In Chris Bosh's rankings, he's right at the top. But Bosh doesn't get to vote for himself. The Miami Heat center will find out Thursday night if he'll be named to his eighth consecutive NBA All-Star Game. Or will he be watching the game on TV for the first time since 2005? "I have the ultimate confidence in myself,'' Bosh said after Wednesday night's 123-116 overtime win over Toronto when asked if he considers himself a no-brainer for the Eastern Conference squad. "That has never been an issue throughout my lifetime. I feel I'm one of the best players in the league. Whether it's debatable or not, I really don't care. It's about what I think and that's it.'' Bosh, who has been named as a reserve for all but one of his All-Star berths, is facing more competition than usual for a spot. There are plenty of candidates after frontcourt players LeBron James of Miami, Carmelo Anthony of New York and Kevin Garnett of Boston were named starters last week. In determining reserves for the Feb. 17 game in Houston, East coaches voted for three frontcourt players, two guards and two players at any position. So in a conference that isn't that deep at guard, as many as five frontcourt players could be selected. Bosh's competition includes Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng of Chicago, Paul Pierce of Boston, Tyson Chandler of New York, Brook Lopez of Brooklyn, Josh Smith of Atlanta and Paul George and David West of Indiana. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who couldn't vote for any of his own players, is undeterred "I think it will happen," Spoelstra said of Bosh again being named an All-Star. "I really do. I think everybody around the league recognizes his talent. That's why he's been a multi-year All-Star." Bosh, who averaged career highs of 23.9 points and 10.8 rebounds with Toronto in 2009-10 before joining the Heat, doesn't have the gaudy stats he once did. Bosh is averaging 17.3 points, on pace to be the lowest since his rookie season of 2003-04, and 7.2 rebounds, in line to be a career low.
Bosh's All-Star chances uncertain this season
Fox Sports Florida | Jan 24