Chris Bosh was 'offended' by LeBron's exit from Heat

Dan Mennella
November 21, 2020 - 11:16 am

Former NBA star Chris Bosh is opening up about the crackup of the LeBron James-era juggernaut Miami Heat.

Bosh, appearing on a podcast this week, suggested he was blindsided by James' famous return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, after a successful four-year run in Miami.

The 36-year-old Bosh, an 11-time All-Star, recently told Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on the "All the Smoke" podcast that James informed him and Dwyane Wade of his decision by text message -- only minutes before it surfaced in news reports.

Bosh, now retired after last playing with the Heat in 2015-16, admitted that he was shocked and stung by the text message breakup.

“Was it talked about amongst you three?" asked Barnes. "How did you find out he decided to take his talents back to Cleveland?”

“Through a text," Bosh said, laughing. "Through a text. I thought he was BS'ing, and then about 10 minutes later, it’s everywhere.

"I understand it. I get it. At the time, I didn't understand it. At the time, in my mind, I was ready to put the team back together because we had just lost, so we wanted to put something back together so we could win. And it really didn't go like that."

Bosh conceded he "took offense."

"I took offense to it to be honest with you, at first," he said. "I was only thinking about how I felt about it, and me and 'Bron talked about it. But, you know, I'm a competitor, and when you go back to that locker room, and 'Bron ain't in that chair, and then everybody is looking at you for that 25 points ... it's like, 's--t man, my knee hurts!'

"We really did realize how special of a player he was -- but at that time, you know, I’m super competitive, I was upset, it still worked out for everybody -- but I was upset, and it took some time to get over it. I want to say it took months to get over it. We had to be in the same place and talk about it. Nothing deep, but just talk and get back to good terms, and get back to where we were. I’m glad we did. It was tough to deal with.”

The Heat took a step back following James' departure, falling below .500 in their first season without him. They rebounded in 2015-16, Bosh's last season, returning to the playoffs before they were knocked off by the Toronto Raptors in the second round.

James meanwhile led the Cavs to the Finals in each of his four seasons in his second stint in Cleveland, a run which included his third career NBA title in 15-16.

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