The Miami Heat doctors have yet to clear Chris Bosh to play for the team when training camp opens in a couple of weeks.
But Bosh’s campaign of pressure to get them to do so — to agree to a plan involving management of the serious blood clot issue that kept him out the second half of the last two seasons — continues. He has used social media in the past, plus had leaks from the Union side that the Heat were leaning toward a deal.
The latest salvo comes in the form of Bosh appearing on the Open Run podcast tied to The Uninterrupted, and was very clear when asked if he was ready for training camp.
“Absolutely. We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement in May that as soon as I’m ready to play, as soon as possible, I’ll play. I’m ready. I’ve done all my work working with the doctors. I’m in incredible shape. … I look good when I take my shirt off.”
Bosh said he expects he and his team of advisors to reach a deal with the Heat, and he thinks the owner wants to see him in camp.
“Especially with Micky Arison saying, ‘I’ll see you at camp.’ I think it’s moving forward,” Bosh said. “I have no reason to believe it’s not. We’ll finish this.”
The Heat are far more cautious. There are questions to be answered about what kind of blood thinners Bosh will take, would he come off them on game days (or use one that is gone from his system in eight hours), plus would there be travel or minutes restrictions. People with this kind of recurring blood clotting issue — and Bosh had a clot travel to his lung two years ago — are often on blood thinners for the remainder of their lives.
Miami wants to cover its bases. Bosh just wants to play.
The two sides likely will strike a deal. But until they do, Bosh is not going to let up the pressure.
Following the great tradition of Shane Battier and Andrew Bogut, Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard – who got his Raptors championship ring last night – had a special finger picked for it.
I have a logo in there, and it’s on my middle finger. So, it reminds me to put it on my middle finger. So, I have like an F U symbol on there.
Leonard’s hand is filling up. He already earned a championship ring with the Spurs in 2014.
I suspect this ring is also for San Antonio.
Timberwolves rookie Jarrett Culver, the No. 6 pick in this year’s draft, was the biggest basketball star of his family.
Emphasis on “was.”
Culver’s younger brother, J.J. Culver, scored 100 points in a game for Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, Texas) on Tuesday.
Jarrett, via Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis StarTribune:
“I left the gym and my phone just blew up,” Jarrett said. “Everyone is texting me, ‘Your brother, your brother.’ So I FaceTimed him. I was like, ‘No way!’ I didn’t know what to say. I was in shock. It felt like I was dreaming.”
“I feel like I dropped 100 the way I was celebrating with him. I was super-excited for him. He deserves it.”
- 22-of-29 on 2-pointers
- 12-of-33 on 3-pointers
- 20-of-27 on free throws
Obviously, it’s unconventional for a single player to take 62 of his team’s 77 shots. But it doesn’t seem this was designed in advance. Nor does it seem Wayland Baptist runs a wild scheme. J.J. just got hot early, and his teammates then decided to keep feeding him. Obviously, by the end, he was gunning for records.
How will Jarrett one-up his brother now?
The Lakers aren’t Showtime 2.
Are the Celtics?
Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown ran one flashy fastbreak last night.
NBC Sports Boston:
Though Walker scored 44 points, Boston fell to the Pacers, 122-117.
Another game, another Kings game-winning 3-pointer.
After Nemanja Bjelica hit a buzzer-beater against the Rockets on Monday, Bogdan Bogdanovic sunk the go-ahead 3-pointer against the Thunder last night. That stood as the game-winner once Richaun Holmes successfully defended Chris Paul on the other end, clinching Sacramento’s 94-93 victory.
The Kings have won three straight – over the Mavericks, Rockets and Thunder. The schedule softens over the next week and a half, giving Sacramento a real chance to rise in the Western Conference standings.
And if he keeps playing like this, Bogdanovic might find his way into a starting lineup.