Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Chris Bosh: ‘It’s strange. You see him and it’s like you go back to 2012 just like that’

Chris Bosh and his wife, Adrienne, at the Heat’s game Saturday in Mexico City. (Photo Adrienne Bosh Twitter)

MEXICO CITY – For one night it was like old times for Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.

Bosh, in Mexico City for the NBA games on a promotional tour with Marriott, embraced his former coach, Erik Spoelstra, before the Heat’s 101-89 victory over the Nets; was introduced as a Miami Heat legend during the game and following the game he video-bombed the postgame interview between Fox Sports Florida’s Jason Jackson and the Heat’s Justise Winslow.

Spoelstra, who said he keeps in contact with Bosh, appeared touched by the moment.

“He looks good,” Spoelstra said. “His family, his kids are doing well. I love CB. He’s Heat family for life but man it’s strange. You see him and it’s like you go back to 2012 just like that. You realize how fast times goes by in this league.”

Bosh received a loud ovation from the crowd of 19,777 at Arena Cuidad de Mexico Saturday when he was introduced along with Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice.

The Heat waived Bosh, 33, on July 4, after an NBA doctor ruled in the Heat’s favor and agreed with the organization’s belief that Bosh’s blood clot issues are considered a career-ending illness. The move cleared his contract from the Heat’s salary cap.

But Bosh, who has not played a game since Feb. 9, 2016, recently said on a podcast he is not ready to close the door on his NBA career just yet.

“That’s still there in front of me,” Bosh said on The Full 48 podcast. “The window is still open. Once I close the doors, it’s closed. I don’t open it back up. That’s kind of me as a human being. That’s just one of the things about me. … But yeah, for me, I don’t close anything until I’m officially done. So until that day, I will definitely let everybody know when that day comes, if it comes soon.

“I’m still, of course, work out and everything. I’m still doing work on the court. That’s very important to me. I’m still keeping my options open for the future. I know a lot of people don’t know that, but don’t write me off just yet.”

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