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Chris Bosh on those calling for him to take his $75 million and walk away: ‘I get it. I totally get’

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Chris Bosh is due $75,868,170 over the next three years.

The Heat aren’t trying to stop him from getting that money. They just want to remove his salary from the cap and maybe have insurance pay a portion of it.

But Bosh has vowed to continue his career despite blood-clot issues.

Why?

Bosh, via Uninterrupted:

What I would say to people who just see the money and then kind of see my situation and say, “Hey, just walk away.” I get it. I totally get. I understand it. I hear you.

But I’m not really thinking about money. I’m just thinking about where my heart is. It’s just about I love the NBA. I love playing basketball every day for a living.

So, yeah, I hear you. It’s right there. And that’s kind of been the part that makes me confused is because it’s just right there. All I have to do is walk way. Think about that more so. All I have to do is just leave. You’ll never hear from me again. I’ll probably just do other things, and I’ll be fine. And that makes it confusing, because my heart – I know where my heart is. And I just would feel like I’m giving up if I just walked away, just easily like that.

It sounds as if Bosh is also somewhat conflicted with his stance.

He’s a competitor far beyond the average person. That’s what it took to become the player he is, and he can’t can’t just shut off that part of his mentality, for better or worse.

But Bosh is also worldly with a variety of interests outside basketball. He could have a fulfilling retirement.

If Bosh wants to continue this fight, that’s certainly his right. But at some point, he might have to come to terms with his career being over.

LeBron James rejects Giannis Antetokounmpo at the rim

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Through the first couple games of the season, Giannis Antetokounmpo has put up impressive numbers — he dropped 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists on the Cavaliers Friday night.

But the Cavaliers still have LeBron James.

He had 24 points and 8 assists, leading Cleveland to the win.

LeBron also reminded the Greek Freak just how good a rim protector he is. Few people can slow Antetokounmpo on the drive, but LeBron is one of them.

Is it too early to root for a Cavs vs. Bucks playoff series?

Hawks’ DeAndre’ Bembry out with fractured wrist

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In their season opener Wednesday, Atlanta second-year man DeAndre’ Bembry came off the bench and played 17:45, scored six points and was +13 on the night. It was a good start to his career.

But now he is going to miss some time with a fractured wrist.

Bembry underwent an MRI, which revealed a fracture in his right wrist, the Hawks announced Friday. He will return to Atlanta with the team (the Hawks lost to the Hornets Friday night) and will meet with team doctors at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center on Monday. His status will be updated after that.

“We just may play some other guys more, we may use some of the young guys,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer told the AP before Friday night’s game. “We’ll just figure it out tonight and as we move forward. I don’t think there’s anything guaranteed for anybody, it’s unfortunate for DeAndre’ and for us.”

 

Danny Ainge says Celtics will apply for Disabled Player Exception

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It’s not likely Gordon Hayward returns this season. His agent said as much, although a return in March is not out of the question. (It’s better PR wise for the Celtics to say he is out for the season, then if he returns early great, it’s better than setting a deadline he doesn’t meet.)

With that, the Celtics are going to apply for the Disabled Player Exception, which could help them land a replacement player, Danny Ainge told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe on Friday the club is applying for the Disabled Player Exception, which would provide the Celtics $8.4 million to pursue a player to fill Hayward’s roster spot.

“We’re in the process of doing that,’’ Ainge said. “We have a while to do that. There’s no urgency, but we will apply for that.”

There are limits to what that money can get the Celtics. The money is the same as the mid-level exception, the Celtics can go over the cap to use it, and the player can be obtained via free agency or trade. However, the player must be in the last year of his contract.

It gives the Celtics options. It also does not mean Hayward cannot return, it only means NBA-approved doctors determined he is not likely to return before a mid-June deadline.

Kings hire former WNBA Seattle coach Jenny Boucek as assistant

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The NBA now has a third female assistant coach.

The first was Becky Hammon, who has been part of Gregg Popovich’s Spurs staff for several years (and has coached their Summer League team). The second was Nancy Leiberman, who has been on the staff in Sacramento for a couple of seasons now.

Now the Kings have hired former Seattle Storm coach Jenny Boucek as an assistant coach on Dave Joerger’s staff. She will work as an assistant player development coach.

A former WNBA player in the league’s inaugural season, the past three years she has coached the WNBA’s Seattle Storm (she was fired midway through the last season), and prior to that had been the head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-09.