Micky Arison Rumors
Heat forward Chris Bosh, eight months removed from his second blood clot episode in a year, announced Tuesday that he’s ready to return to game action. “I’m ready to play,” he said in a podcast for Uninterrupted. “We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement back in May saying as soon as I’m ready to play as soon as possible, we’ll play. And I’m ready. I’ve done all work. I’ve done what I need to do working with the doctors.”
Q: in anticipation of a lawsuit by Chris Bosh and/or the union, who are bound to claim the Heat never wanted Bosh to return or intended to allow him to play, in order to get out from his contract. — David. A: Or it simply could have been a tweet from a team owner glad to see his player working out in advance of training camp. Look, I don’t think Wednesday’s night tweet, by itself, is an indication, one way or the other, of whether Chris Bosh gets back on the court in contact situations. There still have to be physicals not only for Bosh, but for every player on the roster. And remember, even if Chris doesn’t return to the court immediately, or going forward, he still was expected in camp, just as he was with the Heat during the playoffs, including on the court with teammates during pregame shootarounds. And there really, even with all the convoluted language in the collective-bargaining agreement, are not many (or even any) ways for the Heat to get Bosh’s salary off the books unless there is an overwhelming consensus that he no longer can play. With the information at hand, I’m not sure anyone knows what will happen in camp, during the preseason, or beyond. In fact, I hardly would classify, “Looking good CB” and “look forward to seeing in camp,” as “comments,” when it comes to what Micky Arison offered in his 140 characters. Well-wishing is not the same as policy setting.
The Heat declined to offer additional clarity on Arison’s tweet, including whether Bosh would be cleared medically by team doctors. Bosh has been awaiting such clearance, according to a source. The Bosh camp has been unhappy about the Heat’s handling of the matter, according to an NBA-employed person with direct knowledge of the situation.
In a letter emailed Thursday night to Miami Heat season-ticket holders to coincide with the release of the team’s 2016-17 schedule and also posted on the team’s website, Heat owner Micky Arison hinted at a return by All-Star forward Chris Bosh while focusing on where the franchise stands. Toward the close of the email, Arison wrote: “What won’t change is the culture of this organization. The Miami HEAT is a Championship organization. I fully expect this team, from Pat Riley to Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, to our veterans Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic and Josh McRoberts, to our returning young core of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson, to the fresh faces joining the HEAT Family to continue our mantra of being the ‘hardest working, best conditioned, most professional, unselfish, toughest, meanest, nastiest team in the NBA.’ ”