The Houston Rockets made a big run at power forward Chris Bosh last off-season and were prepared to offer him a lofty contract to join superstars Dwight Howard and James Harden at their franchise.
Bosh turned down the tabled offer by Houston and chose to re-sign with the Miami Heat in an attempt to challenge once again for an NBA Championship in South Beach, despite the departure of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It would have been quite easy for Bosh to jump-ship with the outgoing James and head to the Rockets in order to become a large cog in a greater machine, but he chose to stay and the 30-year-old has now revealed the real reason why.
Pressure, that ingredient to sport which can seemingly make or break a player, it was the central reason as to why Bosh chose to snub the Houston franchise in favour of returning to the Heat, Bosh told CBSSports.com:
"I could see where people would think that's an attractive site, They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could've been out there. But you know, that doesn't guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure."
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Top option once more
The reason that is often cited for Bosh's neglect of Rockets' interest was the chance to be a number one option again, and to be paid like one.
He was rewarded with a massive five-year deal worth $118million, solidifying his label as the superstar in Miami and the go-to-guy ahead of the ageing champion Dwyane Wade.
Bosh had to sacrifice an incredible amount whilst in the era of the big three in South Beach, described as the third-wheel for most of their championship runs, the power forward often spoke of the struggle with re-inventing himself as lesser piece in a contending team.
He even reached out to fellow big man and LeBron's new teammate in Cleveland Kevin Love, he announced that it wasn't going to be easy being second fiddle to James as the Cavaliers new man would find out.
Situation in Houston
That's what Bosh would've also walked back into in Houston.
It was speculated whether it could alienate teammates, but when Dwight Howard and James Harden exclaimed that they were the true superstars for the Rockets and the rest of the team were assets, they weren't lying.
Bosh's four year proposed deal with the Rockets would've set him as the third option once more in Houston, and the continued pressure that arise with the situation was too much for the 30-year-old to go back too.
The burden with the young Rockets squad, attempting to create a contender, it would have wore on him:
"It's incredibly difficult to win a championship, I know that, and I know it's a whole process."
Bosh re-signed with the Heat and despite a shooting slump will likely return to his dominant scoring output, much like his days with the Toronto Raptors, and after all he stayed in Miami for the most important reason of all, to win more championships.
As his agent Henry Thomas explains:
"Bottom line, he enjoyed his four years in Miami and believes they can still compete for championships,"