Chris Bosh did more than video-bomb Justise Winslow’s postgame interview with the Miami Heat’s Jason Jackson Saturday night.
Bosh and Winslow actually played together for half of Winslow’s rookie year before the two-time NBA champion suffered a second blood clot issue. Before the game in Mexico City against the Brooklyn Nets, the veteran gave the young player a pep talk. The following is an excerpt from a story by the Palm Beach Post’s Tom D’Angelo:
“He actually gave me a little pep talk,” Winslow said, before elaborating. “Just (about) the game, checking in, seeing how things were going. Just talking about how I feel, my role and that sort of thing. And just encouraging me to stay with it and keep putting in the work.”
Winslow scored 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from downtown. Winlow also contributed six rebounds and two blocks, the last one a rejection of a dunk attempt by 7-footer Tyler Zeller midway through the fourth quarter.
Now, Winslow won’t magically become a great shooter because he had a good shooting game Saturday night. But Winslow and Bosh both experienced criticism for a perceived failure to live up to expectations while playing for the Heat. The two situations are starkly different — people mocked Bosh as a legitimate third option on a championship team, while Winslow came into the NBA as a high pick without an NBA-ready jump-shot. Bosh is the best person to encourage Winslow to “stay with it.”
Hopefully Winslow continues to play well after this pep talk. The Heat face the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night at 7 p.m.