Posted September 10, 2012

Chris Bosh adding bulk to play center for Heat, according to report

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Chris Bosh is adding muscle to play a more permanent center position for the Heat. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)

Fresh off his team’s championship-winning season, the Heat’s Chris Bosh is trying to add six pounds of muscle in order to play a more permanent center position for the Heat this season, The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported Sunday.

From Jackson’s report:

Chris Bosh is adding bulk (six pounds of lean muscle) to prepare for the rigors of playing a full season at center.

Bosh has become accustomed to playing the role of power forward on the Heat, but coach Erik Spoelstra played Bosh at center at times last season, including frequent occasions during the playoffs.

Miami has a glaring lack of depth at the center position. Jackson notes in his report that the team may try to sign former Knicks center Josh Harrelson. They tried to lure Marcus Camby to Miami this offseason, but he ended up signing with the Knicks.

The Heat have tried a wide array of options at the center position over the past two years — Joel Anthony, Jamaal Magloire, Eddy Curry, Dexter Pittman and Ronny Turiaf are just a few — but their lineup worked best in last season’s playoffs when Bosh manned the position.

Playing Bosh at center also allows Spoelstra to play LeBron James at the power forward position and insert either Shane Battier or the newly acquired Rashard Lewis into the small forward position.


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