More than one year since his last game in the NBA, Chris Bosh joined TNT’s “Players Only” franchise as a studio analyst. In his first appearance, the 11-time NBA All-Star gave an update on his situation, hinting the possibility of an NBA return.
“My health is great,” Bosh said during Monday night’s broadcast. “I’m feeling good, still working out and just really still staying ready.”
After a failed physical examination on September, the Miami Heat decided not to let Chris Bosh play in the 2016-17 NBA season. At first, Bosh looked determined to return to the court but later realized that he’s not yet ready to play this season. While he’s waiting for his recovery, he admitted that he’s already getting a “taste of retirement.”
Bosh also stopped contacting the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) regarding his return and doesn’t respond to their call. His decision to be part of TNT’s “Players Only” franchise made some people think that Bosh already accepted that his NBA career has come to an end. However, with his statement, it seems like the two-time NBA champion has not ruled out trying to play again.
Chris Bosh admits missing playing on the court
Chris Bosh admits having a hard time spending his life off the court. Bosh spent 13 seasons in the NBA and it is easy to understand why he remains hopeful of playing again. His body couldn’t easily forget the things he used to do as an athlete. Bosh said that his current situation is more difficult than he expected.
“I think one of the interesting things that I didn’t anticipate was my mental health, and that’s something that as athletes we have to take into regard because we’re used to a set schedule and we’re used to a certain type of world,” Bosh said. “And that’s something that I’ve really had to work on for my well-being.”
In his debut appearance on TNT, Bosh revealed that he’s watching the Miami Heat games on television. He still keeps in touch with some of his teammates and remains as a part of the Heat’s locker room. Bosh praised his team for overcoming a dismal 11-30 start.
“I think you just have a bunch of young guys trying to figure it out right now,” Bosh said. “But they’re scrappy. I know one thing — they’re going to prepare. They’re going to play hard every night. … The system is the system; they’re going to run that system and they’re going to roll it out with their guys.”
Bosh still remains optimistic about his health situation but didn’t give any hints about his future. The Heat are already eligible to waive him in order to remove his salary from the book. This will help them pursue superstars in the 2017 NBA free agency.
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