jordan Hill for him.) Another possibility is Luis Scola and another player heading north. Either way, the Rockets have the assets to make that trade work better than any other team.

But Bosh has said he is waiting for LeBron before any deals are made. So the Rockets and everyone else waits.

Stan Van Gundy rips ‘selfish’ Pistons

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The Pistons had just 19 assists – to 22 turnovers – in their 93-83 loss to the Nets last night.

Stan Van Gundy was none too pleased.

On offensive problems:

I told them in there – that was the first thing – we’re not playing together at all. I thought it was a very selfish performance, and guys wouldn’t just pass the ball to open men. They wanted to see if they could take one more dribble to get their own shot, so the passing angles were gone. I just thought we forced play after play after play. We’re not willing to move the ball

On Reggie Jackson, who scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with six assists and six turnovers, and was coming off Achilles soreness:

He was not good at all. He was forcing everything.

On injuries to point guards – Jackson, Brandon Jennings and Steve Blake – hindering the team’s flow in practice and that carrying over to the game:

We could probably make a lot of excuses for our guys, but we were selfish.

Van Gundy is clearly trying to send a message, and the preseason is the best time to do it.

But it’s somewhat troubling he had to do it after this game.

Eight of the 10 Pistons who played against Brooklyn project to make the regular-season rotation. Joel Anthony played over Aron Baynes, and once healthy, Blake could challenge Spencer Dinwiddie to become back up point guard – at least until Jennings is ready. Otherwise, Detroit – with Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova, Andre Drummond, Jodie Meeks, Stanley Johnson and Anthony Tolliver – looked similar to its opening-night lineup.

Van Gundy is blunt, but he doesn’t tell the media things he hasn’t already directly told his players. They appreciate that.

He’d appreciate them getting this message.

Report: Dwight Howard didn’t have offseason surgery

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Dwight Howard said he played with a torn MCL and meniscus in the Western Conference finals – pretty shocking news that few knew what to make of.

So, um, did he have offseason surgery?

Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

Howard obviously feels great about his health now, so maybe this was the right course.

We’ll never how Howard would have performed if fully healthy, but he averaged 14.4 points and 14.4 rebounds in 35.1 minutes per game against the Warriors during the conference finals. How bad could the injuries have been?