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Chris Bosh Retirement: PF joining TNT’s ‘Player Only’ as studio analyst; Shuts down possibility of NBA return this season

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Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh shows no sign of resuming his NBA career this season as he’s currently busy with his life off the court. According to the latest report, the five-time NBA All-Star will join TNT’s “Players Only” franchise as a studio analyst starting next week.

Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer of Turner Sports, expressed his excitement to see Bosh appear on their show. Bosh will be joining former NBA players Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas, and Baron Davis.

“We’re thrilled to have Chris make appearances with our Players Only studio team and we look forward to incorporating his fresh take and informed perspective into this new TNT series. Chris is still deeply connected with today’s NBA players and his insights into the game will further enhance the experience for our viewers,” Barry said.

More than one year since his last game, Chris Bosh is slowly accepting that his NBA career has come to an end. With his recurring blood clots, the Miami Heat decided not to let him play this season. Though Bosh questions the Heat’s ‘real’ motives, he knows that forcing himself to make an NBA return could put his life in danger.

Joining a show like the TNT’s broadcasts will ease the pain of leaving the sports he loves the most. Though Bosh is yet to confirm his retirement, his recent actions showed otherwise. Earlier in January, Bosh detailed how he spent his life off the court and said that he’s getting a “taste of retirement”.

Barry Jackson of Miami Herald also revealed that Bosh hasn’t made contact with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) regarding his return and doesn’t respond to their calls. Some people doubt if he will be cleared to play again and Bosh surely knows his situation.

Chris Bosh’s retirement helps the Miami Heat rebuild

Bosh’s recent commitment shuts down the possibility that he will be appearing in 25 games this season. It’s already more than one year since he last played with the Miami Heat. This means that the Heat could already remove his salary from the book.

As what most people think, the Heat could use the salary cap space to pursue a superstar in the 2017 NBA free agency. Heat president Pat Riley didn’t give any comments regarding Bosh’s situation. However, they are already making an advance plan with the potentially regained salary cap space.

“We have that elusive moving number out there for the summer that will help us rebuild,” Riley said.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr.com

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