Chris Bosh spent four years as LeBron James teammate as the duo linked up with fellow star Dwyane Wade at the Miami Heat to form the fearsome 'big three'.
Between 2010 and 2014 success was never far away for the Heat as a result but whilst the Big Three were all a legitimate threat, LeBron James was always the main man on the court. Always the man with the most touches, and always the man who would receive the ball from his teammates when it really mattered.
Now that LeBron has left for pastures new at the Cleveland Cavaliers, that fact is not lost on Chris Bosh. Ahead of the Heat-Cavs match up this Saturday the perennial All-Star has warned James' new star teammate Kevin Love that playing with the face of the NBA can be a frustrating experience at times.
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Taking a back seat
"It's a lot more difficult taking a step back, because you're used to doing something a certain way and getting looks a certain way...And then it's like, well, no, for the benefit of the team, you have to get it here," explained Bosh.
Bosh of course was a legitimate franchise star when playing for the Toronto Raptors prior to his Miami move, and while swapping that for a more limited role in the Heat offense brought him two NBA titles it also required some big changes.
"With me, it was like a chess game. I'm doing this move and thinking about the next move and trying to stay five moves ahead. You're not getting it as much."
And the 30-year-old believes Kevin Love may suffer from the same drop in emphasis following his offseason switch from Minnesota to Cleveland.
"It's going to be very difficult for him.
"Even if I was in the corner and I was able to tell him what to expect and what to do, it still doesn't make any difference. You still have to go through things, you still have to figure out things on your own.
"It's extremely difficult and extremely frustrating. He's going to have to deal with that."
Cavs conundrum and Heat rebuilt
What role Kevin Love plays in the 'new big three' in Cleveland will be up to coach David Blatt not Bosh of course, but Love has already stated that he is prepared to see less of the ball for the good of the team.
Saturday's match up in Brazil will at least give us a good opportunity to see just how that will play out on the court.
And while Bosh and Heat fans may not be able to avoid some jealous glances towards LeBron and the Cavs, the 2014-15 NBA season may at least give Bosh a little more time in the limelight.
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