HoopsHype Chris Bosh rumors

December 15, 2014 Updates

Heat forward Chris Bosh indicated after Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bulls that he could be out for a while. The Heat plays the Nets on Tuesday in Brooklyn and Bosh is doubtful for that game, but he could be out a few weeks. Bosh missed the game against Chicago with a strained calf, and he's not sure when the injury occurred. That's troubling news. Bosh hadn't missed a game this season until Sunday, and he pointed to simple "wear and tear" as a possible reason for the strain. He added that precaution and rest are the two most important things for him right now. If he tries to play through the injury, he said it could worsen and "the muscle could tear away from the bone." Miami Herald

"It's disappointing," Bosh said. "Usually you know when something gives and you kind of feel it over the course of a game and you can point to a specific play when you felt something tweak, or whatever, but unfortunately that didn't happen for me. I guess it's a wear and tear thing. It kind of sprung up on me, and you just have to deal with the tough times right now." Miami Herald

December 14, 2014 Updates

Is that chemistry built through time or communication? Chris Bosh: Time. Even if you do have conversations constantly, and you need to, it's still going to take time. It's something you have to get over. You're going to make tons of mistakes. As much as we want to hit the ground running, it hasn't happened for us. But we just have to stay with what we're doing. We have to believe in each other, believe in ourselves and know that eventually, we can get the job done. HoopsHype

How has your game grown since you’ve had to take on a bigger role? CB: (My) mid-range is more solid, which it has to be, because I've lost some quickness and speed. My three-point shot is a lot better. I'm a better passer, and the game is a little bit more under control. Something I've really worked on over the past few years is trying to be in different positions and being a better player in different roles. It was difficult to adjust to, over the past four years, but I think it's helped me in my all-around game. HoopsHype

December 10, 2014 Updates

The Houston thing has been well publicized, but you told Haberstroh that a few other teams — the Lakers, Suns, and Nuggets — expressed some interest in you during free agency. Did any of those situations interest you? Chris Bosh: It was just interesting to be wanted, after all that time of bashing, bashing, bashing. You kind of bask in it just a little bit. Like, Hey, I’m still valuable. I can still play this game. Grantland

Do you feel any personal vindication? Like, “Hey! This Chris Bosh guy is actually good!” Chris Bosh: No. I don’t feel any vindication. I don’t want that to rule my play or my life. I just want to be sure I play for the right reasons. I just want to win. That has always been my motive. I know I have to continue to raise my level of play as time goes on, but no. No? Chris Bosh: Now, initially — I’m human. I was like, Oh, I can’t wait to show everybody what it’s like! But then it’s, Just chill. It’s a process. I know I’m gonna get a lot better over the season. You can’t get caught up trying to prove everyone wrong right now, when I’m not ready, so to speak. Grantland

The West is ridiculous. The East is … not as good. Do you think the NBA should look at somehow just seeding the teams 1-to-16 for the playoffs? Chris Bosh: I think the fans would enjoy it. Even in the All-Star Games, you just say, “Man, the West is stacked this year.” Damn near every year. I don’t know why that is. You can make up theories, but the West is stacked, both teamwise and talentwise. You got a guy like Goran Dragic — he makes third-team All-NBA, and he’s not an All-Star. The Suns won 48 games and don’t even make the playoffs. It doesn’t make any sense. Grantland

So you’d officially be interested in looking at the 1-to-16 system? Chris Bosh: Yeah. Not last year, though. I read an article about that, and I think if that was true, we’d have been going to Portland at some point [before the Finals]. It’d be exciting for the fans, but it’d be brutal on the teams. Grantland

December 8, 2014 Updates
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But on Monday night, he revealed to CBSSports.com another factor in his free-agent decision -- one that offered plenty of insight into just how stressful and transformative the Big Three's four-year championship gauntlet really was for him. Money was a factor. Comfort level was another. But given a chance to insert himself into another Big Three as the third wheel with the Rockets, inviting all the attention and expectations that would've come with it, Bosh ultimately said: No, thanks. I'm good. "I could see where people would think that's an attractive site," Bosh told CBSSports.com, speaking of Houston, where half the NBA expected him to land back in July. "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." CBSSports.com

"It's incredibly difficult to win a championship," Bosh told CBSSports.com. "I know that, and I know it's a whole process." While the basketball world was obsessing over James' next move back in July, Bosh and his family were on a month-long vacation that included humanitarian work in Africa. Once James returned to Cleveland, Bosh handled all the due diligence on his own free-agent decision by phone from there. "Bottom line, he enjoyed his four years in Miami and believes they can still compete for championships," Bosh's agent, Henry Thomas, told CBSSports.com. CBSSports.com

The Rockets had pushed all their chips to the center of the table in pursuit of Carmelo Anthony (who chose to stay in New York) and then Bosh, a perfect complement to Howard and Harden. With James gone and with Rockets GM Daryl Morey clearing the runway for Bosh to chase a third ring as the third wheel in his home state of Texas, it all seemed to be a fait accomplit. The Rockets sure seemed to think so. "Did they?" Bosh told CBSSports.com. "... I think they're still in contention for it even without me. It's free agency. It's a crazy time. It just kind of got crazy real fast and then it settled down completely." CBSSports.com

Bosh delivered the dagger — a 3-pointer 1:23 from the end that brought that 11-point lead. He credited Chalmers, who credited coach Erik Spoelstra, who credited everybody — including three rookies (James Ennis, Shabazz Napier and Andre Dawkins) who played together. Miami, on the tail end of a back-to-back, was without Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Luol Deng (wrist) and Josh McRoberts (foot). “We’re going to put the ball in [Chalmers’] hands sometimes, especially late in the game and especially with guys out. We were relying on him a bit and he came through,” said Bosh, who had a key offensive rebound that led to his own jumper, Chalmers assisting, to ignite the key 9-2 streak. New York Post

November 15, 2014 Updates

That has Bosh biting his tongue, to a degree. "Whether it's the coverages or just man-to-man defense, they're blowing by us," he said. "We're not helping each other. Or we have no weak-side defense. "It's so many things, pick-and-rolls, side pick-and-rolls, one-on-one defense, pin downs, transition. We actually did a job on transition [against Atlanta]. We haven't put it together yet. I guess it's a process a little bit. I keep telling myself, 'Keep myself sane.' But eventually we're going to have to turn the corner." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 11, 2014 Updates
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Bosh didn’t go easy on DeRozan. He also entered the NBA after one season in college at Georgia Tech. There were no free passes in the pros for inexperience. DeRozan credits Bosh for helping to kick start his career. “He was tough on me from the standpoint, I think he knew how good I could be,” DeRozan told Basketball Insiders. “I was the starting guard with him, (Hedo) Turkoglu, (Andrea) Bargnani, Jose Calderon. I was the only rookie out there. A lot of mistakes I made, he would just be hard on me about it so I could be better. He was a good dude. He’s a good friend of mine.” Basketball Insiders

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