NBA, Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 19, 2010 / 12:00 pm

The Mystery Behind Chris Bosh’s Entourage Cameo

If you missed it, this past Sunday night Chris Bosh had a cameo on HBO’s hit series Entourage. In the scene, Bosh and a girl are at a party that Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) throws for Tequila Avión (which is actually a real brand). Bosh is up at the bar and asks the bartender, “You guys have anything besides tequila?” When Turtle says no, Bosh replies, “My girl likes vodka, Turtle,” to which Turtle responds, “Trust me, an Avión margarita will change your life. Like playing for the Knicks would have.”

At first glance, this may seem like a throwaway comment from Turtle, who is known to be a die-hard Knicks fan. But when you realize that Bosh still has his dreads (which he shaved off on June 18th before committing to the Miami Heat on July 7th) it makes you wonder if he knew all along where he was signing this summer.

I know what you’re thinking: When was this scene filmed? Well, according to Bosh’s Twitter feed, he tweeted that he was “on set at Entourage” on June 8th. But with modern technology, couldn’t this scene have been filmed anytime before Sunday’s airdate? The answer is yes.

“Especially with HBO, where the production value is so high and with so many resources, there’s several ways they could manipulate a scene to fit the current course of events,” says a video producer for a major network who asked to remain anonymous for this story. “They could do anything from re-tracking it (voicing over) to re-shooting it using a stand-in for Bosh’s dreads and a green screen.

“The cheapest, easiest way to do it though would be to just shoot multiple takes.”

When you think about it, knowing that Bosh would have to make his decision after July 1st, director David Nutter probably just had him do two takes. One, where Turtle is elated that Bosh signed with his hometown Knicks, and the other (which we see) where he snubs them. It is possible though that Bosh told the episode’s writers Doug Ellin and Ally Musika that he definitely wasn’t headed to New York.

Interestingly enough, it was Ellin (the creator and executive producer of Entourage) and Ferrara who gave Bosh the idea to record his whole summer of free agency for a yet-to-be-named documentary. The day after talking to them, he was written into the episode.

“I’ve always been into film and art and creative things and I was talking to Doug, who’s a good buddy of mine, and Jerry, and he was like you should be documenting this stuff,” said Bosh in a story written by ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Arash Markazi on July 20th. “I was like, ‘You really think people would watch that,’ and he and Jerry were like, ‘Would we?! Yes! Everyone would watch it!’”

While attempts to reach HBO’s production department regarding how the scene was shot were unsuccessful, one thing is clear: Chris Bosh will give you 1000 bucks to get him some vodka.

What do you think?

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  • NYK

    1. is that chick really bosh’s girl in real life? if so, i feel bad for him.

    2. wouldn’t it be possible they filmed 2 separate scenes for this? one scene for if Bosh bolted to knicks and another if Bosh went elsewhere (since Turtle in this case is the knick fan). so it doesnt matter if his mind is made up or not. they would have scenes available regardless which way he went.

    3. would this scene apply even if he went to the knicks? they can just cut the word “have” in “would have” from turtle’s line and it would make sense?

  • NYK

    never mind my #2. i didn’t read the full writeup by clicking it.

  • Stunnaboy09

    Yeah, I think they probably filmed two scenes or Bosh told them he was definately not going ot the Knicks. Either way it works, and I REAAALLY hope that aint Boshs girl in RL, or else nigga got trade up.

  • K Dizzle

    Is there anybody left on the planet that still believes the Heat’s free agency coup wasn’t planned waaaaaaaaay in advance?
    That believe Bosh was actually ever gonna go to Cleveland?
    Or that believe that DWade was ever gonna go to Chicago?

    It’ll all come out in a few months…

  • datdood

    thats just a re-shoot. turtle is the only one in the shot when he says that line. they didn’t need bosh to be there for that.

  • dapro

    CHicago was a legit threat to land someone from the Miami trio, possibly two

    Entourage is the best show on tv, love it

  • control

    Everytime I see a basketball player appear on Entourage, I’m shocked at how tiny the Entourage cast is. I guess that applies to almost any set of actors that appear in the movies/tv…what is the average actor height, like 5’9?

  • Stiffs

    After watching it here a 2nd time, it’s pretty clear that turtle’s “like playing for the knicks would have” was just a 2nd cut after the fact.

  • mechamat

    @NYK

    Classy move with your #1 comment. You must be blind (differently abled).

  • Mike Mihalow

    First of all, the first (and last) time I’ve ever seen more than 3 seconds of this horrible show.
    However, when he makes that line, you can see Bosh’s dreads hanging over the top left corner of the screen. Add more mystery.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    I love the debate!

  • thenatural

    i remember thinking the same thing when i saw this… the thing is, entourage is filmed through a single camera setup. this means each scene is shot through various takes and then edited to look like one fluid conversation – so when the shot changes to the close up of turtle, that shot was shot entirely separate from the rest of the scene.

  • SJ

    Definitely a reshoot. Good catch, though, Aron.

  • Big Island

    Molehill, meet mountain.

  • David

    In all honesty i’m sure Bosh, Wade, and Lebron knew they would be members of the Heat far in advanced. I remember when the Cavaliers where on Bosh’s Interested Team List, and then a week or two before “The Decision” he decides to take them off his list…NO SUPRISE lol. I’m pretty confident in the notion that Lebron contacted him, and said something along the lines of, “Im out of here, so don’t come and be all alone again.”

  • That’s What’s Up

    I’ll give you a thousand bucks if delete this story

  • sh!tfaced

    Bosh in Entourage… he just solidified his douche status…

  • AirKaris

    when turtle says “like playing for the knicks would have” a blond passes him in the background, but she is nowhere just before the shot. thoughts?