LeBron James may not see Saturday’s preseason contest against his former Miami Heat teammates as being much of an issue, but at least one of them doesn’t appear to be viewing it the same way.
James had a close personal relationship with Dwyane Wade even before joining him in Miami, and both players have said that the bond will remain, despite LeBron leaving this summer to return to Cleveland in free agency.
Chris Bosh, however, isn’t exactly feeling all warm and fuzzy about seeing James on the opposing team this weekend.
Asked by reporters if he had talked to his former teammate since James’ decision to leave the Heat, Bosh answered a succinct: “no.”
As to whether he was looking forward to seeing James on Saturday at the game in Rio de Janeiro, he replied with a lukewarm: “Yeah … I don’t know.”
“I’m in the mode where I’m trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here,” he said.
“If guys aren’t in this locker room I don’t have much time for them — if any.”
Bosh is usually thoughtful and honest when speaking with the media, so if this is truly how he views things, the fact that he’s willing to be so forthcoming about it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
But it does give fans something to hold onto in terms of looking for some sort of animosity to develop based on the prior relationship.
If Bosh truly wants to focus on his own team and what they are trying to accomplish, then feeding into the emotion of the reunion with comments that could be viewed as inflammatory probably isn’t the best way to handle the situation.