Chris Bosh on return to NBA: “I plan to keep my options open as a player”

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The last time Chris Bosh stepped onto an NBA court, it was the game before the 2016 All-Star break, he has never been able to shake a blood clotting issue to the satisfaction of NBA team doctors (in Miami or elsewhere). He and the Heat came to an agreement to part ways.

Bosh also loves the game of basketball and wants it in his life. He’s got money, a young family, diverse interests, but you could tell when he called into NBA TV’s Players’ Only broadcast on Tuesday that basketball is still in his blood. He still wants to be a part of it. Here are his comments, as transcribed at NBA.com.

“I’m always going to be around the game of basketball,” Bosh said. “I plan to keep my options open as a player moving forward, but that’s not coaching. Maybe front office work, working with teams and spreading the game, maybe teaching the game to young people, that’s something that’s a very big passion.”

While he’s “keeping his options as a player” open, he realizes that his playing days are behind him now. Coaching is a grind and a calling, one that’s not Bosh’s style. But he likes the idea of being around the game and players again.

“I would want to work with guys that maybe aren’t starters, guys that are the fourth or fifth option,” Bosh said. “To be honest, I’m looking at today’s game and I put myself in that position and how I would benefit from the faster basketball, more threes, catch-and-go opportunities, attacking the paint with more space, that’s what kind of gets me juiced up and riled up when I watch today’s game. I would really want to teach someone how to function without having to have plays called for you.”

The game has evolved towards the kind of player Chris Bosh was, particularly in Miami, where he could space the floor, score inside, and was one of the handful of best pick-and-roll defending big men in the game. He is a high-IQ player who could help a lot of players today with their games.

It will be interesting to see if he gets that chance (and with whom).