Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/29/12
In a world where professional athletes are constantly criticized for only caring about money, seeing a player cry after a painful loss isn’t the worst thing in the world. When Chris Bosh infamously fell to his knees and began to cry after the Heat lost to the Mavericks in the NBA Finals last year, the world immediately began mocking him. Bosh addressed those critics during a recent interview with ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh. “To people who made fun of it, I thought it was messed up,” Bosh said. “It meant that much to me. “What are your dreams? What do you want the most out of anything in this world? Dangle it in front of you, work hard as hell to get it, and then take it away. Gone.” We said it when it happened and we’ll say it again: There’s nothing wrong with a player becoming overwhelmed with emotion after a heart-breaking defeat. There are plenty of things to rag on Bosh and the Heat for — like flopping worse than soccer players — but this shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re not devastated after an NBA Finals loss, you weren’t working hard enough. People have different ways of expressing disappointment, and I’d rather see someone like Bosh crying than someone like this who appears to be unaffected by a crucial loss. Some players pretend to care. Bosh obviously genuinely cares, and for people to criticize him for that is senseless. H/T Ball Don’t Lie Photo credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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