Chris Bosh is still not ready to walk away from the NBA.
In clips from an interview on “Larry King Now” on the Ora.tv digital network posted Sunday night, Bosh said he still believes he could return to the NBA as a player. When asked by King if he believes he could play again in the NBA, he said, “Yeah, I think so.”
“At heart, I’m still an athlete and that is not how I want it to end,” Bosh said of his playing career. “I do [miss playing]. But a part of me doesn’t. I’ve come to enjoy different aspects of life. There’s a lot of life out there. I mean only because as basketball players – we do that – that’s really it. But I’ve enjoying spending time with my kids. I’ve enjoyed spending time with my wife and just kind of relaxing and working on my mind and my soul.”
The 11-time All-Star has not played in an NBA game since Feb. 9, 2016 due to issues related to blood clotting that also sidelined him for the second half of both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Bosh was hopeful he would be healthy enough to play this season, but he failed a team physical just before training camp in September.
Bosh, 33, did sound like he now understands the Heat’s role in this situation. Team president Pat Riley said in September that Bosh’s career with Miami “probably is over” after he failed a team physical before the season, and the Heat are expected to apply for salary-cap relief from Bosh’s contract before free agency this summer to free up money to spend this offseason.
“Yeah, I understand what they have to do as a team,” said, Bosh, who is set to be paid $52.1 million over the next two seasons with his current contract expiring after the 2018-19 season.. “It is a business. I know we — as athletes and owners and people involved with the NBA — never want to say it’s a business, and things like that. It’s is a business. And hurt does come in with that. But as president of the Miami Heat, I understand what he has to do.”
Bosh did not get into specifics regarding his health, calling it “complicated … very, very complicated.”
Although Bosh was part of the Heat’s 15-man roster for the entire season, he was not around the team. Miami listed Bosh as inactive on game nights without a reason for his absence.
Why didn’t Bosh want to attend any basketball games?
“If I can’t play, there’s no reason to go,” said Bosh, who worked with TNT as a studio analyst as part of the network’s “Players Only” series last month. “To watch the game without me in it, is just no point doing that.”
And don’t expect Bosh to move into coaching on the NBA level.
“No, I don’t want to coach. I don’t want to coach,” he said. “I will always be around the game of basketball. I think, if I do, it would be young minds. But grown men? No. I would not want to do that.”
So what’s next for Bosh? He’s not sure yet.
“I don’t know,” he said. “And that’s exciting. It’s always this kind of pressure as an athlete, people [asking], ‘What are you going to do? And you should do this? Or you should do that?’ I think it’s OK to say, ‘I don’t know what I want to do.’ I have a lot of things on my mind.”