Bosh shows off big hook in paint

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

Chris Bosh might as well be known as Captain Hook.

One of the byproducts of Bosh's decision to beef up in the off-season can be seen in the paint.

Up until this season, he has been known more for his face-up game, his ability to take defenders off the dribble from the top of the circle and attack the rim or pull up.

He is now bigger an, by expanding his body, Bosh now has the chance to expand his offence.

When he made his pre-season debut on Friday, Bosh went 4-for-8 from the field, including a hitherto unseen hook shot.

By his own admission, it wasn't exactly a vintage Kareem hook, but Bosh's ability to make the shot gives defenders another weapon they must now contend and defend.

"I'm just able to get in the post, establish positioning on duck-ins, and just use my size to my advantage,'' Bosh said.

Among his nine points against the Timberwolves was a jumper he made from beyond the three-point arc.

"A lot of people have seen me in the past knocking down perimeter shots,'' Bosh said.

"I'm going to be down low more and I'm going to get dirty in the paint."

Bosh's physical side hasn't been revealed too often in the past.

Bluntly put, he wasn't big enough to bang in the post.

And though he still isn't quite up to the task of banging with the likes of Shaq, Bosh has definitely added some muscle to his frame and he's prepared not be outmuscled.

Friday marked Bosh's pre-season debut after sitting out the opening two games to nurse a minor hamstring strain.

He practised yesterday and will start today against the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre.

"I feel stupendous,'' Bosh said. "I have just got to get my wind back."


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