Chris Bosh has been around the Miami Heat a lot as of late.
The former forward helped said team win two championships after joining them in 2010 to form The Big 3 with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. But he was unfortunately waived in 2017 after being diagnosed with blood clots and hasn't played in the NBA since the year prior.
This season, though, he has been a regular around the Heat and, apart from attending games, has been spending time on the practice courts, helping their younger players out and serving as a mentor.
Wade, a close friend of Bosh, is quite happy to have his ex-teammate around and has called for him to be a part of the Heat organization.
"Chris was going through a lot," the veteran guard told the Miami Herald's Anthony Chiang. "He was somebody who was one of the best players in the world, and he had a diagnosis that comes that no one is familiar with, really. It's just a tough situation. You got a player who was 32 at the time, something like that, and the way the game is going, can play for a long time. It's just unfortunate.
"So yeah, of course it's going to take a lot of hardship to get out of that situation and get to where everybody is now. But the bigger picture, he needs to and should be a part of this organization. I'm glad to see him around."
“We don’t have all of this without a Chris Bosh - all of the things that make us proud as a city, as a state and as an organization - without what he was able to bring to this franchise," Wade added.
"So things happen and I think the best part about it is when people put all ego and pride aside and come back together and understand it was special what we had and the relationship they had. I’m glad to see him back around, glad to see his family down the street from my family where I’m used to them being.”
Josh Richardson, who was a rookie when Bosh last played for the Heat, is pleased to have the erstwhile star back too.
“It’s meant a lot,” he remarked. “CB was one of the backbones of our team when I first got here. For him to come back and spend time with us and show that he still cares is awesome.”
What This Means
Bosh's presence should really mean a lot to Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra and all of the Heat's current players.
He was a big part of their successful era and, as Wade said, they wouldn't have won those two titles without him.
It would be great to see him return to the organization in another capacity. And, by the look of things, it just might happen.