Chris Andersen Coined The Phrase “Bird Box”

Chris Andersen coined a phrase Monday that will go down in Heat lore if it wins another championship.

While describing his role on the team and deflecting praise for his current run of offensive perfection, Andersen referred to the area on the baseline where he stands during half-court sets as the “bird box.”

From the “bird box,” Andersen has created an efficient secondary offensive option for the Heat’s slashing attackers.

Andersen, whose nickname is “Birdman,” is 16 of 16 from the field dating back to the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“I just do what I do, man,” Andersen said. “I don’t really think about how many shots I’ve made in a row or how good I am. I just continue to do what I do, and that’s come off the bench and bring defense and energy, run the floor, get to my spots.

“If LeBron calls me up, I’ll come up. If not, I’ll stay in the bird box.”

Andersen, who is 13 of 13 from the field in the Eastern Conference finals, was 4 of 4 from the field in Game 3 to go along with nine rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes of action. Coach Erik Spoelstra emphasized on Monday after his team’s practice that the Heat never runs plays designed specifically for Andersen and that his points have come exclusively in the flow of the team’s offense.

Source: Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald