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Chris Bosh says abdominal issue healed, he is ready to roll

Sep 26, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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A lot of people don’t want to hear this, but among the key reasons the Heat should be better this year is health — they won a title with Dwyane Wade playing through a knee injury that required surgery and Chris Bosh coming back early from an abdominal strain (suffered on a dunk) before he was fully ready.

Both men skipped playing for Team USA in the London Olympics to recover.

Bosh says he is healthy now and ready to go, as he told the Miami Herald.

“I feel good. I feel real good,” Bosh said. “I’ve been pretty eager to get back with training camp looming and everything. I’m real excited to get back, start working. I’ve been in the gym a few times in the past couple weeks and that itch for basketball is there. I’m glad it’s there and I’m looking forward to this season.”

“It’s behind me. But I still have to pay attention to stretching and strengthening all the muscles in the core around it and everything,” Bosh said. “It’s something that I just can’t forget about. I’m not sure if I can re-aggravate it but I’m sure, just like anything, it has the potential to be chronic. If we stay on top of it and continue to do the proper treatment, proper stretching and proper strengthening, I don’t see it being an issue.”

Bosh isn’t Miami’s best player, but he is their most important (something Wade and LeBron have said many times). The Heat need what he brings as a big man — both inside the paint and on the glass, plus his ability to step out, hit threes and stretch the floor — to make things work for Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Bosh is key to the spacing the Heat need.

Him being back at 100 percent makes the Heat that much better. Which is bad news for 29 other teams.

  1. miamatt - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Exactly right. Bosh may be Miami’s third best player, but he might be the most irreplaceable. Miami can lose Wade or James and still have another slasher to the rim, but what Bosh brings is unique: not only the ability to post up or drive, but the ability to pull opposing big men out towards the 3-point arc.

    And yes, I acknowledge that James is the best player in the world and on that basis is truly the most irreplaceable. But Bosh’s importance to the Heat is widely underrated.

  2. phillyphannn83 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    it’ll be nice to see how he handles Bynum who’s much much stronger. Even though it won’t matter because without Iggy, there’s no one to cover Lebron and/or Wade. Sixers had what, the 3rd ranked Defense last year? Main reason: the departed Andre Iguodala. Solved one problem, created another i.m.o.

  3. edweird0 - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    As a Heat fan, this is music to my ears

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