Chris Bosh didn’t seem all that excited about the prospect of facing LeBron James in a preseason game in Brazil this weekend, and though his initial remarks on the matter may have seemed cold, Bosh wanted to make it clear that no personal animosity exists.
Bosh said he hadn’t spoken with LeBron since he left for Cleveland in free agency, but backtracked a bit on that Thursday, while stating matter-of-factly that his attitude toward James is strictly business.
“There’s no hard feelings or anything,” Bosh said after the Miami Heat practiced Thursday in advance of their preseason game against the Cavs on Saturday. “If we’re both trying to win, he’s against us, and that’s a matter of fact.” …
“He had a baby shower, and we sent him a gift for his daughter,” Bosh said. “Then training camp started, and that was about it.”
Clarifying comments he made Tuesday, Bosh said he did speak with James briefly at Dwyane Wade’s wedding Aug. 30.
“My time is backwards and everything, but we talked,” Bosh said. “I want people to understand I’m a competitor, and he’s on the other team. I think he’d understand that, and I understand that, and that’s how it is now.”
Bosh has been vocal this week on the subject, and despite his attempt at clarification, some may see his comments as thinly-veiled shots.
In addition to responding coldly when the topic of James has come up, he issued a warning of sorts to Kevin Love, essentially letting him know that the sacrifices he’ll need to make while playing alongside the game’s best player will be anything but easy.
Bosh will be expected to shoulder the bulk of the responsibility now that James has moved on, so maybe all of this is his way of gaining a new level of focus in advance of the challenge that lies ahead. But in light of all that’s happened, he does come across as being a bit salty about how things have played out.