MIAMI, FL — Game 4 of the NBA Finals, contested between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, was abruptly interrupted early in the third quarter to accommodate a montage of the life of Heat forward Chris Bosh.
As Bosh received a pass and turned to shoot from just inside the 3-point arc, time appeared to stop and ABC’s broadcast of the game was replaced with footage of a young Bosh, dribbling a basketball in a neighborhood playground. After the young Bosh was apparently pushed to the ground by a local bully, an elderly man helped him up and promised to teach him basketball. The montage then showed Bosh practicing free throws and jump shots under the guidance of the elderly man, as well as running and lifting free weights.
“It was definitely odd,” said Miami Heat forward LeBron James. “It reminded me of that one episode of Kuroko’s Basketball. Or that one episode of Slam Dunk. Or that one episode of Prince of Tennis. Or that one episode of Tomorrow’s Joe. Or–”
The 19,600 fans inside American Airlines Arena sat in confused silence as they watched highlights of Bosh’s dominant high school basketball career set to Joe Esposito’s “You’re the Best Around”.
The flashback paused for a poignant, emotional moment when Bosh learned his beloved coach passed away on the same day he received his scholarship offer to Georgia Tech University. His college career started off roughly, without the guidance of his wise coach or attention from his senpai. Upon realizing that his strength comes from within and his memories of his coach will always be with him, Bosh averaged 15.6 points per game, leading the ACC in field goal percentage, and was drafted into the NBA.
The flashback concluded abruptly and Bosh’s shot went in to put the Heat up 53-49.
The game ended after Spurs guard Manu Ginobli tied the game with 11 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. Game 4 is expected to finish next week.
“All that for a flashback episode,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after the game. “I can’t wait to see what happens next week. I just hope it’s not a hot springs episode.”
The NBA Finals arc will conclude in early September.