Report: Chris Bosh’s camp ‘angry and suspicious’ of Heat’s intentions

After an unfathomable and messy offseason divorce from franchise superstar Dwyane Wade, another high-profile Heat relationship may be on the rocks.

Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Arena on November 1, 2015 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Arena on November 1, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, members of Chris Bosh’s camp have grown angry and suspicious of the Heat’s intentions regarding Bosh’s ability to play following a second blood-clot scare in the last two years.

Rumors and conjecture have surrounded Bosh, who suffered a recurrence of blood clots just before the NBA All-Star game in February. Some have speculated that the Heat will attempt to hold Bosh out until Feb. 9, 2017, a calendar year after he suffered the recurrence, making him eligible for medical retirement, thus clearing his salaries of $25.2 million in 2017-18 and $26.8 million in 2018-19 from Miami’s books.

Bosh can only be medically retired if “a doctor that is jointly selected by the league and players association agree his condition is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing,” a source told the Miami Herald.

Though a Heat source that spoke with the Herald insisted that the team’s decision would not be motivated by money, if Bosh and his camp deem that to be the case, he can file a grievance with the NBA players union.

Bosh, 32, approached the Heat during last season’s playoff push and suggested that the team allow him to play while he took a new blood-thinner medication that would be out of his system in 8-12 hours, allowing him to play without the risks of playing a contact sport on blood thinners.

The Heat rejected that proposal, and it remains to be seen if the team would consider allowing Bosh to play on that medication at this point, according the Miami Herald.

As the season approaches, both Bosh and the Heat will have major decisions to make. Should things become contentious between the two parties, the Heat may be trending toward another messy breakup that may close the curtains on Bosh’s Heat career.

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Amar’e Stoudemire’s case for the Hall of Fame is better than you might think

Amar'e Stoudemire #5 of the Miami Heat grabs a rebound against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on January 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Amar’e Stoudemire #5 of the Miami Heat grabs a rebound against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on January 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Six-time NBA All-Star and 14-year veteran Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement on Tuesday, signing a one-day contract with the New York Knicks before calling it a career.

The 33-year-old spent his first eight season with the Phoenix Suns, before taking his talents to the Big Apple during the 2010 offseason and playing four and a half seasons with the Knicks. Stoudemire was then sent to Dallas in the 2014-15 season, before he played one final season with the Miami Heat.

The next stop in Stoudemire’s NBA career may be Springfield, as the Florida native has a fairly strong case for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Over an eight-year period, from his second season in the league through his first season in New York, Stoudemire was one of the most dominant forces in the game. During that stretch, Amar’e averaged 23.2 points per game, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks while shooting 54.3 percent from the field. By comparison, certain Hall of Famer Tim Duncan averaged 22.5 points and shot 50.7 percent during the best eight-year offensive stretch of his career.

Stoudemire’s career numbers also compare favorably to those of another surefire Hall of Fame player, Kevin Garnett. In his 14-year career, “STAT” averaged 18.9 points on 53.7 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Garnett has averaged 17.8 points, 10 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks while shooting 49.7 percent from the field through his first 20 seasons.

Critics will look to Stoudemire’s lack of career longevity and the seasons cut short due to injury as the most prominent arguments against his Hall of Fame candidacy.

Despite the injuries, though, he was considered not only a dominant player, but, in a way, a revolutionary one as well. Stoudemire and Steve Nash led the Phoenix Suns’ “Seven Seconds or Less” offense, which made it to the 2005 Western Conference Finals, and they then reached that mark again the next season, although Stoudemire didn’t appear in that playoff run.

A 22-year-old Stoudemire turned in one of the greatest playoff series performances of all-time in those Western Finals against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. In five games, Amar’e averaged 37 points a game on 55 percent shooting and added 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He did not score fewer than 31 points in any game, yet the Spurs still won the series 4-1.

The “Seven Seconds or Less” Suns laid the groundwork for the fast-paced, small-ball basketball that spawned the current NBA powerhouse Golden State Warriors. Several current NBA teams have attempted to duplicate the Suns’ blueprint, and nearly every squad is looking for big men that can run the floor and shoot efficiently from the perimeter.

Stoudemire’s contribution to that movement should not be forgotten, and his role in changing the NBA’s perception of big men may be enough to land him in the hallowed Hall in Springfield.

Gif Credit: SB Nation
Gif Credit: SB Nation

LeBron James’ career will always be tied to the Miami Heat

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James answers questions as he holds his daughter Zhuri during a post-game press conference after Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Cleveland won 93-89. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions as he holds his daughter Zhuri during a post-game press conference after Game 7 of basketball’s NBA Finals Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Cleveland won 93-89. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Add another accomplishment to list. It might even be the biggest accomplishment of LeBron James’ incredible career.

James led the Cavaliers to a championship Sunday, as they became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win the NBA Finals. Continue reading “LeBron James’ career will always be tied to the Miami Heat”

LeBron James on winning NBA title in Cavaliers uniform: ‘This is what I came back for’

After winning two NBA titles during his time with the Heat, LeBron James took his talents back to Cleveland.

“What’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio,” James wrote in his famous letter in Sports Illustrated that revealed his decision to return to the Cavaliers in 2014. Continue reading “LeBron James on winning NBA title in Cavaliers uniform: ‘This is what I came back for’”

LeBron James reveals ‘secret motivation’ is connected to the Miami Heat

During last year’s NBA Finals, LeBron James revealed he was being powered by some “secret motivation.” When pressed for details, James promised he would say what it was after the Cavaliers won an NBA title.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) is congratulated by his teammates as he holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) is congratulated by his teammates as he holds the Larry O’Brien Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Golden State ended up winning the 2015 NBA championship, so James never had to reveal the source of his motivation last year. But after Cleveland became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win the NBA Finals on Sunday night, the subject was brought up again in his postgame press conference. Continue reading “LeBron James reveals ‘secret motivation’ is connected to the Miami Heat”

Comparing Stephen Curry’s mouthpiece throw to Udonis Haslem’s mouthpiece throw

Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat adjusts his mouthpiece during warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bulls on December 27, 2006 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat adjusts his mouthpiece during warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bulls on December 27, 2006 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After fouling out in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry lost his cool. The Golden State guard yelled at the referee and chucked his mouthpiece in frustration.

The only problem is that Curry’s mouthpiece hit a fan sitting courtside. The mouthpiece hit the son of one of the Cavaliers’ minority owners, according to ESPN. Here’s video of the incident involving Curry… Continue reading “Comparing Stephen Curry’s mouthpiece throw to Udonis Haslem’s mouthpiece throw”

ESPN brings on Craig Sager for NBA Finals Game 6 broadcast

Craig Sager has had several memorable moments with the Heat and now he'll broadcast his first NBA Finals game. (Getty Images)
Craig Sager has had several memorable moments with the Heat and now he’ll broadcast his first NBA Finals game. (Getty Images)

Thanks to an unusual collaboration by ESPN and TNT, longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager will cover his first NBA Finals game Thursday.

Sager, who is battling leukemia, will join ABC for one night to share Game 6 reporting duties with Doris Burke and is ecstatic about the opportunity.
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Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh voted one of best teammates in NBA

Bosh was voted one of the best teammates in the league. (Getty Images)
Bosh was voted one of the best teammates in the league. (Getty Images)

The self-proclaimed coolest dude alive is also one of the coolest teammates in the NBA.
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Hassan Whiteside’s epic block vs. Hornets makes NBA’s top 10 for 2015-16

No snub here. Hassan Whiteside's block on Marvin Williams was one of the league's best of the year. (Getty Images)
No snub here. Hassan Whiteside’s block on Marvin Williams was one of the league’s best of the year. (Getty Images)

Heat center Hassan Whiteside blocked 269 shots this year. None were better than this.
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2016 NBA free agents: Nic Batum fits Miami Heat needs

Nicolas Batum has many of the skills Miami needs, especially outside shooting. (Getty Images)
Nicolas Batum has many of the skills Miami needs, especially outside shooting. (Getty Images)

Few free agents in this summer’s class look like better pieces for the Heat than Nicolas Batum. Unfortunately for Miami, plenty of other teams will be thinking the same thing.
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