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Chris Bosh believes another title in Miami will keep Heat together

Sep 26, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

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The Heat will be gunning for a third straight title in the upcoming season, and to have a chance at it they’d have to get back to the Finals for the fourth straight season — something last achieved in the NBA by the Boston Celtics from 1984-87.

Adding to that is the looming situation that the Heat could potentially lose LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh to free agency next summer, as all three players have early termination options that would allow them to pursue other options after the season if for one reason or another that was deemed desirable.

No one knows what the future holds, and the trio will do their best to avoid discussing free agency until after the season is finished. But Bosh believes another championship run might bring with it some stability in South Beach.

From Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald:

BOSH: “With everybody being under contract and having no tomorrow, it’s kind of exciting because we know what we have to do for one and then, two, it’s like it helps you focus on what you need to do in that moment instead of next year or whenever. If we take care of business, we know everything is going to be all good. So, we just have to take that mentality and that kind of erases all the doubt.”

And from Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

“I couldn’t believe it,” Bosh said Wednesday, speaking after the filming of a commercial for the Henry Warren Auto Group at Turnberry Isle Country Club. “I was like, `Man it’s been four years already? But we’re professionals. We know it comes with the job. We can’t do anything about it. We just have to make sure we take care of our business, stay together and just really answer the call to adversity when it comes.” …

“Everybody wants to know what we’re going to do (after the season),” Bosh said. “Yeah, I get it. Everything depends on this season. If we win, cool. If we lose, that’s when it’s like `What if?’”

Translation: It’s going to be easy to keep the team together if the Heat win a third straight title. If they fall short, depending on at which stage of the postseason and for what reason(s), then that opens the door for any of the Big Three to start to consider their options.

  1. senorpapino - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    It most likely would keep them together. Problem is the East is going to be much tougher (especially where the Heat are most vulnerable – teams with size).

    • antistratfordian - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Everyone says that – it’s taken for granted that the East is “going to be much tougher” – but I don’t see it.

      The East hasn’t been tough for LeBron since he was on the Cavs.

  2. kingwithringz - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    We got a loaded roster. Pat Riley is a genius and once again has put us in position to succeed. I like our chances.

    • totallyuselessme - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      I’m not a Heat fan, but LeBron would be a damn fool to leave Miami.

      No one has done a better job of putting talent in matching basket uniforms than Riley, and really, Spoelstra’s personality (not too pushy/disciplinarian, just big brains, youth and enthusiasm) even meshes with what they’ve got perfectly on top of it.

  3. 00maltliquor - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Don’t get too comfy in MIA and continue to renovate your home Mr. Bosh. This is your last year riding coattails buddy.

    • sprint32 - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:10 AM

      up to Bosh. He can opt out or finish his contract. All 3 will return at reduced rate to get more talent in Miami

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:18 AM

        Not really up to Bosh. He can opt in and end up getting traded for depth and/or assets, or he can opt out and not get brought back at all.

        I hope they keep him, not that I’m a MIA fan or anything close, but star players consistently moving around the league gets old to me. I liked it when back in the days they’d stay with one or two teams pretty much their whole career.

  4. isujames - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    INEVITABILITY, bad news for thw fans of these other wishfull teams.

  5. m4a188 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    If anyone is getting moved it is going to be Bosh.

  6. mikekowa - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    You think LeBron is going to take less money?

    Bahahahahahaha

    No.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      He did with his last contract.

  7. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Lebron isn’t leaving Miami for anywhere especially LA.

  8. cantonbound13 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Hey Bosh Spice, now’s a good time to put your home on the market.

    • leahcima1 - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Now cantonjerk is a real estate genius. Is there no end to jerk’s knowledge?

      • cantonbound13 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Silence, moron! You may learn something.

      • leahcima1 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        What would I learn from you, how to make a fool of myself by just opening my mouth?

      • leahcima1 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        PS – Cantonjerk unlike you I’m happy when something good happens in basketball even if it happens to a rival. Congratulations on Steve Mills returning to the Knicks front office. I’m sure he’ll have an impact. :)

  9. gmsalpha - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I see Wade moving on before Bosh. Wade is a shell of the Flash we all knew from ’06, and is almost a liability. And considering his Chinese sneaker line, the Heat will use that money for a better/younger player and let D-Wade go to Peking where he can grow his business.

  10. cruzan80 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Bosh should leave wheather they win the chip or not. Spolstra has yet to figure out how to maximize this guys talant & has reduced him to a jump shooter. He’s still young & talented enough to help some other star in the league win a couple titles ( i.e. D. Rose ). This guy averaged 20 & 10 like his entire career before signing with Miami. Now he’s the scape goat everytime “King James” & D. Wade comes up short.

    • bougin89 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Bosh would have to give up a lot of money if he opted out of his contract. He would be leaving 2 years and $42.7 million on the table. Even if he resigned for longer he’d be giving up a lot of money. If anything I would say Bosh would opt out next year and try to get one last long term deal before he hits 30.

      • kinggw - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Money is not an issue. Whether he stays or goes, Bosh will get paid. There arent many bigs with his skill set. Sure he gets overmatched when he has has to defend centers who outweigh him by 50-60 lbs, but he’s one of the best fours in the game and seems to be getting better every year.

      • cruzan80 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Players of Bosh’s caliber arent making these decisions based off money anymore. Hes gonna get paid regardless. If money was the priority for him he would’ve never gone to Miami in the first place. He couldve gotten damn near what Amare got in NY but took almost half instead. D12 just took 30 mil less to LEAVE the Lakers. Its about ‘situation” for these guys now. They make their money from like 9 different avenues outside the NBA.

      • bougin89 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        This comment is extremely uninformed.

        Amare 5 years, $99,743,996

        Bosh 6 years, $109,837,500

        Bosh “took almost half”??

  11. isujames - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Silly people, must’ve been eating Trix, why would the Heat break up a good thing?????

    • cruzan80 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      See Jordan’s Bulls…Kobe & Shaq’s Lakers…then ask yourself that question again genius.

  12. papichulo55 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Big Man Basketball is making a comeback. Oden made a mistake if he thought that he would not playing important minutes. I, for one, hopes that Oden comes back and plays well.

  13. kanemoney - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    The NBA desperately need parity to mitigate teams like the heat. The fact that the betting line for the Heat to repeat is 2:1 is disgusting. Football and baseball are great because any team has a legitimate chance to win.

    • detroitbasketballfan - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Im sure michael jordan was a 2-1 favorite after he won 2 championships in a row. To be honest I think there overrating the heat even with a healthy d wade Chicago or Indiana could still beat them in the east and houston, gs and lac are wild cards as to how they match up. Thats 5 teams that could best then. The heat are probably the favorites but oddsmakers are really overrating them.

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