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Chris Bosh says he is off blood thinners, ready for contact

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Chris Bosh is no longer on blood thinners as he ramps up for the new NBA season.

Bosh missed the second half of last season after being diagnosed with blood clots. He was put on blood thinners to combat the matter, and he says he is off of them now and cleared for full contact.

“I am released and ready for contact,” Bosh said Thursday via the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Bosh is no longer taking blood thinners because that would make him more susceptible to bruising and bleeding. He also says he thankfully does not have a hereditary gene that is tied to blood clots, so his risk of future issues seems diminished. However, his awareness over the matter is still heightened.

Bosh has been doing drills for two months but is just now introducing contact. He says he has bulked up to between 240-245 pounds, and he is prepared to lead the Heat in what will be the second of his big five-year contract as the team’s franchise player.

Chris Bosh dominates ‘Late Late Show’ staff in game of 1-on-30 (Video)

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Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh allowed opponents to shoot 55.3 percent at the rim against him last season. But based on his appearance on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Wednesday night, you’d think that number would be a lot closer to triple zeroes.

The two-time NBA champion challenged the entire show’s staff to a friendly game of 1-on-30 and proceeded to slaughter all of their hopes and dreams.

Not even fellow guest Jason Sudeikis nor Corden himself stood a snowball’s chance in hell against the 10-time All-Star.

Sure, Bosh may have temporarily suspended the goaltending clause in the basketball constitution. But since he was playing in sunglasses and jeans, while also presumably fielding personnel calls from Heat president Pat Riley, I would say it all evened out.

Looks like along with camera angles and joke-writing, Corden really needs to work on some post moves with his staff. Even that final barrage looked like it only netted maybe one basket.

As for Bosh, who looks to be fully healthy after a terrifying bout with blood clots in his lungs last season, he probably won’t have to play much “Late Late Show” defense for the Heat next year with Hassan Whiteside protecting the rim, leaving Bosh free to be the pick-and-roll defense dynamo that he is.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to work yourself back into playing shape by ruining the ambitions of a local late-night talk show crew.

H/T SB Nation

*Stats courtesy of NBA.com*

Chris Bosh undergoing testing, may have blood clot

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Chris Bosh is undergoing testing at a South Florida hospital to determine the source of his recent side and back pain. There is speculation that if a blood clot is the root of the problem, he could be out for the rest of the season.

Bosh vacationed in Haiti with teammate Dwyane Wade earlier in the week, but he checked himself into a hospital Thursday amid continuing pain.

“I just knew that he wasn’t feeling his best,” Wade said via the AP.

The good news is Bosh is in good spirits.

“He’s in great care and good spirits right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Bosh’s wife Adrienne sent a few tweets thanking people for their support.

Chris Bosh was worried about championship pressure with Rockets

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As soon as it became a legitimate possibility that LeBron James was leaving the Miami Heat, most believed that Chris Bosh was going to do the same and sign with the Houston Rockets. With LeBron returning to Cleveland, the Rockets had become a more championship-ready team than the Heat. For Bosh, that was the problem.

During a recent interview with Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, Bosh admitted that he was turned off by the amount of pressure he would have faced if he signed with the Rockets.

“I could see where people would think (Houston is) an attractive site,” he said. “They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could’ve been out there. But you know, that doesn’t guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure.”

Bosh has already won two championships in Miami. The expectations have been lowered now that LeBron is gone, and anything the Heat do from this point forward is basically a bonus. Plus, I can think of about 30 million reasons Bosh decided to stay in Miami.

“It’s incredibly difficult to win a championship,” Bosh added. “I know that, and I know it’s a whole process.”

Bosh’s family has settled in Miami over the past four years. He’s making a ton of money and has a chance to be more of a focal point in the Heat’s offense now without LeBron. That has already been evident, as he is averaging 19.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game through the early part of the season.

Without Bosh, the Rockets are still one of the better teams in the Western Conference and a definite championship contender. With him, they would have been expected to win it all. That type of championship pressure – and $30 million less — obviously wasn’t appealing to Bosh.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

Chris Bosh: Playing with LeBron James will be ‘extremely frustrating’ for Kevin Love

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Kevin Love was used to being the centerpiece of the offense with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The star forward averaged well over a double-double in three of his past four seasons, but those numbers are expected to drop this season when he plays alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Chris Bosh knows how Love is about to feel.

Bosh, who was also a double-double machine with the Toronto Raptors before heading to Miami, recently told Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report that not getting the ball as much — or having your “pick of the buffet” as Skolnick phrased it — can be extremely frustrating.

“You just get your entree and that’s it,” Bosh said. “It’s like, wait a minute, I need my appetizer and my dessert and my drink, what are you doing? And my bread basket. What is going on? I’m hungry! It’s a lot different. But if you can get through it, good things can happen. But it never gets easy. Even up until my last year of doing it, it never gets easier.”

Two championships and four NBA Finals appearances made it easier on Bosh, and the goal of winning a title should allow Love to remain focused even when he isn’t his team’s top scorer. Still, Bosh described playing with other superstars as a “psychological battle.”

“It’s going to be very difficult for (Love),” he said. “Even if I was in his corner and I was able to tell him what to expect and what to do, it still doesn’t make any difference. You still have to go through things, you still have to figure out things on your own. It’s extremely difficult and extremely frustrating. He’s going to have to deal with that.”

Two weeks ago, Love said he learned about unselfishness by watching players like Bosh in the NBA Playoffs.

“I’d be lying to myself and lying to everybody here if I was telling you I didn’t have to sacrifice,” Love said. “I think it’s going to have to be an effort throughout the entire team to do what’s best for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And we don’t know what that is really yet. But I’m going to do what’s best for this team to win, because at the end of the day that’s what we want, is to win.”

Touching the ball less is always going to be difficult when you’re used to being the focal point of an offense. But touching it less because the best player on the planet is touching it more is an ideal situation. Love shouldn’t have much problem accepting that.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Chris Bosh says he hasn’t spoken to LeBron James since LeBron left Heat

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Chris Bosh said on Tuesday that he has not spoken to LeBron James since LeBron decided to leave the Miami Heat and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. While he didn’t say he was upset with LeBron, Bosh delivered an emphatic “no” when asked if he has had contact with his former teammate.

“I’m in the mode where I’m trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here,” Bosh said, via ESPN.com. “If guys aren’t in this locker room, I don’t have much time for them — if any.”

When a reporter asked Bosh if he is looking forward to seeing LeBron on Saturday when the Heat take on the Cavs in Rio de Janeiro, the big man didn’t seem all that enthused.

“Yeah…I don’t know,” Bosh said.

Bosh went on to discuss how he is focused on his own teammates. He also said the media will hype up Saturday’s game but insists it is “another opportunity to get better” that will be good to get out of the way.

While it’s too early to tell if Bosh is going to give LeBron the same treatment Kevin Garnett gave Ray Allen when Allen left Boson for Miami, it doesn’t seem like Bosh is nearly as close with LeBron as Dwyane Wade is. Wade has spoken to LeBron several times since James decided to go back to Cleveland and has shown nothing but support for his former teammate. It sure seems like Bosh isn’t taking it as well, or so he is trying to make it seem.

Chris Bosh was shocked by LeBron James’ decision to leave Heat

Chris Bosh tongueIf you were shocked by LeBron James’ announcement that he is leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, you are not alone. Even LeBron’s ex-teammates were surprised.

Chris Bosh, who also opted out of his contract with the Heat following the season, has been abroad traveling with his family in recent weeks. Rather than the Heat’s Big Three working together to plan the team’s future, LeBron had been working independently of Bosh and Dwyane Wade, who share the same agent. We now know that’s because LeBron was plotting to leave the team.

Upon learning of LeBron’s decision, Bosh said there was a “shock factor.”

Bosh makes out quite well in this whole situation. Rather than taking a pay cut to stay with the Heat, Bosh is going to sign a maximum contract worth $119 million over five seasons. He loves Miami and wanted to stay there with his family, so I’ll bet he never imagined he’d be getting this kind of max money while being able to remain in the city he loves. He also gets a chance to be a team leader again.

Bosh will be the top player on the Heat team, which will still have a competitive core. In addition to Bosh, the team agreed to deals with Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts. They likely are bringing back Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers as well. They are probably going to sign Dwyane Wade, too.

LeBron’s departure shocked Bosh, but few will benefit from the move as much as he will. Now he gets to be a star again and remind people what he can do.

Chris Bosh staying with Heat on five-year, $118 million deal

Chris-Bosh-Thunder-fans-normalIn a somewhat unexpected turn of events, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Chris Bosh has agreed to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

It was widely assumed that Bosh would sign with the Houston Rockets after LeBron James announced he was returning to Cleveland. The Rockets had already offered Bosh a max contract and clearly have a more talented roster than the Heat now that LeBron has moved on. However, the Heat stepped in almost immediately after the LeBron’s announcement on Friday and made Bosh an aggressive offer.

The Rockets could offer Bosh no more than four years and $88 million, so he’s better off taking the deal with Miami for financial reasons. As a bonus, Bosh will also now be the star of the show. Dwyane Wade is aging and he would have been the third biggest star in Houston behind Dwight Howard and James Harden.

Bosh has already won two championships with the Heat, and it’s not like he will ever be compared to someone like Tim Duncan. He has said in the past that he loves Miami, and who wouldn’t love it for five years and $118 million? He’s not chasing rings.

Woj also reported that the Heat are now pushing hard to complete a deal with Dwayne Wade, who has been garnering some interest from the Chicago Bulls.

As for what the Rockets will do, we’re guessing they will now turn their efforts toward Carmelo Anthony. Houston has already agreed to trade Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers to clear cap space, so they have money to spend. It may be too late to land Carmelo, however, who is reportedly deciding between the New York Knicks and Bulls.

Chris Bosh reportedly considering max offer from Rockets

Chris-Bosh-Thunder-fans-normalMost of us assume that LeBron James will be the first big domino to fall in free agency, but that may not be true if the market for Chris Bosh continues to sizzle. In order to return to the Miami Heat, Bosh is obviously going to have to take less than a max contract. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, he would also have to pass on a maximum contract offer from a very good team.

Bosh has reportedly been offered a max contract of four years and $88 million from the Houston Rockets. Broussard also notes that Bosh is warming to the idea of signing with Houston after speaking with LeBron over the weekend.

A previous report indicated that Bosh would prefer to sign max contract with a new team over taking a discount to remain with the Heat. Given all the insane rumors we have heard about LeBron potentially returning to Cleveland, maybe Bosh is starting to lean toward moving on from Miami.

Bosh already has two rings. He’s not trying to stockpile rings like LeBron, Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan, because he knows he is never going to be considered one of the best NBA players of all time. With that in mind, why wouldn’t he want to get paid? It’s not like he’s considering a max offer from a terrible team. The Rockets are a legitimate NBA Finals contender.

While Bosh will likely wait until he is sure of LeBron’s future to make a final decision, he could actually push James out of Miami if he signs with the Rockets first. It would be tough for Pat Riley to convince LeBron he is going to improve the Heat if Bosh leaves. If the Heat subtract instead of adding, LeBron is more likely to skip town.

Chris Bosh throwing a kink in Pat Riley’s plan?

Chris-Bosh-Thunder-fans-normalWhile the world continues to obsess over the possibility of LeBron James creating a new soap opera and leaving the Miami Heat, most people assume that Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are not going anywhere. While that is likely true for D-Wade, who opted out of the two years and $42 million remaining on his contract, Bosh’s situation may not be so simple.

According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, Bosh’s future may represent the “tipping point” in Pat Riley’s overall plan. With several teams like the Rockets, Bulls, Mavericks, Lakers and Cavaliers working to clear the cap space needed to sign LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, a max contract market may be emerging for Bosh. The Heat would not be able to afford giving LeBron and Bosh max contracts.

When LeBron and Carmelo make their decisions, several other teams could have a surplus of cap space from their failed attempt to lure one of the two big prizes. Berger reports that there is a growing belief Bosh would prefer a four-year max contract from a new team over taking a discount to return to Miami.

While we still believe LeBron will ultimately remain with the Heat, there is a reason we have heard so many reports about his agent meeting with teams. James is trying to pressure Riley to improve the roster around him. That would be incredibly difficult to do if Bosh decides to leave. LeBron may even start meeting with teams himself next week if Riley is unable to make some moves before then.

Again, LeBron returning to Miami is still the most likely scenario. That said, it sounds like Bosh’s situation could complicate matters for Riley.