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Dwyane Wade says Chris Bosh coming to Miami was key to his return

Jul 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade_bosh.jpgDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went on ESPN Wednesday morning and made it official — they are both going to be playing for the Miami Heat next season.

There was nothing else shocking in their interview, but they confirmed things already suggested in the media.

Like that Wade seriously considered playing for his hometown Chicago Bulls. However, once he took his emotions out of the equation the key for him was Bosh.

“But it came down to Chris, and his decision to come here… unfortunately it did not work out, but Chicago still has my heart,” Wade said of his hometown.

Both men said that with the two of them — and whatever players are brought in — they expect to be able to compete for titles immediately.

Both men said there would be no changing their decisions (they cannot sign deals until tomorrow), but both also danced around questions of years and money. Wade could take a six-year max deal in the $120 million range. Bosh could get the same thing if Toronto agrees to a sign-and-trade deal. If not, his max deal could only be five-years and a little under $100 million.

That is, unless LeBron James comes to Miami with them. Then they might all have to take a pay cut to play together.

Wade played the LeBron situation politically correct — that he’d love to play with James but said James has to make his own decision. Wade said this was about him and Bosh.

“This opportunity for Chris and I to team up, (for me) to team up with someone of his caliber as a basketball players, was too good,” Wade said.

Bosh was candid in saying he enjoyed he free agency process, but that this was the best decision.

“I wanted to choose the best decision for me and my family and this was the best situation for me,” Bosh said.

There was nothing new or terribly interesting in their first public statements — they hit their talking points and stuck to the script like rehearsed pros.

But they made it official — tomorrow Wade and Bosh will sign with the Miami Heat. And suddenly that franchise is back to being a potential contender.

  1. Rory - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    why is this organization back to being a potential contender? as of 7/7/10, they will either have a roster consisting of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Mario Chalmers (who they don’t really want) and Michael Beasley (who they really don’t want), or just D-Wade and CB4. i know that 2 players can make a team a championship contender, but not literally 2 players. they’re going to have 2 max contract guys and still be able to fill the rest of the roster with really quality role players? what world do basketball bloggers live in? and if LBJ goes there, who are they going to be able to afford outside of those 3? you do remember the contracts guys like Amir Johnson, Darko, Chris Duhon, et al have gotten so far this summer, right?

  2. Rory - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    why is this organization back to being a potential contender? as of 7/7/10, they will either have a roster consisting of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Mario Chalmers (who they don’t really want) and Michael Beasley (who they really don’t want), or just D-Wade and CB4. i know that 2 players can make a team a championship contender, but not literally 2 players. they’re going to have 2 max contract guys and still be able to fill the rest of the roster with really quality role players? what world do basketball bloggers live in? and if LBJ goes there, who are they going to be able to afford outside of those 3? you do remember the contracts guys like Amir Johnson, Darko, Chris Duhon, et al have gotten so far this summer, right?

  3. Dave - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Chicago may have his heart; But now Chicago loathes him. Expect Boos when you come to the United Center, Mr. Wade.

  4. Jake - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    I just don’t understand why they chose Miami over Chicago. I can’t get my head around it. Look at their rosters. I agree that Miami is going to be good, but I don’t think they can win a title without more around Bosh and Wade. Hell, they’ll be very good. Even so, the Heat simply can’t get the talent together that the Bulls have. Wade, Bosh, Rose, Noah, Deng. That’s a championship team. They would win. Miami? Maybe. Chicago? Yes.
    I guess the Bulls will have to do it with Boozer and Anthony Morrow.

  5. steve - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    i agree. why does bosh and wadew make them title contenders. they have no othre players and bosh only averages about 9 rebounds for his career and not a great shot blocker. everbody is making him like he is top 50 of all time. not even close. miami will not get past orlando or boston.

  6. Josh - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    What you guys are not realizing is the fact that there will be other players around Bosh and Wade when the season starts. Beasley has shown some promise so if they are able to keep him around that would be great, but also, some veteran players without titles may be willing to take a paycut to finally get that ring. Don’t discount this team. They could absolutely be in the title hunt when all is said and done.

  7. Kels - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    I agree with Jake. If the two would have went to the Bulls they would have a better chance for a ring. If lebron goes to the Bulls with rose and noah, I think they may have a good chance of getting a ring. But remember both teams have to go thru the west coast, i.e.. the Lakers.. and I really dont see either teams getting a ring in the next two years!!!

  8. FRANK - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    THEY CHOSE MIAMI OVER CHICAGO BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER AND LIFESTYLE.
    ONE IS WINDY AND SNOWY AND THE OTHER IS SUNNY AND WARM.
    YOU DO THE MATH!!! :)

  9. Jake - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    That honestly has to be it. Money and partying. Gosh. Wade made the choice for his image, Bosh for the climate. It’s just disappointing.

  10. Dan - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Good luck playing center in Miami Bosh! Even with Bosh and Wade the Heat have way too many holes. With the east being so weak they are almost a sure thing to make the playoffs but they wont be title contenders unless they get a good point guard or center. Boston and Orlando are the teams to beat in the east. Of course Lebron can have a huge impact on whatever team he signs but if he doesn’t end up in New York then the Knicks are gonna have another lottery season. Stoudamire is going to miss Steve Nash.

  11. Jay - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Wade took Miami to the playoffs on his back. With a player like Bosh theyre bound to make some damage ESPECIALLY in the east. While (on paper) they may not be the best team. No team in the East with the exception of the Celtics have lived up to their potential in the last 4 years or so. Cleveland was suppose to make it to the finals to meet the Lakers. they never did in 3 years. Orlando was suppose to make it back to play LA in the finals and they didnt. Heck, at one point people were wondering how much damage the Hawks were going to make. Miami stands a great chance at making some noise in the East because if mega superstars are willing to take salary cuts to win championships dont you think solid role players wouldnt mind doing the same to accomplish that goal. Good for Wade and Bosh and possibly Lebron if he signs to Miami. money money money smh thats all we hear is the how the figures will play out if they all sign to Miami. MJ is my favorite player of all time and regarded as one of/if not the best player of all time and you dont hear on ESPN how much money he made. You hear how dominate of a player and his teams were. How many championships trophies he held. If Lebron wants to go down as one of the best. He has to do something now to stop that Gasol-Kobe train because they keep tweaking their engines (adding Artest and now Blake) they dont seem to want to let up on dominating anytime soon so if I was their teams positions come May and June I’d really be thinking about building an arsenal that can battle with them Lakers boys.

  12. Jay - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    I agree with you Josh. I mean there’s T-Mac out there. Iverson. They could resign Jermaine O’Neal. They definitely need to resign Haslem. There’s Ray Allen, Josh Howard, Richard Jefferson. There’s some major talent out there that could make Miami instant contenders. LA was lucky in that the only injury they suffered in their playoff run was by a man who they won a championship without last year. But had that have been Pau, Kobe, D.Fish, Artest, Odom..Shoot if Perkins didn’t get injured they might not have beat Boston. Its ashame no west coast team did anything to enhance their chances against LA its almost like theyre conceded to them before the season even starts. I’m so routing for Miami, Boston, Orlando, somebody to build a team that can really really change LA the same way Boston did in the finals.

  13. D Wade - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    All y’all can fock off. I just hope that this means Chris Bosh isn’t gonna stop suckin’ my c0ck now that he has agreed. I have had that bytch sucking my junk for 3 weeks and it has been cool. He swallows, too.

  14. TOM JACKS - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    YOU THINK THE LAKERS ARE DONE? THEY STILL HAVE 4 SPOTS TO FILL IN WITH MBENGA,POWELL,MORISON AND FARMAR LEAVING. BOSH, WADE AND LEBRON SHOULD BE SCARED EVEN IF THEY TEAM UP COZ LAKERS ARE IN TALKS NOW WITH RAJA BELL,KURT THOMAS AND T-MAC ALL WILLING TO TAKE THE VETERANS MINIMUM PAY FOR A CHAMPIOSHIP. DON’T FORGET THEY ALSO SIGNED BLAKE. OH BY THE WAY JUST TO LET YOU GUYS KNOW… FISHER IS BACK ACCORDING TO THE NEWS. JUST IMAGINE LAKERS HAVING KOBE,PAU,BYNUM,ARTEST,FISHER,ODOM,BLAKE,BELL, KURT THOMAS AND POSSIBLY T-MAC. THE WEAKEST PLAYERS WE HAVE IS WALTON AND VUJAJIC WHO IS ON HIS LAST YEAR. OH BY THE WAY CHECK THE LAKERS DRAFT BY THE NAME EBANKS WHO WILL MAKE IT TO THEIR ROSTER AS A DEFENSIVE SPEACIALIST. THE OTHER NBA TEAMS SPENT MILLIONS FOR NOTHING REGARDLESS WHERE JAMES GO! LAKERS HAS A VERY SOLID DEFENSE AND UNSTOPABLE OFFENSE! LEBRON OR WADE FANS BE PREPARED TO MAKE YOUR EXCUSES

  15. Nick - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    This is really devastating for the Toronto Raptors. Things were looking so promising 4 years ago. A young superstar in CB4, the number one overall pick, a runner up for rookie of the year, Jorge Garbojosa (remember him??! he was great).
    Now, we get nothing for Bosh, have maybe two legitimate NBA starters on the team, and a host of terrible contracts that will make sure that the Raptors will miss the playoffs for the next 3-4 years, while still finishing with 30-35 wins so we dont get a top-4 pick.
    Add on the fact that CB has virtually proven that no big-name NBA players really wants to play in Toronto in the long run.
    Bryan Colangelo really orchestrated this whole mess, and should take responsibility for it.
    And, why the hell did we sign amir johnson again???

  16. Smith - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Lot of cry babies here.

  17. jonnymac - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    AMEN Tom Jacks….well put!
    Either these free-agent collusion hookups will be the new standard in the league and everybody will start doing it….or…….if the Lakers 3-peat (an interesting and viable possibility now with ebanks, caracter, blake, and T-Mac)………will go down as the biggest dumb idea ever perpetrated by spoiled superstars who cant win a ring the regular way.

  18. alex - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    chris bosh plus d-wade=championship. man this is gonna make miami heat games even funner to watch. bosh and wade aren’t the only players on the team, we got 3 PGs. chalmers has great potential, and rafer alston is great. q-rich and dorell wright at the 3. we got former all star jermaine oneal at the center position, and joel anthony to back him up. joel is getting better. don’t even get me started on michael beasley. don’t forget this is a team wade took to the playoffs without bosh, and now with him, they got a chance to be championship contenders.

  19. kevin - Jul 18, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Chris bosh would mess up in Miami like keep on missing shots or buzzer beaters he stinks

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