Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thibodeau Defends Asik From Bosh's Comments

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau defended Omer Asik after the backup center was criticized by Chris Bosh.

The Heat forward blamed his ankle injury on Asik.

Chasing after a loose ball in the third quarter, Asik dove on the floor and rolled over Bosh's ankle.

"C'mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen," Bosh said after the game. "You've got to watch people's legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job.

"We all want to be healthy and that is very important," he said. "If it is by somebody's leg, don't dive for the ball, it's too close."

Thibodeau didn't agree with Bosh's comments.

"I didn't see it that way," the coach said.

"I saw it as a great hustle play. Omer's not that type of guy. He's not going to ever try to take somebody out. He plays hard, he plays clean. He wants to win. Sometimes people say things [in the] heat of the moment after a game so ... And Chris is a tough player. Actually, he hit the floor in the first half in a similar play with Derrick, so I didn't see it that way."

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