It’s never really been over as far as Chris Bosh is concerned.
The subject at hand is Bosh’s career, and despite what was considered a life-threatening blood clot issue, Bosh is determined to return to the NBA.
At least, that was his main take on ESPN’s “First Take,” as he stopped by the studio Thursday morning.
“I’ve been in the gym,” he said. “I can still play basketball. No. I’m not done yet. Yeah, I’m trying to come back. Man, I see all these guys shooting 3’s and not playing defense, and, man, I’m saying I’ve got to get some of it.”
Bosh is former All-Star big man whose career began with the Toronto Raptors. He then teamed up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat making four straight runs to the Finals and winning two titles.
But Bosh was diagnosed with a blood-clot disorder in 2014-15 and again the following season. The Heat were able to clear Bosh’s $52 million salary after the NBA determined it was not safe for him to play.
Bosh said he is eyeing next season for a comeback, but a return this year is “always a possibility” if a team has an available roster spot. He listed the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors as his top three teams. He later added he will likely choose “whoever makes me the best deal.”
Bosh, 33, is 6-foot-11 and plays both power forward and center. He averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 53 games in his final season with the Heat.